The dark and vivid photographs we shot of kōgei at the beach in early February was a luminous experience. The shifting skies and the light on that morning as the sea washed across each piece led me in the direction of movement. We captured unique moments of expression and energy that I recognize in kōgei. These images made clear what was to follow.
When I reached out to creative talents and explained my idea, the creation of my film became reality. The Japanese dance movement, būto, with its resistance to definition and fixity, inspired the fluidity and expression of the video shoot. But perhaps this film is best described by the director as 'a dancer's response to an emotion or internal experience expressed through movement'
I hope you enjoy the film as much as I do - it is a homage to the art of craftsmanship and creativity in the kōgei pieces and that natural expression through form and movement.
This film was made possible by the immense collaborative talent, support and contributions of :
Sandra van Riet
Alexandre Mota Kanji