French physical theater maverick Aurélien Bory (Sans Objet, 2012 Next Wave) Japanese dancer and choreographer Kaori Ito as both muse and instrument in Plexus, coming to the BAM Harvey Theater Nov 9—13. A note from Bory follows.
|Kaori Ito. Photo: Aurélien Bory|
Conceiving Kaori Ito’s portrait through the means of the stage has been a whole process. The scenic device was not a concept we started with. Its design has resulted from a long research period, after several weeks of rehearsal.
On the first days, among other ideas and trials, I had a life-sized puppet made; it was a very realistic scale model of Kaori. “Here is your dance teacher,” I told her. Kaori spent many hours observing and mimicking its movements. From this creation model, I kept only the strings and unfurled them into the whole space. The marionette remained in Kaori’s body.