Electric Japan 2022: See Art Through The Body
(This is a past event and is no longer running)
Dancer and choreographer Fukiko Takase presents See Art Through the Body, in collaboration with Hatis Noit and Meg Shirayama.
See Art Through the Body is a highly experimental and playful multi disciplinary dance piece, interweaving the movement of Takase, the voice of Noit, and the artwork of Shirayama to create a unique, dynamic and immersive experience.
The performance will be followed by a free exclusive live performance of Hatis Noit’s music after a short interval – included with ticket purchase.
Fukiko Takase was born in New York and raised in Japan. She has been dancing since the age of two under her mother Takako Takase and Katsuko Orita’s dance training. When she was 14, Fukiko started creating and performing her work for competitions to develop her creativity and physical capabilities. She received the Cultural Affairs Fellowship from the Japanese government, studied at Codarts Rotterdam Dance Academy, London Contemporary Dance School. As a dancer, she worked for Henri Oguike Dance Company (2006–2010), Russell Maliphant (2010), and Company Wayne McGregor (2011–2018). Fukiko danced with Thom Yorke in a music video and featured in projects for AnOther Magazine, County of Milan, Channel 4, The Brits, BBC Late Night Proms and Uniqlo. Her choreography includes Autumn Hunch and Cultivate a Quiet Joy.
Hailing from distant Shiretoko in Hokkaido, Hatis Noit now resides in London. The Japanese vocal performer’s accomplished range is astonishingly self-taught, inspired by Gagaku and operatic styles, Bulgarian and Gregorian chanting, to avant-garde and pop. From a young age she’s been aware of the visceral power of the human voice; a primal and instinctive instrument that connects us to the very essence of humanity, nature and our universe.
The name Hatis Noit itself is taken from Japanese folklore, meaning the stem of the lotus flower. The lotus represents the living world, while its root represents the spirit world, therefore Hatis Noit is what connects the two. For Hatis Noit, music represents the same netherworld with its ability to move and transport us to the other side; the past, a memory, our subconscious.
Her arresting first EP Illogical Dance is out on Erased Tapes, creating unique song-worlds with transcendent vocal interpretations that at once deconstruct and recombine Western Classical, Japanese folk and nature’s own ambience.
Tipped by The Guardian as One To Watch, Hatis Noit appeared as part of the Erased Tapes 2020 nights in Hamburg, Paris, Nantes and London, followed by a collaboration with cinematographer Vincent Moon for Elevate in Graz, Austria.
“One to watch: Hatis Noit — with her ethereal crossover of mystical and modern, this Japanese artist has been moving audiences to tears” — The Guardian
Born in Japan in 1982, Meg Shirayama currently resides and works in London where she explores geometric language through minimal painted forms. Her work draws inspiration from elemental geometries found in everyday utilitarian objects. Taking interest in the clarity of basic forms where she sees the economy of design and repurposing possibilities by shifting the perspective of orientation. After completing a MFA in Painting at Slade School of Fine Art in 2007, Shirayama exhibited her work in the UK and abroad, including: her solo exhibition in Rocket Gallery-London in 2008, at Minimalism and Applied I, at DaimlerChrysler Contemporary-Berlin in 2008, and at Museum Ritter-Baden-Wurttemberg in 2009.