Título em Suspensão
€ 16 / € 13 (-25/65+)
Although Eduardo Fukushima is still virtually undiscovered in Europe, he’s considered as an upcoming choreographer in his homeland Brazil. Possessing an abundance of cultural sensitivity inspired by his Italian and Japanese roots and his tai chi and street dance influences, Fukushima searches for the expressive and transformative power of movement. In Título em Suspensão he reduces his physical presence to that of a tranquil object: a leaf, a stone, lost on an empty white dance floor. Powerful sounds gently move the fragile body, lifting it in the direction of an overwhelming apocalypse. With Título em Suspensão, Fukushima lays down a particularly concentrated performance that simultaneously purifies and endures. A gem.
Art & Populism – Brazilian arts under attack on 18/05 – 18:30
Creation & dance
Music & sound
Hideki Matsuka, Igor Sane
Eduardo Fukushima, Alex Casimiro
Mateo López, André Menezes, Beatriz Sano, Eduardo Bonito
Kunstenfestivaldesarts, Les Brigittines
Sesc (São Paulo)
With the support of
Galeria Luisa Strina (São Paulo), Hellerau (Dresden), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main, TanzHaus NRW (Düsseldorf), Festival DNA (Navarra), juntamente com Rolex Mentor & Protégé Arts Initiative (Geneva)
How to give space for the others who inhabit us? For fantasies, desires, dreams; for what is hidden in us?
Título em Suspensão, the most recent solo piece of the choreographer and dancer Eduardo Fukushima, was motivated by the construction of a figure that distorts his own image. The incorporation of materials that produces a new repertoire of movement, sound and senses, brings to light a strange body which deconstructs the idea of an ordinary human being. The relationship with the natural light and the duration of the cyclical phenomenon day-night. With the passage and immersion in different situations, places, residences. The opposition to the speed of São Paulo city, the stones of Dresden, the cold of Frankfurt, the grey sky of Düsseldorf, the witches and the prehistoric cromlech of Lesaka. The visible and the invisible are part of this suspension.
Rubén Ramos Nogueira about Título em Suspensão
Título em Suspensão [Title in suspension] originated from an invitation by the Columbian artist Mateo López to accompany an interactive sculpture exhibited at the Luisa Strina Gallery in São Paulo in 2016. Fukushima began his work there based on the similarity between the colour of the ground and that of the sky in São Paulo, assisted by the voice of Júlia Rocha, who accompanies him in this residence as assistant choreographer. The piece continued to develop in Germany later on, with work by the French musician Rodolphe Alexis, who now also accompanies Fukushima in this residency. In Germany, the team created sound recordings of Júlia Rocha’s voice together with sounds from the natural landscape around the residency space. Rodolphe Alexis now uses these sound resources as the raw material of his musical composition, an audio landscape accompanying the new direction this work is taking, coherent with and embedded into Fukushima’s movement, but always serving the choreography, and following on a step behind. Paradoxically, as Fukushima pointed out during our conversation, he had to travel to Europe from his native Brazil, a country of exuberant landscapes, in order to encounter the natural world. It was a two-stage trip: first to Germany, and then to this wild Navarra enclave. Admittedly, although a Brazilian, Fukushima like so many of his compatriots of Japanese origin was born in São Paulo, a megacity where it is no easy matter to encounter nature. It is much simpler to find it with a helicopter.
Unlike his previous work, this time the choreography on stage is not autobiographical, but is somewhat set apart, moving away from itself to take a sedate and contemplative journey (until it explodes into noisy, quivering frenzy), perhaps with a rather outward-looking gaze. A journey which sometimes evokes the lingering scent of some of the Eastern techniques in which Fukushima was trained.
Just as Fukushima had to come to Europe in order to encounter the natural world, yesterday I needed to encounter the work of a Brazilian in order to be reminded of a type of creativity which perhaps through some remote links and shared references, continues to develop in other parts of the world.
This work (which as Fukushima himself told us, will not be entirely complete until it has been staged a score of times) is one of those which, as we enter into and connect with it, intensifies sight, smell and all our other senses, and thus, as we once more leave what we call reality, what is awaiting us outside, perhaps we experience the illusion that everything is new and different to whatever we left behind. And perhaps, if we are now changed, this is no illusion.
Rubén Ramos NogueiraBack to top
Eduardo Fukushima is a choreographer, dancer and teacher based in São Paulo. He is graduated in dance in the course Communication and Body Arts at PUC São Paulo. He has been developing his own work since 2004 and has been presenting the solos Between Restrains (2008), How to Overcome Great Tiredness? (2010) and Crooked Man (2013/2014) across South America and Europe, including important festivals as Tanz im August in Berlin, Dance Umbrella in London, DañsFabrik in Brest and Festival Panorama in Rio de Janeiro. Eduardo Fukushima has been collaborating with different directors from different art fields, in theatre with Yudai Kamisato from Japan, in dance with Elisa Ohtake and KeyZetta&cia from Brazil, in cinema with the director Pedro Nishiyama from Brazil. From 2016 to 2018 he is developing the new creations Título em Suspensão and Oxóssi. He has participated in many international meetings and art exchange as Camping Festival in Paris, 2017, he was part of DanceWeb at Impulstanz in Vienna, 2016, Residence & Reflection at Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, 2015, and he is part at the international art community Rolex Mentor & Protégé Arts Initiative where was selected as a protégé in 2012 working with the mentor Lin Hwai-min, artistic director of The Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan.Back to top