Countless Lives had became stars due to the great earthquake. It is picking it up while saying that children are just part of the collection and the owners of whom the hands and feet were disjointed because of the tsunami will never understand. The stardust is gleaned. It is picking them up in tiles and pebbles now, for a lot of stardust that did not cut are covered with mud, and their light has only been shot so slightly.

Mother in the earth, please be silent.

“This piece was motivated by a story I heard about 2011 Tohoku (north of Japan) earthquake and tsunami. Children were gathering limbs of tsunami victims, calling this activity “parts collection”.

This story, told by a friend who runs a nursery in Sendai, never left my mind. I was feeling guilty because I could not do anything for the children who suffered such trauma. The same friend told me, more than a year later, that “We are all born for some reason in this era”, she must have meant the children, but I felt that the word “we” included myself, and I could hardly suppress tears coming to my eyes. I must admit that I have been waiting for such word that had cathartic effect on me. I searched myself what I can do, and I now think that I have permission to dance. I am working with this piece as if I am starting from nothing. I want you all to enjoy this piece as much as I am enjoying creating it.” Yuko Kawamoto, 2012

Yuko Kawamoto: dancer, choreographer and director of “Shinonome Butoh”company based in Tokyo, Japan. She studied Hijikata method (founder of Butoh style, Tatsumi Hijikata) in Waguri in 1991. Her style has been described as “strong” and “powerful”. She works as a special university lecturer and performs at festivals in Japan and internationally.

Concept + Direction: Yuko Kawamoto

Duration: 40 minutes (Aprox)



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