Performances created by Kaori Seki are characterized by dancers’ flowing movements that may be likened to insects, primitive animals, or futuristic beings, functions of the five senses (sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch), body senses and skin to separate the body from reality, and serene dialogs with gravity. Her works emphasizes the importance of opening the audience’s senses to involve their whole bodies, not just observe with their eyes. Her layout and elaborate sets and timing for movements in place the dancers and the audience physically and mentally close to each other. These efforts have successfully created a sense of closeness with audiences. For this project, Seki aims to deepen the approaches previously used to create a heightened performance in a space extended both in a horizontal and vertical direction. The scenery created through layers of dancers’ movements, along with how the audience becomes involved with the dancers movements, are meant to weave performers and audience in an act of shared sensation.
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Kaori Seki was born in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture. She began classical ballet lessons when she was a little girl. At 18, she began to create her own dance, and gave her first public performance in 2003. In 2012, she won the French Embassy Prize for Young Choreographer at the Yokohama Dance Collection EX 2012 for a collaborative work with Teita Iwabuchi, and studied at the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine Angers (CNDC) in France. She also received the Nextage–Choreographer of the Next Generation grand prize at the Toyota Choreography Award 2012. In 2013, she won the new artist prize from the contemporary dance division of the Elsur Foundation. She recently participated as choreographer in a theatrical play written, directed, and performed by Keishi Nagatsuka. She participated in a production of the fashion catalog Rekisami to broaden her horizons. She became a Junior Fellow of the Saison Foundation in 2014.
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Art Center of Tokyo
(Adachi City, Tokyo)