peri

Kamigata-mai, which is a kind of traditional Japanese dance, is strongly influenced by Noh. It is known for its abstract expression with the movements that have been cut out. In the videodance, the movement of Mai is reinterpreted, and the intention is to expand like outer space, which is created from the minimum movement. In Japanese traditional dance, which shows the body including the kimono rather than the body itself, the outline of the body is expanded, and the kimono and the air and light around it dance together.
The title "peri" is a fairy that appears in Persian mythology. In Suffolk, England, the Arctic Aurora is called "Perry Dancer", and in Scotland he is called "Perry" in the Shetland Islands. It is called this because the light seems to be dancing.
Even in Japan, the appearance of fireflies shining light and flying around in search of a partner is sometimes called "the dance of light." It is interesting that the movement of light is regarded as "dance" in the east and west, so it becomes the title of the work.

  • Yuuki
    Director
  • Yuuki Takita
    Key Cast
    Performer
  • Kei T.
    Camera
  • otonagi
    Music
  • Kei T.
    Special Adviser
  • Yuuki
    Choreographer
  • Project Type:
    Experimental
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 43 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 11, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    100,000 JPY
  • Country of Origin:
    Japan
  • Country of Filming:
    Japan
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Screen Dance Festival
    Stockholm
    Sweden
    April 28, 2021
    Europe Premiere
    1 Minute Selection
  • Braga International Video Dance Festival
    Braga
    Portugal
    April 28, 2021
    Portugal Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Loud Soul Music Festival
    Belgrade
    Serbia
    June 30, 2021
    Award Winner
  • Xsection Dance and Science Film Festival
    Boston
    United States
    August 27, 2021
    North American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Mostra International Videodance Festival
    Sao Carlos
    Brazil
    October 24, 2021
    South American Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Dance Camera Istanbul (Dance Camera Pandemania)
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    February 4, 2022
    Middle East Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Kalakari Film Festival
    Dewas
    India
    March 12, 2022
    Asian Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Yuuki

Yuuki is an artist of traditional Japanese Kamigata dance which of the minimum motion in the world, express through her own performance, photography and film.
She convey contemporary image by dancing of a Japanese fan and kimono to the world.
She started dance and tea ceremony from her childhood, studied architecture, garden design and landscape at Tokyo University of the Arts.
In 2009 she performed solo dance "tears of Eos"(movie, theater) in Asahi Art Square, Tokyo.
2012 summer, Her dance photography was exhibited in the video dance festival "wallpaper dance" in Italy, Trieste.
In autumn, she did solo performance project "camellia" in Beppu Contemporary Art Festival "Mixed Bathing World" in Japan.
In 2013 she made Dance film "aquarium" with filmmaker Kei T. and musician.
It is selected from The International Video Festival "Agite y Sirva" in Mexico, "Festival International de Video Danse de Bourgogne" in France, "dança em foco" in Brazil, "El Espejo" in Colombia and "International dancefilmfestival brussels 'L'art difficile de filmer la danse' " in Belgium, Festival Internacional de VideoDanzaBA in Argentina, "Dances with Camera" in Poland, "BANG" Barcelona Videoart Festival, “The Outlet Dance Project” in U.S.A.
The piece was screening at Puebla, Mexico and Cinema Le Morvan in France in April, Bogota in June,at Rio de Janeiro in August and at Oaxaca, Mexico, at Bruxelles and Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti in Buenos Aires in September 2013, at Poznan, Poland and at La Casa Elizalde, Barcelona, Spain in April, Grounds For Sculpture in New Jersey, U.S.A. 2014.
It is also broadcast at "Pool Videodance Night", special program of International videodance festival "POOL" in Berlin, at the Berlin based art television "ikono TV" with global reach across 30 countries.

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Director Statement

My expression is based on the essence of Japanese traditional “Kamigata “ dance in a contemporary style. It expresses what is produced in the relation by various environment and other culture.
Japanese traditional “Kamigata” dance shows the fan, kimono and the pattern of cloth. And It also show the space in the surroundings of dancer and it is aesthetics unique to Japan.
It is the opposite of the Occidental dance which shows the body.
Moreover, Japanese traditional Kamigata dance is expressed by the minimum motion and is a dance with the smallest motion in the world.
It's interesting to note that traditional "tea ceremony" of Japan calls a motion of a hand “Te-mae” (accomplishment in tea-serving manners), and this is small dance of "hand" for making tea.
I am groping for expressing profound traditional Japanese culture, such as this "Kamigata dance", "kimono", and "tea ceremony" with a global view in a contemporary style rather than remaining as it is.
It aims at telling the beauty of tradition of Japan to the world by a new technique by present-day sensitivity, and going, being an inspiration produced in a trip or mixing collaboration with other culture.