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Being and Nothingness 存在と無

Masayuki Sumi

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Being and Nothingness 存在と無

Masayuki Sumi

Ein Tanzstück aus Japan

A 70-years-old japanese dancer express his thoughts on "existance" after the two great earthquakes in Japan in a dance performance.


The guy had the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in 1995, 

he'd lost his house, dance studio and a lots.
He saw Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. 


Asking himself and thinking about "life and death of human", 

and "what does it mean being alive", 


Not having my body, even the existence of mine? 

How about me? Does it exist anywhere? 

Not alive and also not dead?


Choreographie/Tanz: Masayuki Sumi

Konzept/Musik/Video: Yoshihiro Kawasaki


Choreographer & Dancer Masayuki Sumi:
Born in 1946, Japan. Presider over Dance Camp Project. After learning drama at Brecht theatre seminar in 1973-1976, he started dancing, because of his fascination by the silence of body. He created more than 20 choreographies. After the disaster of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in 1995, he started improvisation performance series: Magical Dance Gear, ZOYD.BA and ZOYD-LOGUE. He is also collaborating abroad in France, Switzerland, Germany and other countries. Since 2009 he is collaborating with Shin Dance Company in Busan/Korea.


Sound Artist Yoshihiro Kawasaki: 

Pioneer of field recorder in Japan. Launched the first satellite radio broadcast stations St. GIGA in 1990. He started sound installation in 1991 in Nippon Budokan/Kanazawa 21st century art museum and many other places. He worked for MSN-Japan Internet content "Sound Explorer" in 1997, that offered live streaming sounds from all over the world. He created the "Tender is the Night"-performing in the planetarium of the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Miraikan. He studied Lectures of Fine Arts - Intermedia Art at Tokyo University of the Arts.

4. Dez. 2016

With kindly support of

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Theaterhaus Berlin Mitte

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