My goal is to enhance the contemporary audience’s sensibility of “the beauty of being as it is,” inspired by the traditional Japanese aesthetic of “furyu (風流),” literally wind flow.
I am a dance artist influenced by a Japanese view of nature and the philosophy of Tao. Like wind swirling through my body, dance is the fundamental force that allows me to think, sense, communicate, and move; my ongoing practice is to rediscover humans as a part of nature and to represent human movement as the embodiment of “The Way” of nature.
Nature encompasses the common elements of nature, including plants, flowers, animals, insects, birds, fish, ocean, rivers, mountains, water etc. But in Japanese, nature also means “being as it is.” For humans, this doesn’t mean doing as we please. To “be as it is,” we are constantly responsible for our own transformative state of being, in search of who we are, evolving together with others, following principles of nature in its cyclical thoroughness. There, the human mind is a seed source to create powerful phenomena. Any tiny movement can yield a moment of enormous impact. Our small actions can spark small social change—that can eventually lead to major and impactful social change. I work on my dance to discover “The Way” to cause such positive flow.
One of my experimental choreographic approaches involves the art of improvisation. For me, improvisation is everything and nothing. It is an invitation to go on a journey not unlike one you would partake in a Zen temple garden: a landscape of yin and yang, all the motion, sound, and the cosmic ephemera. Improvisation is a rigorous and serious expression of the “art of being.” For me, it’s Freedom, Order and Life Force.
Application of my study of dance anatomy with Irene Dowd, the neuromuscular facilitation technique, gradually became fused with my long-time interest in the Chinese meridians, which represent the Five Elements in nature: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. The imagery of ‘qi,’ or natural force, running through the body’s anatomical paths has advanced my imagery and visualization skills along with my movement practice.
The human body is a conduit of gravity. Humans can sense the gravity and read the shift of gravity both in themselves and others. In this way, humans can also sense the tilt of the space in between things and people—and even intangible mental tilts. With a keen sense of transformation and impermanence in the moment, my dance releases the audience’s mind and physicality to a new level of awareness by offering the glimpse of intrinsic quality in something ordinary and unpretentious. As a contemporary choreographer living in the world of technology, I believe dance has the power to reengage human physicality with the dynamics of nature.
My dance elevates the audience’s sensitivity in order to recognize the glowing, ephemeral beauty of being and gravity in themselves and others. It encourages perception of the intangible, or furyu. It affirms and nurtures the dignity of life.