Let's Go Tokyo

With the kind support of the Sasakawa Foundation, State Of Emergency's  Deborah Baddoo and Steve Marshall are working in Tokyo.

Teaming up with Japan based dancers and choreographers, Irven Lewis and Masumi Endo, together they are on a mission to explore freedom through live improvisation.

25 local, and some not so local professional artists are involved and through dance, music, painting, photography and film, first steps are being taken towards a new UK-Japan venture. Please take a look at some of the photographs and films.

Film

In this film, participating artists introduce themselves. Through our networks, and with the support of Japan based dancer/choreographer, Masumi Endo, a group of dancers, musicians and visual artists meet at Tokyo Steps Arts, Shinjuku, to discuss ideas for a collaborative project.

The session involves an introduction by Deborah Baddoo, followed by an exercise in which partipants help to devise a set of cards containing words that evoke concepts of freedom and restriction.

Film

State Of Emergency's lead artists, Deborah Baddoo and Steve Marshall form a group with Japan based dancers and choreographers Irven Lewis and Masumi Endo to demonstrate the improvisation concept.

The participating artists are arranged in groups of four or five, each group having its own musician.

"There are no mistakes.  There is no right way and no wrong way - only the ability to connect with a natural flow and inspiration." Steve Marshall

Film

After the demonstration, each group takes its turn at devising and performing its own improvisation inspired by key words evoking concepts of freedom and restriction.

This film features dancers Eri, Yusakoi and Megan with musician Ayasi.

To view all of the group and individual improvisations, including an introduction by Deborah Baddoo, please click here and go to the State Of Emergency Tokyo Steps Arts Vimeo Channel: https://vimeo.com/channels/1415031

Film

After the demonstration, each group takes its turn at devising and performing its own improvisation inspired by key words evoking concepts of freedom and restriction.

This film features dancers Eri, Yusakoi and Megan with musician Ayasi.

To view all of the group and individual improvisations, including an introduction by Deborah Baddoo, please click here and go to the State Of Emergency Tokyo Steps Arts Vimeo Channel: https://vimeo.com/channels/1415031

Venues and Curation

Going forward, State Of Emergency are working with Koichiro Osaka (pictured here with Deborah Baddoo). Koichiro is an art curator and the owner of Asakusa, an exhibition venue in Taito. His work involves the development of contemporary art programmes, and he is committed to advancing curatorial collaborations and practices.  We are talking about working together in the future and about the potential for artistic dialogue between the UK and Japan.

Koichiro is in touch with a range of venues in Japan, including  galleries, theatres and more unconventional spaces.

 

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