Zone Nomadic - Dance Set
In 2009, the RYUTOPIA (Niigata City Performing Art Center), and the new National Museum in Tokyo presented a joint production of “ZONE”, a contemporary drama by artistic director Jo Kanamori.
The opposite of 'nomadic' is ‘academic’, so the scenography could not be descriptive. Indeed, it did not belong to a specific place or time. Instead, one thousand eight metre long chains were suspended to create a dynamic sense of movement, emphasized by the lighting, in order to create an abstract place of possibility, the ‘space of phenomenon’.
The music and costumes represented a patchwork of different ethnicities pieced together. A point of light gave the illusion of stage, a transient illusion, which through differing projection and reflection, became visible or invisible. The space was not set, but rather the uncertain expression of the 'nomadic' notion - an absence of presence, where particles behave flexibly to crate a range of scenarios through this ‘space of phenomenon’.[…] [×]