Choreography and performance: Ryu Suzuki
Music: Zoë Keating, Michael Nyman, Amiina
Costumes: Kumiko Takeda
Duration: 16 min.
BU is based on the idea of a Japanese word BU which mainly means dance, martial arts, and nothingness. I created this solo work to find my own path to my future by searching identity as an artist and a human being through exploring many meanings of BU. / Ryu Suzuki
It is all right to cut the following words if you think it is too long.
Where does the road begin, and end?
This road which seems to continue for infinity, must have an end.
Even though I can only see the wilderness when I look back, there must be a certain point that I started walking.
If the beginning of the road was the moment you hold sword and the death is the end, when did I get this sword?
I look forward again, I can only see the utter darkness before my eyes.
The moment I thought I saw a thin light, I realize it was coming from a completely different direction.
I wield a sword, but unable to slash the darkness in front of me.
A hair thin light remains distant.
I look down at my hand.
I never had a sword from the beginning.
Am I not even at the beginning of the road yet?
After graduating from Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in UK, Ryu has danced with many companies and choreographers including Rambert Dance Company, Phoenix Dance Theatre, Akram Khan, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Inbal Pinto / Avshalom Pollak, Tero Saarinen, Tristan Sharps, Ryohei Kondo, Motoko Hirayama, Kenta Kojiri and many others.
2017 – Three prizes (French Embassy Prize for young dancer, MASDANZA Prize, Sibiu International Theatre Festival Prize) at Yokohama Dance Collection 2017 for his solo piece BU.
2013 – The Third Session Best Prize from Session House for the best choreography of the year.