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Performance duration

May 3, 2022, Tokyo, Tokyo Concerts Lab.

Takahiro Kuroda, Composition and Direction;

Naoya Sakata, Choreography and Dance;

Maki Sakurai, Izumi Shibata, Takashi Suzuki, Suzuka Nakanishi

and Satoko Hikasa, Dance

Creation period
January 14 ~ May 2, 2022

Performers and media required for performance

6 or more dancers and video

Commentary (English version)

On the one hand, this work directly represents aspects of humanity by projecting various recorded images of reality, and on the other hand, it uses dance to caricature what could be naïve and pure ideals, and what is anxiety about the possibility of something latently bad, that humanity could hold in their own minds. Video footage documenting a certain kind of reality is raw, except for fakes, whereas performing arts works, including dance, cannot escape being false or fictional. Will those who come into contact with the performance of this work feel strong resignation and deep despair towards humanity, or will they find faint hopes and slightly good possibilities in them? Or something else...?


In creating this work, there were three inner thoughts that I poured into it.


The first is to look again at aspects of humanity that can be seen from the history of conflicts that have continued from the human past to the present, the problems of the political systems of states and the various social movements of citizens since the modern era.
Reading through the history of mankind, it goes without saying that there is so much conflict between humans that it could be described as a history of war. Even today, wars, conflicts and civil wars are still taking place in many parts of the world, and the accompanying war crimes such as massacres, forced transportation and looting are also frequent, and can be said to be a problem facing humanity. Other problems include the persecution of ethnic minorities and the large number of refugees resulting from prolonged civil wars. (cf.:
Looking at the political systems of states, even today there are not so many democracies, but more authoritarian states (tyranny and totalitarianism). (cf.:
Revolutions and changes in the political system as a result of social movements such as protests (some peaceful, others escalating into riots) and riots by the people against authoritarian states can be seen in modern history, but there have also been instances, such as the Arab winter, in which authoritarian regimes have reverted to authoritarianism and civil wars have followed. There have also been cases, such as the Arab winter, where there was a return to authoritarian regimes and civil wars continued. However, I do not deny that citizens' actions, such as demonstrations and sit-ins, can change a society for the better.

Secondly, I am aware of my own problems with the media coverage in Japan. Japan's lack of international news coverage is a problem.
There are scandals and criticisms, but while the BBC has correspondents in various countries, few Japanese journalists are fluent in English to begin with. Another problem may be that Japanese people do not pay much attention to distant countries (e.g. Africa).
There is not that much news about Africa even in the West, but especially in Japan. The Arab Spring in North Africa (and the Middle East) was covered in the press, but the subsequent failures and setbacks (the so-called Arab Winter) and its effects were not reported as much. The Arab winter brought many refugees to Europe, and when I was in Austria, I occasionally saw news of such refugees (trying to cross the sea from North Africa to Europe).
The ongoing civil war in Syria was reported for a while, but has decreased considerably in recent years (although I think the commentators were all on the side of the Assad regime, even though it was reported).
Myanmar was regularly reported on, perhaps because of its proximity to Japan, but with the exception of immediately after the military coup last year, the situation in Myanmar since then has not been reported on. Many Japanese are probably aware of the conflict between the military and the democratic factions, including Aung San Suu Kyi, but the issue of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority persecuted by Myanmar's mostly Buddhist population, has not been recognised by many Japanese, although it has been reported in the past.
The ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine is reported daily at the moment, and as a result, the Donbass war that has been going on in eastern Ukraine since 2014, that was only recognised by people living in Ukraine, Russian and Ukrainian researchers, some journalists, military writers and military geeks, I think it is now known to the Japanese people. I feel that the initially active coverage of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in 2014 quickly shifted to other topics and did not lead to an increase in awareness of the war in the Donbass. However, I think the reason why this invasion is being noticed and reported is that it is happening in Europe and is an imposing invasion by Russia, a major nuclear power. (what about the invasion of Crimea in 2014?) Furthermore, I think it is due to the fact that Russia and Putin have often been reported in the past on the Suzuki Muneo case, the Northern Territories issue, etc. And it may be easier to report the news in an entertaining way, with Zelenskyy as the good guy and Putin as the bad guy (I don't deny that there is no justice for Putin and Russia in their one-sided aggression).

It is said that news in Japan has become entertainment, but I would like the Japanese mass media to report news responsibly and to create news that people are interested in in various ways. (I would like to add that national interests are one of the reasons why some countries are difficult to report on.)
Some independent media and freelance journalists in Japan are working to accurately report various situations in the world, but as they are basically online, the problem may be how to increase the number of people who reach their articles.

The third is resignation towards my own eventual powerlessness in these matters. I have been and still am trying to learn about history and to be sensitive to what is happening in the world today, and this work is an extension of that. However, as I watched various recorded images, I began to feel that resignation is nothing more than pity for oneself, and in that sense it is nothing more than a loophole to escape for me. In the end, this work may be a censure of my own immersion in resignation.

Commentary (Japanese version)



人類の歴史を読み解くと、戦争の歴史と言っていいほど、多くの人間同士の争いがあることは言うまでもありません。そして現代においても未だ戦争や紛争、内戦は各地で起こっており、それに付随する虐殺や強制的な移送、略奪などの戦争犯罪も頻発しており、人類の抱える問題とも言えます。他にも少数民族に対する迫害、内戦長期化による大量の難民の発生も問題の一つでしょう。 (cf.:
 国家の政治体制を見ると、現在においても民主主義国家の数はそう多くなく、権威主義国家(専制政治や全体主義)の方が多いです。 (cf.:



​ 3つ目は結局こういった問題に無力な自分に対する諦観です。ただせめて歴史を知ることや今世界で起こっていることに敏感であろうとこれまでも今でもしており、今回の作品もそういったことの延長線上であります。しかし、記録された様々な映像を観るにつれ、諦観というのは自分に対しての憐憫でしかなく、そういうある意味自分のための匿穴にしかないと感じ始めました。この作品は結局のところ、諦観に浸かっている私自身へ向けた糾弾かもしれません。

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