: Nogawanoyamame/ PIXTA
Lyrical-political dance theatre about the 3,000 year old Japanese art of apnoea shell diving with live music from sound stones, synthesizers, violin and koto.
AMA is the Japanese term for apnea shell divers who have mastered the 3,000 year old art of shellfish harvesting in Japan. In their work they combine tradition and modernity - regional identity and globalisation - coastal protection and nature conservation. The team of Euro-Asian performers in the new choreography by Yoriko Maeno creates a lyrical-political panorama of urgent intensity. The dance brings the element of water and the joy of life of the AMA to the stage. The physical expression is influenced by Japanese Butoh and contemporary dance. The movement arises from the inner perception. The stage design is clearly structured according to the aesthetic philosophy of Wabisabi. Additionally, film projections become moving parts of the choreography. The music comes live from sound stones, synthesizers, violin and koto. Each instrument brings its timbre from a different musical culture, creating a completely new sound.
Yoriko Maeno is a dancer and choreographer of contemporary dance. She studied dance and dance education at the Ochanomizu university in Tokyo. In 2019 she completed the certification course of dance pedagogy and choreography at the Career College in UDK Berlin.
As a dancer she works in many varieties of productions; New National Theater Tokyo, Tokyo Disney Resort and Wintergarten Berlin. In her solo works she built it up her own languages with intensive body movements. She is oriented towards mixing European dance style with Japanese expressional dance like Butoh.
Since 2008 she works as a freelance choreographer. She presented ten full-length productions, and since 2014 four of them in Berlin, where she lives now. In summer 2018 Yoriko got an Audience Prize for her Produktion “Lullaby-Komoriuta” in Tokyo-Babylon-Dance Festival.