20(Thu) September 2018, 20:00 Open Studio and Showcase

The Floating Bottle Project (Process in Progress)

Natsuko Tezuka
Venuri Perera
Yeong Ran Suh

What is a modernized society‭?‬

What does modernization mean for us‭?‬

Who are we‭?‬

There is a bottle with a letter and instructions inside‭. ‬The instructions tell their readers to re-examine different senses of value from before and after Western modernisation‭. ‬Through experiments‭, ‬the bottle‮ ‬’s recipients are invited to create a new piece of performing arts that allow them to survive the present‭.‬

This project is an extension of the‭ ‬‮ ‬”Archive Box‮ ‬” Project‭, ‬originally conceived by Ong Keng Sen from Singapore together with the Saison Foundation for the 1025‭ ‬Singapore International Festival of Arts‭. ‬The‭ ‬‮ ‬”Archive Box‮ ‬” Project is based on the question‭ ‬of how dance artists may address the fact that their works are fundamentally ephemeral‭. ‬Archive boxes were then created‭, ‬to be‭ ‬used by other artists‭, ‬who might in turn be inspired to make new dance works from the boxes‭. ‬The project was an attempt at transferring ephemeral pieces of dance into physical objects‭.‬

In Floating Bottle Project‭, ‬Japanese dancer and choreographer Tezuka converted her piece entitled‭ ‬‮ ‬”Anatomical Experiment-6‮ ‬” into an archive box‭. ‬Then‭, ‬Perera created a new performance based on this archive box‭, ‬which was the‭ ‬‮ ‬”bottle with the letter and‭ ‬instructions inside‭.‬‮ ‬” This exchange between Tezuka and Perera became the‭ ‬‮ ‬”Floating Bottle Project‭,‬‮ ‬” in which then Suh from Korea will receive the bottle and create new work‭.‬

The showing of 3‭ ‬pieces by Tezuka‭, ‬Perera‭, ‬and Suh all together will mark the start of collaboration toward the creation of new‭ ‬dance‭ ‬

Artist Profile

Natsuko Tezuka started her solo dance career in 1996, exploring her own style that doesn’t employ conventional techniques. She produced her “Anatomical Experiment” series with the theme of body observation in 2001. The work was presented as a finalist for the Toyota Choreography Award in 2002. In 2010, she started a new project “Asia Interactive Research”, to observe Asian folk performing arts. From December 2012 to February 2013, she performed Anatomical Experiment 6: Departure From a Distorted Image in Fukuoka, Yokohama and Kobe. She performed in Dance Marathon: OPEN WITH A PUNK SPIRIT! at the Singapore International Festival of Arts (2015) and Asian Arts Theatre in Korea (2016).

Venuri Perera is a performing artist exploring contemporary approaches to dance-making in Sri Lanka. She holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Pune and in 2008, and completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Dance from Laban Centre, London (2008). Venuri was part of international residencies, including at Indonesian Arts Summit: Yogyakarta/Bali and Asian Arts Theatre in Gwangju, where she researched the cross cultural connections in local rituals. She was part of the ‘Archive Box’ Project initiated for Dance Marathon: OPEN WITH A PUNK SPIRIT! in Singapore International Festival of Arts in 2015. She is a member of the Dance Panel of the Arts Council in Sri Lanka.

Suh Yeong Ran is a performing artist. She researches on ancient beliefs and mythology. She first studied Fashion and then moved to Modern Dance, Choreography and Philosophy. In 2011, She started to research about Korean shamanism that resulted in a lecture performance I Confess My Faith that premiered in Festival Bom. In 2013, she participated in a Nomadic residency in Mongolia and researched on the relationship between Korean and Mongolian shamanism. She created the performance The God of Earth Comes Up Imperfectly invited by Festival Bom and Festival Tokyo introducing new performances inspired by shamanic resonances and traditional Korean dance & music.

Performance Schedule

20(Thu) September 2018, 20:00


BLACK BOX, Akademi Seni Budaya dan Warisan Kebangsaan(ASWARA)