Fumiyo Ikeda / Un Yamada (BE/JP)


53% dance
28% music
19% word exchange
The two dancers and choreographers Fumiyo Ikeda and Un Yamada have been exchanging one word a day by email for some time. Fumiyo lives in Belgium, where she moved at the age of sixteen, making a career for herself over the past thirty years above all at Rosas, the company run by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Un, a few years younger, lives in Japan and only started working as a professional dancer later in life, albeit with her own company. In this way, the two women, who have similar roots but who embarked on very different dance careers, have developed a joint vocabulary of more than nine hundred words which serves as the starting point for the improvisation. The words they exchange – according to their rule – should have neither too much nor too little meaning. Like calamity, secret or colour.
Fumiyo and Un aren’t concerned about telling stories on stage. What counts for them is a common loss of time of unknowns that are known to each other, inter-relating two dance philosophies that include different forms of collaboration. Fumiyo has been involved in almost all major Rosas productions and also developed her own works together with Tim Etchells and Alain Platel. Un has also engaged in a number of more unusual collaborations – with mathematicians and physicists, for example. The duo is accompanied by the saxophone quintet of the BL!NDMAN collective founded by Eric Sleichim in Brussels and will play pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach, including amongst others his “Passacaglia”.

herbst remixed. Video impressions of the project.
Inspirations, challenges, contexts, background: a short interview with Fumiyo Ikeda and Un Yamada about the process of working and researching on “amness”.

Choreography and dance Fumiyo Ikeda & Un Yamada
Music Bl!NDMAN [sax] (Eric Sleichim, Koen Maas, Roeland Vanhoorne, Piet Rebel & Raf Minten)
Light and technique Hans Meijer & Koro Suzuki
Costumes Yuko Ikeda
Sound design Karel Marynissen
Artistic Assistance Naoko Ogata
Production Akane Nakamura, Claude Véron & Toshiko Uehara
Administration Martine Lange & Masanori Okuno

steirischer herbst
Dramaturgy Veronica Kaup-Hasler
Production Direction Dominik Jutz
Production Petra Pölzl
Technical Direction Karl Masten & Hermann Schapek

Grazer Spielstätten
General Management Kurt Schulz
Light Patrick Pichlmair
Sound Peter Habbe
Produced by Fumiyo & Un / precoq
Co-produced by steirischer herbst, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, PACT Zollverein (Essen) &
CC. De Grote Post (Oostende)
With support of Rosas (Belgium), KAAT Kanagawa-Arts-Theater (Yokohama), Co. Yamada Un (Japan),
Japan Agency of Cultural Affaire & The Saison Foundation (Japan)

Dates and Facts


Thu 10/10, Fri 11/10 & Sat 12/10, 21.30

Dom im Berg

18 / 12 €
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Talk following the second performance

//amness blog