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
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)
- The three rivers
The project was funded
by Arts Council England.
photo by Sinan Bozkurt and Kuniko Kamioka
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"
photo by Sinan Bozkurt, Angel Rodriguez and Martin Everett
Artbeat Festival 2012, EGYPT
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.
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
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
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
Kaizo, video and dance collaboration with Alex Franck 2014.
Louis Franck is a singer-songwriter a leader of Esthetic Education.
Singer Louis Franck
Dancer Yumino Seki
Cameraman Eric Trometer
Director Alex Franck