Japanese schoolgirls from Takasaki
BALLET NOAH Choreographie: Fabien Prioville
The group and the individual: included or excluded. And one’s own personality? Scenes, moments, glimpses develop from a group of uniformed school girls in white masks, a separateness emerges and is reabsorbed, steeped in poetic images and allusions. Individuality and the pressure to conform collide. Can one be accepted as one is, or does one merely pretend to be? From this mutual antagonism, fear, cowardess, hate and hidden violence cry out. Today in Japan, or elsewhere.
The choreographer Fabien Prioville, who was a member of Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch for many years, has created enthralling visual articulations of this tension: images of violence and isolation, powerful and expressive. The dancers are laymen, students at a Japanese high school. The project was undertaken in collaboration with Ballet Noah in Takasaki. This extraordinary evening of dance, a hybrid of Western dance theater and Japanese tradition, has received critical acclaim. Its German premier is in Wuppertal at the Internationales Tanzfestival NRW 2008.