Japanese artist Reina Kimura (currently based in Tokyo) returns to Critical Path to collaborate with Sydney-based Japanese artist Anna Kuroda, on a two week exploration of their shared understanding of their practice in relation to their understanding of Japanese culture and the arts.
Each emerging artist works in relation to place in their choreography and therefore the project takes both artists from their home location (Tokyo and Sydney) to explore what their work means in relation to an ‘unknown’ Australian place (Launceston, Tasmania). The two artists will work together and in parrallel to explore these relations and present their ‘findings’ to audiences in 1. Launceston & 2. Sydney. Critical Path will partner with Tasdance for this residency.
Reina and Anna met at Critical Path in February 2017 working with Sioned Huws on Aomori Aomori project.
Sunday 15 October, 6pm- The Drill Hall
2 to 13 October – Reina and Anna in residence with Tasdance
13 – 14 October – The Drill Hall residency/exchange
Reina Kimura from Aomori, Japan, started to study ballet and modern dance at the age of four and is now a dancer and choreographer who is currently based in both Tokyo and Kobe. She is interested in the influences that the environment and language (dialect) has upon the body, and has carried out her research and work in a variety of different places. Reina participated for an extended period in Sioned Huws ‘Aomori project’ starting in 2008, during which time she performed in Japan, Europe, Singapore, and Australia (Critical Path) as dancer and co-choreographer. Since 2015 she has participated in ‘Odori-Dawns-Dance’.
Anna Kuroda is a choreographer and dancer based in Western Sydney. Her movement practice focuses on sensitivity to internal and external air flow around the body, sharpness, fragility and unique rhythm. Kuroda completed a Bachelor of Movement Science at the Japan Women’s College of Physical Education. She continued her body work training at Ultima Vez (Brussels), Constanza Macras (Berlin), Chunky Move (Melbourne) and the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, Austria. She has worked with artists including Nibroll, Ong Keng Sen, KENTARO!!, Maki Tabata, Ko Murobushi, Choy Ka Fai, Phillip Adams, Brook Andrew, Sioned Huws, Reina Kimura and Charemaine Seet. In 2010 Kuroda began collaborating with David Kirkpatrick (sound and multimedia artist) as Murasaki Penguin.