Under the motif of Franz Kafka’s novella “The Metamorphosis,” this piece was produced as a non-verbal work offering the powerful physicality unique to Bushman. The process by which the main character feels intense loneliness after being isolated from society overlaps with the depiction of modern people under the coronavirus pandemic in the portrayal of a human being who has no choice but to seek communication, even in the most desperate of circumstances. By rejecting language and using the bodies of 13 male dancers as its mode of expression, this work articulated the universality of the novel, namely the origins of human biological activity.
Led by Ikumi Kurosu with members Bausch Tezuka and Shun Nakamura, who have been working together for eight years since university. They were joined by Rikito Eguchi in 2019. After a piece choregraphed by Kurosu won the Jury Prize at Yokohama Dance Collection EX 2017, the group launched Bushman. Since then, the troupe has presented works with a unique worldview which explore the differently formed body. In 2020 it won the JadaFo Dance Award as Ikumi Kurosu＋Bushman.
OWLSPOT Theatre, Toshima City, Tokyo