Kaori Seki’s work “WO CO” was staged at the Operaestate Festival Veneto in Bassano del Grappa in the Veneto region of Italy, and Berlin’s contemporary international dance festival Tanz im August. Seki’s troupe was invited to perform “WO CO” at both European festivals on the back of the work’s selection for the first HOT POT East Asia Dance Platform in Hong Kong in 2017, following its premiere performance in Tokyo in 2016.
Concept & Choreography: Kaori Seki
Interpreters: Shiki Kitamura, Yu Goto, Kiyotaka Suzuki, Yui Yabuki, Kozue Takamiya, Ernesto Peart, Kaori Seki
Technical Director: Chikage Yuyama
Lighting Plan: Masayoshi Takada (RYU)
Lighting Operator: Go Ueda
Sound Design: Yuji Tsutsumida
Perfume Designer: Toshifumi Yoshitake
Costumes: Daigo Takeuchi (SHITURAE)
Production Management: Dance in Deed!, Yoko Kawasaki
Production: Dantai Seki Kaori
Kaori Seki began studying classical ballet at the age of five and performing in modern and contemporary dance from the age of 18 while simultaneously also creating her own choreography. She has presented her work publicly since 2013 and established her company, KAORI SEKI Co. PUNCTUMUN, in 2013. In recent years, she has developed an interest in the ecology of humans, animals, and plants as well as sensory functions, staging work in Japan and overseas that incorporates such elements as smell and other senses. In 2012, Seki was the winner of the French Embassy Prize for Young Choreographer at Yokohama Dance Collection EX 2012 for Hetero, co-choreographed with Teita Iwabuchi, and the Next Generation Choreographer Award at the Toyota Choreography Award 2012. Her other accolades include the Elsur Foundation New Face Award in 2013 and Japan Dance Forum Award 2016. She was a fiscal 2014–17 junior fellow at The Saison Foundation.
Kaori Seki Co. PUNCTUMUN
Established in 2013. PUNCTUMUN is a portmanteau coined by Seki, made up of words “punctum,” meaning a small point, a spot, or a puncture in Latin, and “un,” meaning one in French. It denotes that one is in fact a collection of countless small points.
Dantai Seki Kaori / KAORI SEKI Co. PUNCTUMUN
Teatro Remondini, Bassano del Grappa, Italy
HAU Hebbel am Ufer (HAU2), Berlin, Germany