I’m really glad that Performance Mix #34: Remotely Yours turned out to be so productive for me. I was able to wrap my head around the ideas that were all circling in my head.
For their new work, Micro and Macro, binbinFactory will create a microcosm with dance choreography and Satoshi Haga’s drawing art projections. They have been working on the project since the earthquake and subsequent nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, where Haga was born and raised. It has taken them eight years to develop a way to understand and explain how this disaster has affected their culture, people, and the world. The project describes “fear of not to know what it is.”
We have been working on the project since the earthquake and subsequent nuclear disaster in Japan’s Fukushima prefecture, where Satoshi was born and raised. It has taken us 8 years to develop a way to understand and explain how this disaster has affected our culture, people, and the world.
Our project describes “fear of not to know what it is.”
Satoshi Haga and Rie Fukuzawa have been collaborating as binbinFactory since 2010. binbinFactory has been creating synthesized dance movements by combining techniques from our broad individual skills, allowing our joint movements to tell a story. We are both Japanese natives with eclectic resumes that include ballet, modern dance, mime, drama, manipulating objects, clowning, Tai Chi, and composing music and visual art. Together, we have been working on developing an original style of synthesizing Western techniques with Eastern forms, including Japan’s traditional and contemporary theater dance. These artistic and cultural forms are incorporated into our choreography to add layers of depth, with a touch of humor of our playful personalities.
Satoshi became a self-taught choreographer and visual artist, and frequently incorporates his artworks into binbinFactory’s performance. Satoshi grew up in Fukushima, Japan where the nuclear plant disaster happened in 2011. This tragic incident largely influenced his pursue in art and values in life.
Rie received her Master of Arts in Dance Education from Ochanomizu University, Tokyo. She came to New York with “Overseas Study Program Scholarship for Artists” funded by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Department of the government.
Although we are based in New York, binbinFactory had opportunities to perform internationally this past year. We created a short story for Off-Broadway Theater Breaking Through Barriers and did a Japan tour with them, we were invited to Le Festival de Bargemon in Southern France and to Seanse artist residency in Volda University, Norway.