was shot on Friday the 13th of June 2008. It shows a total improvisation with dancer and choreographer Toshiko Oiwa
Originally from Japan, she's spent 11 years in New York in the 90's where she has danced with Twyla Tharp first, and then the Bill T Jones company with which she has toured the world. From 2002 to 2005, she stayed in Aix en Provence, south of France, where she worked under Preljocaj's direction. She now focuses on more personal projects, and just obtained a grant from Japan for an extensive stay in Brazil.
We met last year through my friend Vincent Sacripanti, even though I saw her in a Bill T Jones show some years ago. We had talked about doing this for a while. When we met this day, we decided to not give each other any direction at all, and instead to leave this performance totally open. The fact that I play without directly seeing her was the only thing we agreed upon before starting which allowed me to stay connected to her dancing in a much more organic way. Seeing her, in fact, would have been way too distractive.
This experience took me back to when I was myself in New York and was getting so much from its unique energy. I felt very much connected to the moment and to her dancing while quite oblivious of myself in the same time.
Kind of like playing with a killing rhythm section. Her dancing is very deep. Deep like music can be. When it reaches such a high level of artistry, it gives me the same satisfaction.
If you can spare the time, I think it's best to look at it in a quiet environment. It lasts a little less than 47 minutes. If you listen with headphones, you should be able to hear the birds, and some of the piano harmonics.
Hope you like it. Feel free to drop