Fumiyo Ikeda × Un Yamada “amness” in Kobe

  • Events
  • May 2 - 3, 2015
  • Art Theater dB Kobe

About the event


amness is an extraordinary meeting of two dancers that are almost contemporaries. They share the same roots, but followed a different path. As a 16 year old Fumiyo Ikeda came to Belgium and developed her career, to a large extent with Rosas. Un Yamada, six years younger, grew up in Japan and started her professional dance career relatively late. Un had seen performances with Fumiyo by Rosas in Japan, but they both met each other for the first time in 2010 in Lisbon. However different their background, there was an immediate BOND and the desire to work together. They start mailing each other on a daily basis a “Word of the day’. This diary of words will turn into a shared vocabulary of about 900 words. Through this dictionary you get an idea of what drives both dancers, but the different interpretations of the words and the ideas that lie behind them, are endless. Despite the distance between Brussels and Japan and despite the limited communication of words, gradually and almost invisibly, a real- be it virtual- meeting between the two performers develops. Their meeting is still contained in the EXCHANGE and accumulation of words, but will soon have a physical continuation on the stage. The glossary will be the dancers’ starting point for improvisation, wherebythe meaning, the sequence and the interpretation will constantly move and provoke small or large changes. Just like there are large and small changes in our daily lives. Herein lies an INTERESTING paradox that occupie both dancers: The apparent contradiction between the conclusion that life is a routine accumulation of the same facts, which apparently do not change, and the conclusion that everything constantly changes and never returns. This contradiction will find its way on stage, both in the tension between the two bodies of the dancers, as well as between the bodies of the dancers andother elements on the scene: the live music of BL!NDMAN and lighting design by Hans Meijer.

Fumiyo & Un is actually not a duet, but a trio, with the music as a third partner.The choice of music was obvious. Both share a passion for Bach. Much more than other classical music – Bach’s music feels very open to both dancers. The scores offer manyopportunities to improvise. At the same time Bach’s music works in a structuring way. The seemingly contradictory open and structured character of the music fits. well with the material that the dancers want to explore in this performance.

Through improvisation Fumiyo and Un discover that the tonality and depth of wind instruments such as saxophone and tubax, ‘fit’ the movements of their bodies. The combination of Bach and wind instruments immediately lead to BLINDMAN, the Belgian quartet of Eric Sleichim, that in 1999 made a remarkable arrangement of Bach’s chorale partitas for saxophones. In close collaboration with Eric Sleichim the dancers will continue their wondrous quest through the organ music of Bach and give it a prominent role in the show. In this sense the live performance of the music will be the major importance.


[Artist profile]

Fumiyo Ikeda

Fumiyo Ikeda, born in 1962 in Osaka, Japan. In 1979, she entered MUDRA, Maurice Béjart’s dance school, where she met Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. In 1983 she joined the newly-founded company Rosas. Between 1983 and 2008 she contributed to the creation of and danced in almost all the productions: Rosas danst Rosas, Elena’s Aria, Bartók / Aantekeningen, Mikrokosmos, Ottone,Ottone, Stella, Achterland, Toccata, Just Before, Drumming, I said I, In Real Time,Rain, April me, the Repertory Evening, Bitches Brew/ Tacoma Narrows, Kassandra, Raga for the Rainy Season, D’un soir un jour, Zeitung and the revivals of Mozart / Concert Arias and Woud. Fumiyo also contributed to several of Rosas’ films and videos: Répétitions, Hoppla!, Monoloog van Fumiyo Ikeda op het einde van Ottone Ottone, Ottone Ottone I & II, Rosa, Achterland and CounterPhrases. Alongside her activity within Rosas, Fumiyo Ikeda also worked with Steve Paxton, Needcompany, Josse De Pauw and Tom Jansen. She has participated in several films and theatre plays. In 2007 she created Nine Finger with Benjamin Verdonck and Alain Platel. This performance was selected for the Festival d’Avignon 2007. She appeared in the production in pieces, a collaboration with the British playwright and director Tim Etchells that premiered in june 2009. She performed in Life and Times, Episode 2, a performance in collaboration with Nature Theater of Oklahoma (2010). Since last season, she performes in the revival of Drumming and Elena’s Aria, and she leads the repetitions of Rosas danst Rosas and Bartók/Mikrokosmos. From March 2013, She is performing Nine Finger again with Stijn Van Optal instead of Benjamin Verdonck.


Un Yamada

Un Yamada was born in 1969 in Tochigi, Japan. She started her career as a choreographer in 1996. She finds inspiration and motifs in everyday gestures and actions, and BLENDS them with her unique sense of humor and wit. Un Yamada founded her own company Co. Yamada Un in 2002. Since then, the company performed in 27 cities in Japan and 20 cities in 12 other countries. She regularly works together with musicians and develops choreographies for theatre performances and operas. Her unique stage presence – energetic and feeble at the same time – and her witty concepts have lead to collaborations not only with fellow dancers and choreographers but also with mathematicians and physicists, for instance.

This is not Un Yamada’s first collaboration with a dancer/ choreographer residing in Brussels. In 2007, she worked with Yukiko Shinozaki (deepbleu, Brussels) to create hibi (meaning “everyday” as well as “crack” in Japanese), which was presented at Vooruit, Kaaitheater, and Stuk in Belgium, and at Kichijoji Theater in Tokyo.

Ticket information

Adv. 3000yen / Student 2500yen / Door 3500yen

[Ticket reservation]

 2nd May 19:00 http://amness0502.peatix.com

 3rd May 15:00 http://amness0503.peatix.com


Art Theater dB Kobe

Asta Kunizuka 4th 4F, 6-1, Kubo-cho, Nakata-ku, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan 653-0041


2nd May. 19:00 start

3rd May. 15:00 start


Choreography and dance
Fumiyo Ikeda, Un Yamada
Bl!NDMAN 【sax】
Light & Technician
Hans Meijer
Yuko Ikeda
Dance Box / precog
Steirischer Herbst Graz (Graz /Austria) Les Théâtre de la Ville de Luxembourg (Luxembourg) PACT Zollverein (Essen / Germany ) CC. De Grote Post (Oostende/Belgium)
Japan Agency of Cultural Affaire, The Saison Foundation

Press release

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