Yu SHIMOMURA
Dancer

Yu received a grant to participate in the Camping project organized by the Centre National de la Danse.

 

What is your artistic background?

In 2005, I started at the literary & art department at Kindai University with the ambition to be an actor. That was a turning point for me because I started to perform in Laban Movement Analysis and worked with pieces of contemporary dance. After graduating from Kindai University, in 2009, I started to dance. But, in Japan, you can only apply for competitions and grants when you are a choreographer. For this reason, at the same time, I began creating my own pieces. I have learned from a lot of people and keep joining all kinds of workshops and studying other people’s pieces. In 2012, I started to create my own works following the concept “dance is a device by which people everywhere can co-exist”, which I call dance communication work. I am always thinking about "What is dance?", "Why do we dance?", "Where do people come from, and where people are going?". I am always approaching these questions in a physical, cynical, and theatrical way. In 2019, I won the first prize at Yokohama Dance Collections for Defection for Beginners: the Country of Dreams, which I created in 2018. 

 

How do you see your profession today?

"Something can only be completed by dance and be understood through dance”. These thoughts are always on my mind. I always communicate with audiences through my work. Dance needs no language. This is an attractive quality for me. Especially with contemporary dance, when audiences see the beginning of a piece, they are already communicating with performers. I want to create a piece which makes fellow creators and audiences feel that they are sharing and spending their time and space well. Through my productions, I also want to transmit, although we live in an intolerant world, that "you can be just the way you are". 

 

How do you see yourself in five years? In 10 years?

Actually, I don't really know how to answer this question. Because I live in this world. Before seeing myself in five years or 10 years, I prefer thinking "how this world will be”. But I cannot tell how this world will be. The only thing I know is that I will still dance and create and be inspired by the concept of this world. Because we are the world, and I am you.

 

 

This interview was conducted in 2019

Photo credit: Amandine Besacier