Rui Ishihara


Rui Ishihara is a dancer and a choreographer, deeply inspired by Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno, who bore a style of dance, or rather approach to dance, called "ankoku-butoh" in 1960s and generated following "butoh" movements. Rui, in his student age, spent a few years in a theatre group as a scenographer and a stage manager, while he learnt sculpture by himself. After this, he started dancing. Through meetings with dancers such as, Kazuo Ohno, Min Tanaka, Simone Forti, he found the direction of his artistic path.

In 2006, he began his life project “Kanademai”, a dance pilgrimage. He gives offering dances in different natural and artificial locations. It appeared, so far, in Italy, Ireland, France, Germany, Serbia, Poland, as well as in Japan. Since then, he has started collaboration with various artists and musicians in Europe. In 2009, he moved in Warsaw, where he founded Izayoi Dance Troupe in 2015. The troupe plans to present its first full-length performance in 2022. He also sings in a choir.

“Dance tells us what Life is - we are Life itself. Dance is always here, there, and everywhere. I wish I would be a dance - in a moment countless resonances in space-time echo and flash all together, emerging as a dance here and now, as a dance of beings meeting each other in harmony.”

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