My Space Dance / 私のスペースダンス


Molecular Biology has developed greatly and has made a great contribution to our world since the DNA genetic model was revealed to be a double helical structure in 1953. If we can express amicable but mysterious relationships between the body and the environment as “Visible Information” like DNA, we can realize same kind of revolution, then the outcome goes beyond the art world, affecting the whole society. And, I believe that we can make a revolution similar to Molecular Biology. I would like to shoulder one part of it through my Space Dance.

1953年にDNAの遺伝子モデルが二重螺旋構造である事が明らかにされて以来、分子生物学は大きな発展を遂げ、私たちの世界に偉大な貢献をもたらすようになった。私は、もし身体と環境の間で交わされている親密な、そして謎に満ちた関係をDNA のような「見える情報」として表現できるなら、その成果はアートの世界を超え、社会全体に影響を与えるものとなり、分子生物学と同様な革命を起こすことができると信じている。私はスペースダンスを通してその一端を担いたい。


In 2001 when I performed at the United Nations in New York and in Istanbul supported by Japanese Government I could start the original form of Space Dance based on Butoh through my epochal experiences by the meeting with Shusaku Arakawa and the Theory of Affordance by James Gibson.


The essence of Space Dance is “How to recover the lost memories?”, “How to express the Tacit Knowledge?”, and various “Fruits called Design” through “Digitization of Tacit Knowledge”.



In Space Dance, the body is not a tool for expressing a “Story“, the body is a “Story”.


In any time the “Excellent Dancer” in the world keeps a special ability to “Dance with a technique to organize the body as the object“. In Space Dance we study this technique. Then we try to recover the lost memories through our dance movements and we accumulate its result as “Tacit Knowledge” about the body.


In this time when we dance together with the earth we can recognize some strange new feeling happen around the temporal lobe and vertex lobe of “Brain“. Why? Because it is a first experience for the brain to move the body by such a strange new way.


In order to do a first task our brain also had to acquire a new ability. Its experience will be an experience just like a dancer looks for the universe as dancer’s “Second Body” through the earth, as if a blind person looks for the ground as his “Second Body” through his beloved stick.


Our brain keeps all memories about all life on our earth. Because our brain into the Mother’s womb during 10 months grow up through the process of evolution of the brain from the beginning to today’s human brain. So, in our dance movements too, sometime we can find “Other strange movements than human movements”.


So, in Space Dance when we try to dance to organize our body as the object we can touch several “Forgotten Memories” sometimes with a wave motion of the internal organs, sometimes with a sound of the bone, and sometimes with an excitement of the nerve. In that time we can feel a new feeling in our brain, then under this influence we can dance with the inexperienced movements by chance. In short we can stimulate several “Forgotten Memories“.


“Forgotten Memories” wake up a strong nostalgia in our mind. And this nostalgia gives new energy to us. Then we understand “Unknown Movement’s World” exists behind our usual human’s movements.


This energy is infinite, it continue our dance without end. When we dig up “Forgotten Memories” we can organize the “Unexpected Movements” based on each memories. We shake with its freshness and we are amazed to ourselves. Then, we start to talk a “New story beyond the human’s drama.”


Usually, very soon, we feel tired in our movements without this energy. But when we house this energy we get the lasting energy from the circulation between the body and the ground, then it arise like the growth of a snowball on the slope with heavy snow. We never feel tired.


Like that, in Space Dance we dig up “Forgotten Memories” and we expand “Unknown Movement’s World”, then we try to express its process as “History of Posture’s Evolution” including Fish, Amphibian, Quadruped Animal, Bird, and Monkey.


Why the expression of “History of Posture’s Evolution” is important for Space Dance? Because the purpose of Space Dance is the looking back on the past of all life, then it is the creation for “Body of Future” as a return from its retrospection.

なぜ「姿勢の進化史」として表現することが重要なのか? それはスペースダンスが、ヒトの起源について回想すると共に、その回想からのリターンとして、ヒトの「身体の未来」をデザインすることを目的としているからである。

In Space Dance we make a visualization of “History of Posture’s Evolution” as the image. And we express “Tacit Knowledge about Unknown Movement’s World” as the information using by information technology. Finally, we try to make several designs through the Tacit Knowledge for the new body, the new object, and the new space.


Then, Space Dance is very different from usual dance, Space Dance will be a work of “Design after Dance“.