Choreography and performance: Ruri Mito
Music: Yuta Kumachi
Costume: Tomoko Inamura
Lights: Akiyo Kushida
Assistants: Lena Hashimoto
Duration: 20 min.
It has direct meanings like “to wear”, “put on”, “tangle”, “roll up”, and it is often used figuratively. I put on my body. I cannot see all of my body for a lifetime.
Tissues make up my body are kept being renewed, and they will vanish someday. The body without contents will not remain, and where the contents without the body go? Will they keep remaining?
“Matou’” also sounds like “willing to wait” in Japanese. “Tsuki-matou” means “to haunt”. It always haunts me and never goes. My body haunts me until the day I die. “Sou-matou” is a revolving lantern which has a horse drawn on the cover and when it spins, the shadow of horse looks as if it is running. It is often used in the expression to describe a moment when people have a touch with death – then many visions appear in one’s mind and past memories come and go randomly and quickly.
“Matou” means “to complete.” I completed my life.
She was born in Tokyo in 1982. She started studying dance as 5 years old at The Modern Ballet Institute, Tokyo. Later she studied dance at the Japan Women’s College of Physical Education, Department of Movement Science Dance Studies Major MA (2000-2004). She has participated in “Vessel,” a piece by Kohei Nawa and Damien Jalet, and invited as a guest dancer of Royal Swedish Opera for Körper by Sasha Waltz in 2016. She is now actively performing in many countries（in Korea, England, Spain, Hungary, Germany, Sweden & etc.
In 2016, Ruri Mito presented this piece in Cadiz en Danza (Cadiz, Spain) and L1danceFest (Budapest, Hungary), and won International Jury’s Prize at Seoul International Choreography Festival.
2017 – 1st Prize, Solo dance contest at Gdańsk Dance Festival
2016 – International Jury Prize, Seoul International Choreography Festival
2014 – Jury prize, 19MASDANZA Competition
2014 – MASDANZA Prize, Yokohama Dance Collection EX
2013 – 1st Prize, Jerusalem International Choreography Competition
2010 – Jury Prize, Yokohama Dance Collection R
2003 – 2nd Participant Prize, Nakano Dance Competition Tokyo
2002 – Contemporary Prize, Nakano Dance Competition Tokyo
2000 – Asahi Newspaper Prize, Saitama Dance Association Competition
1999 – 3rd Prize, Saitama Dance Association Competition
1998 – 3rd Contemporary Prize, NBA Ballet Company Competition
1995 – Saitama Newspaper Prize, Saitama Dance Association Competition
1992 – 3rd Prize, Saitama Dance Association Competition