‘Walking On Music’

by Aika Takeshima
‘Walking On Music’

*日本語は全てまとめて一番下にあります。(出演者紹介以外)

STORY

In the middle of the quarantine.

We couldn’t meet anyone.
Suddenly we got separated from each other.
We did everything alone. Walking, having coffee, watching a movie, doing groceries…etc.
We even could barely have casual conversation with a stranger, like “I like your shoes!”,
because literally there was almost no one outside and people were wary of each other.

We have felt alone…

….But we found Zoom!!

It made many of us keep connected each other.
It gave us energy.
Watching friend’s smile made us smile too.

“Long time no see! How have you been!?”
chatting and chatting every week.

After a few months, the COVID situation got a bit better.
Hanging out outside seemed like allowed.

“So…Why not meeting in person in a park !? and maybe dance together!?”
“Yeeees!!” “Let’s meeeeeeeeeet!!!!!!”

Start practicing a choreography to dance together.

The fact that we finally have a plan to meet friends made us so excited.
It changed our daily mood.

Finally, we meet in person for the first time since the pandemic happened.
We are just so happy…

Keep happy, hoping people around us get positive energy by watching our happy & funky
energy & dance.

-END-

Message in this work

THE IMPORTANCE OF PEOPLE AROUND YOU AND SMILE.

We tend to forget about the importance of people. But the COVID-19 made us realize it.

Even though we are coming back to normal now (July 2021), I would like everyone, including me, not to forget, but to remember and take more care of it.

And lastly, I hope  everyone will smile and get some positive energy by watching this work.

Since both smiling and laughing are proven to have extraordinary effects on both a person’s mental and physical health,
nothing would be happier for me than my work makes you smile or laugh!!

credits

AIKA TAKESHIMA

-DIRECTOR
-CHOREOGRAPHER
-DANCER

From Osaka Japan.
10+ year career dance artist, writer, and activist . She attended International Dance Program for 3 years in the academy Peridance Center in NYC working with and for international and national choreographers as Amy Jordan “Victory Dance Project Company”, Ashlé Dawson “ESTADO INGRAVITTO”, Julia Eshstrand and Elisabetta Minutoli. Her major is improvisation with a unique mix of many dance styles like contemporary, floorwork and locking/popping. She writes about art/dance/LGBTQIA+ holding workshops about “real diversity” founding in 2021 the organization LIVABALL in Japan.

SARA PIZZI

-CO-DIRECTOR
-DANCER

 

From Italy.
She started her career as a commercial dancer and teacher appearing in national tv shows and concerts.
Now it has been 4 years Sara moved to NYC, graduating at the Academy Peridance Center, working with international choreographers finding her new voice as contemporary- conceptual dance artist. Now she is working as free lancer founding her creative space SlR|P|Z and dancing with several NY artists and dance companies.

 

S|R|P|Z – Sara Pizzi Official Website

ALICE CASTRO

-VIDEOGRAPHER
-PHOTOGRAPHER
-DANCER

Born in Madrid, Spain.
She began her dance journey with street jazz. Eventually she started practicing ballet and joined ComUnity Danza’s Urban Dance Formation, under the direction of Ainara Prieto, where she developed her love for all the different styles and values of the community.
Alice also has an Audiovisual Direction degree and worked with some major TV companies before earning a scholarship to Peridance’s Certificate Program, giving her the opportunity to pursue her dance career and expand her vocabulary with jazz, tap and contemporary. Since then she’s had the chance to work with and perform works by Princess Lockerooo, Gwen Potter, Sun Kim, Diego Funes, Kenichi Kasamatsu, Bo Park, Nicholas Palmquist, Miki Tuesday, Justin Boccitto, Aika Takeshima, Sara Pizzi and Quilan Cue Arnold (among others), combining both her dance and audiovisual skills.

YURIE ONO

-CHOREOGRAPHER
-DANCER

Born and raised in Japan.
She started dancing at the age of four with ballet. Her style changed to street when she joined SIVA dance team in Obihiro University in Hokkaido. Over the years she learned so many different styles such as street jazz, hiphop, waacking, house and locking. She became the champion at GATSBY Dance Competition in Hokkaido. After graduating, she went to Niigata to join the dance team Unity and trained in hiphop and contemporary. In 2018, she moved to NYC and joined A Rhythm Company. Within the year she also became the co-director of the team and started teaching at Lollipop Dance Studio. She joined the Neighbors in 2019 and got 2nd place at Prelude East Coast 2019. In 2020, She choreographed a piece and led A Rhythm Company to victory.

STORY 日本語

コロナ自粛期間の真っただ中。
誰にも会えず、突然みんなバラバラに離されてしまったような。

歩くのも、コーヒーを飲むのも、映画を見るのも、日用品を買いに行くのも、何をするのも全て一人。
道端で「こんにちは。」なんて誰かに話しかけるのも、一切なくなった。
外にはほとんど誰もいなかったし、お互いに皆警戒しあっていたから…。

皆、孤独だった。

でも、、ZOOMを発見!!!

ZOOMのおかげで私たちはお互いに繋がることが出来て、元気ももらった。みんなの笑顔を見るだけで、自分も笑顔になった。

「久しぶり~!元気にしてた!?」なんて言いながら、毎週のようにお喋りしたよね。

数か月後、コロナの影響は少しだけ収まってきて、外で人に会うのは許可が降りるようになった。


「え!じゃあ、公園で会おうよ!?
で、久しぶりに一緒に踊ったりなんかしちゃったりして!?」

「イエーーーーース!!そうしよう!!」

そして、振り付けの練習開始。

ついに対面で友達に会う予定があるという事実は、私たちをとてもワクワクさせてくれた。
普段の私たちの気分もガラッと変えてくれて、毎日がとても明るくなった。

そしてパンデミック始まって以来初めて実際に皆に会えた時…
この上なくハッピーだった。友達に会えるのがこんなに嬉しいことだなんて。

ハッピーでいよう。
周りの人々も、私たちのエネルギーやダンスをみて何かファンキーでハッピーなポジティブなエネルギーを持ってもらえることを願って。

-END-

MESSAGE IN THIS WORK 日本語

自分の周りの人たちの大切さって、忘れがちだったり、ないがしろにしがち。
でも、コロナパンデミックはその大切さを私たちに再認識させてくれました。

今現在(2021年7月 アメリカ)、少しずつ以前の日常が戻ってきてはいますが、私も含めて多くの人に、周りの人たちの大切さをいつまでも忘れず、そしてもっと大切にしていって欲しいと思っています。

そして最後に、この作品を見て皆さんが笑顔になってくれたり、なにかポジティブなエナジーを受け取ってもらえたらと願っています。

笑うということは精神的にも身体的にも絶大な効果があると証明されていますので、皆さんに笑ってもらうことが出来ましたらば、これより嬉しいことはありません!!