MANJUSAKA, The Equinox Flower 2015


29th August 2015 Coastal Currents festival, Hastings

29th August 2015 JOURNEYS dance festival, Rye

9th October 2015 Light Night Leeds

Conceived and presented by Yumino Seki, Alison Grace and Fabiola Santana.  Soundscape by Nick Weekes, Led Light design by Caleb Madden, Stage set engineering by Jane Parkins and Costume by Leila McMillan.

Supported by Arts Council England, Coastal Currents festival, Hastings Borough Council & Leeds City Council

Produced by 18Hours & SEKI DANCE PROJECT


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image by Sam Sharples

 

MANJUSAKA, The Equinox Flower (work in progress)

10th & 11th September 2014 at St. Mary in the Castle, Hastings, UK


Conceived and presented by Yumino Seki, Alison Grace and Fabiola Santana.  Soundscape by Nick Weekes.  Led Light research by Jamie Griffiths.


MANJUSAKA is a fragrant flower in the amaryllis family that blooms at the equinox when the dead and living are believed to converge.  Inspired by the Japanese ancestor worship  MANJUSAKA explores immortal world through Butoh dance, LED lights and sound-scape.  MANJUSAKA is an evocative collage, a fusion of East and West, contemporary and traditional.  


There are 5 sketches;  

  • Fukushima Butterfly
  • The twins
  • GOKURAKU (Heavenly Plateau)
  • Manjusaka
  • The three rivers


The project was funded by Arts Council England.


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photo by Sinan Bozkurt and Kuniko Kamioka

 
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HYAKKI YAKOU - A Night Walk of A Hundred Demons

September 2013 at Hastings Museum & Art Gallery


Conceived and performed by Yumino Seki, Aisa Boaa and Mai Nguyen Tri.  Lighting Jim Roseveare, Soundscape Nick Weekes and Costume Anoushka Athique.


HYAKKI YAKOU is a site-specific Butoh dance performance.  The piece was inspired by  the Durbar Hall at Hastings Museum & Art Gallery.

Hyakki Yakou literally translates to a night walk of a hundred demons. In 17century Japan objects were believed to be given lives after nearly serving 100 years and the demons were the spirits of deserted objects.

The piece incorporated choreography, light, sound, costume and guided viewing within the architecture.  HYAKKI YAKOU examined a visual aesthetic with a sensory presence.


"Sheer breathtaking physicality and mental application…….."                       

"Fabulous use of space, time and other dimensions.  Poetic, peaceful and evocative dance – it moved me to tears"


Funded by Arts Council England and The Japan Society.  Kindly hosted by Hastings Museum & Art Gallery and listed in Coastal Currents festival 2013 and the Japan 400 www.japan400.com.                      


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photo by Sinan Bozkurt, Angel Rodriguez and Martin Everett

 



Artbeat Festival 2012, EGYPT

October 2012, 

El Mansoura, Alexandria and Cairo, Egypt.


Series of site-responsive improvisations.

Artbeat festival is a touring festival in Egypt.  'Music, art and craft for everyone'.


Organised by Cairo Jazz Club and Darb 1718 contemporary arts and culture centre. Funded by The Japan Foundation, Cairo.


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photo by La Moustache Design Studio, Egypt and jim Roseveare

 


Telling Stories,  Margate 2011 & Hastings 2012, 

Marine Studios and Hastings Museum & Art Gallery


Site-responsive solo improvisation. 


Telling Stories is a touring exhibition programme providing a platform for established and emerging artists to showcase experimental work in site-specific locations.  


"Yumino is the spirit of your exhibition, she brings something darker and more visceral to the work but without overshadowing it."


Curated by Cathryn Kemp.  Funded by Arts Council England and Hastings Borough Council.


Telling Stories, Hastings     Link

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photo by Sinan Bozkurt, Zero and Alex Brattell

 



Beyond the Circle

June 2011, Stade Hastings


Conceived and performed by Yumino Seki, Carolina Diaz and Ania Pshenichnikova 


‘Beyond the Circle’ is a durational dance piece.  Connecting the three circles in three locations through the journey of the three dancers. 


Location 1 - construction circle - the beach.

Location 2 - permanent circle - Stade Open Space.

Location 3 - animating circle - Stade Hall.


Commissioned by The Creative Coast, Hastings Borough Council


photo by Louise Kenward, Simon Mclennan, Marisu Liebus and Michael Kosakowski

 


INTERFACE, Oudenaarde, Belgium

August 2011


Site-specific solo improvisation.


 Interface is a two-site project linking Hastings and Oudenaarde, Belgium and marked the 20thanniversary of the twinning links between the towns.  Curated by Christine Gist funded by Arts Council England and Hastings Borough Council



photo by Ralf Nuhn

 



Site-responsive solo improvisation, Klatovy, Czech Republic 

April 2014



Performed at the opening of Jun'ichiro ISHII 's exhibition at Galerie Klatovy, Czech Republic.


Photo by Jiří Strašek 

 


Kaizo, video and dance collaboration with Alex Franck 2014.

Louis Franck is a singer-songwriter a leader of Esthetic Education.


Link


Singer Louis Franck

Dancer Yumino Seki

Cameraman Eric Trometer

Director Alex Franck

 



Warped space, The Frost Museum Drawing project, Miami

July 2013,


Warped space is a collaborative work between the visual artist Greig Burgoyne and dance artist Yumino Seki exploring and questioning the space with drawing and movement. 


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