Falling Family is a new dance show by Yukiko Masui rooted in personal experience and exploring in movement those moments in family life that are simply not expressible in speech. It taps into the dark, conflicted, emotional space that cracks open when we encounter a loved one’s illness, mental breakdown or even death.
About Yukiko Masui:
Yukiko is a London based Japanese choreographer with a background in Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Ballroom and Commercial Dance. She creates culturally diverse, dancer-led & issue-based choreography of “the highest level” (thereviewshub.com), and is recipient of the DanceXchange Choreography Award.
“Once in a blue moon, along comes a performance that makes you sit up and pay unwavering attention.” - Sanjoy Roy on Unbox
Choreographer: Yukiko Masui
Dancers: Kit King, Julie Ann Minaai, Daniel Phung, Yumino Seki
Composer: Ezra Axelrod
Dramaturg: Arne Pohlmeier
Producer: Sarah Maguire
Commissioned by The Place, DanceXchange and Northern School of Contemporary Dance. Supported using public funding through Arts Council England.
‘Man is the unhappy combination of beast and god: if only we were divine, we would be liberated, immortal spirit; if only we were beast, we could be content in our instinctive ignorance’ - Thomas Stern, The Human and the Octopus
The Ephemeral Life of an Octopus questions the strangeness of having a body: vigorous, damaged, punctured, probed and animalistic.
Based on the choreographer's experience of cancer, the piece is inspired by the evolution of cancer cells and the lived experience of illness. At once scientific, philosophical and visceral, the piece looks at the dysfunction, chaos and vibrant life force of the body from within and without.
Age Recommendation: 12+
Choreographer and Director: Léa Tirabasso
With the collaboration of the Dancers: Catarina Barbosa, Alistair Goldsmith, Joachim Maudet, Rosie Terry Toogood
Composer: Martin Durov
Project Manager: Mathis Junet
Associate Producer: Hattie Gregory
Scientific advisors: Adeola Olaitan, François Eisinger
Philosophy advisors: Thomas Stern
Animal Transformation Coach: Gabrielle Moleta
Co-produced by: Kinneksbond Mamer, TROIS C-L Centre de Création Chorégraphique Luxembourgeois (LU), KLAP Maison pour la Danse Marseille (FR)
Commissioned by: The Place London, DanceXchange Birmingham, Nothern School of Contempoary Dance Leeds (UK)
Supported: Dance City Newcastle, South East Dance, GFTA Arts Council England (UK) ; Fondation Indépendance, Ministère de la Culture (LU)
Special thanks to the Wellcome Collection and Eve Appeal, Cancer Research UK
Venue: at The Place
This event is part of Spring 2019