2020 – Kota Yamazaki
This year’s iteration of the WARE residency is part two of a two-part artist residency with internationally recognised senior Japanese dancer and choreographer, Kota Yamazaki.
Given the global pandemic this second iteration of the residency will be very different from the first, taking place virtually, rather than physically. Kota will remain in Japan. Residency hosts, Footnote New Zealand Dance will rehearse with Kota over a five-week period via Zoom beginning in September, to create a new dance work titled Fog, Nerves, Future, Ocean, Hello (echoes) 「霧、神経、未来、オーシャン、ハロー(木霊する）」 for Undercurrent, Footnote's double-bill season.
Footnote will tour this season around Aotearoa, New Zealand during October and November (pending alert levels), performing here in Wellington at the Opera House on 12 November. Tickets are available from 1 September.
Kota Yamazaki shares a reflective mosaic of visual delight in this new work Fog, Nerves, Future, Ocean, Hello (echoes) 「霧、神経、未来、オーシャン、ハロー(木霊する）」. Mysterious, surprising and beautiful, this work is the result of working across continents in a changed world. Inspired by the landscape of Wellington and the unpredictability of human behaviour, this work is buoyed by hypnotic sound design by Wellingtonian Jesse Austin-Stewart and fascinating sculptural set design by his Tokyo based collaborators. Ultimately, Fog, Nerves, Future, Ocean, Hello (echoes) attempts to reveal another dimension of Wellington through the ever-transforming state and body of the performers.