Ito Kaori(Compagnie Himé) “Dears”


This is the domestic premiere of “Dears” by Ito Kaori, a Japanese dancer based in Europe. This piece was created to be a unison of letters each written by dancers to loved ones who have passed away. Dancers with unique traits seem to hover around like spirits as if trying to catch things that have disappeared. It is a dance to talk with and say goodbye to the deceased, and forgive the living. How do we view the invisible? Powerful performances by individual dancers meld into a single letter, a single voice, and become a person, a speaker about the invisible. By means of dance, they use strong expression to overcome the sadness of loss while proving their own existence.

  • 12.3 [Fri] 19:00
  • 12.4 [Sat] 18:00
  • 12.5 [Sun] 18:00
@Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No.1 3rd floor hall
  • Artistic direction and choreography:Ito Kaori
  • Script:Ito Kaori, Delphine Lanson and the performers
  • Artistic collaboration:Gabriel Wong
  • Performers:Marvin Clech, Ito Kaori(in replacement of Jon Debande), Nicolas Garsault, Louis Gillard, Delphine Lanson, Leonore Zurfluh
  • Composition:François Caffenne
  • Aid to dramaturgy:Taïcyr Fadel
  • Stage management :Thomas Dupeyron
  • Lights:François Dareys and Thomas Dupeyron (alternating)
  • Sound:Coline Honnons and Adrien Maury (alternating)
  • Production:Améla Alihodzic, Coralie Guibert, Laura Terrieux and Anne Vion.
  • Acknowledgments:Carlo Bourguignon, Arno Veyrat, Lazslo Gabuka-Lanson, Stéphane Batut, Céline Dartanian, Altan Zul, Benjamin Minimum, Noemie Ettlin, Yoshi Oïda, the participants of the La Parole nochère project for entrusting us with their letters, as well as to Wajdi Mouawad and the Théâtre de la Colline team for their complicity.
  • Production:Compagnie Himé
  • Coproductions:KLAP – Maison pour la Danse MARSEILLE, Mac CRETEIL, CentQuatre PARIS, Halles de Schaerbeek BRUSSELS BELGIUM, Théâtre du Fil de l’eau PANTIN Agora PNC BOULAZAC Aquitaine, Théâtre de SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, scène nationale, MA scène nationale – PAYS DE MONTBELIARD, PLAT TOYOHASHI JAPON, Château of Monthelon – MONTREAL.
  • *With the support of the Caisse des Dépôts sponsorship.

The presentation of “Dears” at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No.1 is possible thanks to the support of the Institut Français.

Compagnie Himé receives funding from the BNP Paribas Foundation for the entirety of its projects.
Compagnie Himé is supported by the French Culture Ministry – DRAC Ile de France, by the Île-de-France Region and the Val-de-Marne Department.
Kaori Ito is an associate artist with MAC Créteil and CENTQUATRE in Paris and in artistic companionship with KLAP Maison pour la Danse and in residency at Fontenay en scène and at Théâtre du Fil de l’eau in Pantin.

Ito Kaori Photo:Anaïs_Baseilhac

Ito Kaori

Born in Tokyo, Ito started classical ballet at the age of five. Trained at Alvin Ailey dance theater in New York. After participating as a dancer in the works of Philippe Decouflé, Angelin Preljocaj, Alain Platel, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and James Thiérée, she launched her own company HIME, choreographing her own work. She has also collaborated with Aurélien Bory and Olivier Martin-Salvan. As a producer of videos and paintings, she also regularly performs with Edouard Baer and Denis Podalydès in theaters and cinema. In 2002, she received the Yokohama Arts Foundation Award at the Yokohama Dance Collection, the National Committee Award in 2004, the SACD Award for Outstanding Choreography for Newcomers, and the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government.

Compagnie Himé

Ito Kaori founded Companie Himé in 2014, based in France and Switzerland. It receives funding from the BNP Paribas Foundation for the entirety of its projects. It has presented works including, “I dance because I do not trust words” (a duo with her father Ito Hiroshi) in 2015, “Fire me up” (a performance with Théo Touvet) in 2017, “Robot, Eternal Love” (a solo piece), “Is it worth to save us?” (a duo with Moriyama Mirai) in 2018, “Dears” in 2020, “Le Monde à l’envers” (for children) in 2021. Currently Ito Kaori works as an Associate Artist at 5 theatres; Mac de Créteil, 104, Théâtre du Fil de l’eau, Fontenay en Scene, and KLAP(La Maison de la danse) a Marseille. Compagnie Himé is currently supported by the French Culture Ministry – DRAC Ile de France, by the Île-de-France Region and the Val-de-Marne Department, and has presented 175 performances in France and abroad.