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Almanac 2016: Aiko Kazuko Kurosaki (Vienna, Austria)

Almanac 2016: Aiko Kazuko Kurosaki (Vienna, Austria)

NETTÓ – Boiling Water
NETTÓ – Boiling Water The fine art of cooking – reduced to its minimum – the element water and the concentrated action of it – becomes a dance, an existential poetry – which guides the audience through cultures and time. Boiling water – a limit state inbetween two aggregate forms – as a synonym for the critical state of our currrent beeing. The everyday life of the Japanese society is associated with innumerous rituals. These rituals are not only the echo of past traditions, but stand for respecting life, action and entity. They are in strong contrast to life in the frantic, digitized, Manga-like, crazy mega-metropolises of Japan. The radical process of change makes the global fragmentariness of the society visible. Aiko is intensivly working with the basic principles of existence and the human exposure to those. From the roots of her origin and her long term western life experience, she is translating traditional forms and rituals into the contemporary contexts of our present time. Concept, choreography, dance an performance – Aiko Kazuko Kurosaki / live sound – Franz Hautzinger / dramaturgy, stage and light design – Thomas J. Jelinek / digital sound, visual media – Thomas Wagensommerer. Co-production of ‘tanz ist’ and ‘nomad-theatre’

Production History:
tanz ist – Festival für zeitgenössischen Tanz, Dornbirn, Vorarlberg, Austria


Artistic Statement:
Aiko Kazuko Kurosaki was born in Tokyo (JP) and studied dance and music in Vienna and Chicago. She received scholarships for further education in Vienna, Salzburg and Chicago. She was responsible for concept, artistic direction and choreography of the series “Tanzwerkstatt Metropol” 1988/89 in Vienna, where she was also featured as a dancer. She was member of the Butoh Company Cie. Ariadone / Carlotta Ikeda and worked as the assistant of Carlotta Ikeda in Vienna (ImPulsTanz, Wiener Festwochen), Tokyo, Paris, Berlin, Bordeaux a.o. between 1991 and 1999. Her Solos: “Kokoron” (premiere 1993, Festival for Contemporary Art, Bolzano/IT); the show window / display project “No Comment” (2009, LABfactory, Vienna); “BLANK” for “Untergang Art” (a co-production with Tanzquartier Vienna and; “Nettó” (2013, tanz ist Festival for Contemporary Dance in Dornbirn/AT) a.o. In addition she created several solo and group projects with Cie. Aiko for the Festival Transart Labin (HR), Haapsalu, Laanemetsa (EE), Imagetanz 1954 (Vienna), Q202 (Vienna), Soho in Ottakring (Vienna), tanz ist Festival for Contemporary Dance in Dornbirn/AT) a.o. Aiko creates performances, living installations, performative interventions in public space and transdisciplinary projects with the focus on environment and social critical topics, such as a performance/flash mob at the UNO-City Vienna for the memorial day of Hiroshima and Nagasaki against the re-opening of the nuclear power plants in Japan after Fukushima and is a co-initiator and artistic director for “One Billion Rising Vienna” 2013/14/15/16 a.o.






Photo by: SKA/Karin Schranz

This post is part of a series of profiles on performance and performance makers from this year’s book, Contemporary Performance Almanac 2016, an overview of contemporary performance presented during the 2014/2015 season available for touring now. If you would like to be apart of next year’s book, Contemporary Performance Almanac 2017, you can join the project here. 


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