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
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.
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.
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.