Kyoto Imaginary Waltz

Nanako Matsumoto, Kengo Nishimoto / team chiipro

YPAM Fringe Japan Dance / Physical theatre Performance


Yokohama ST Bldg. B1F, 1-11-15 Kita-saiwai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 220-0004

Date (UTC+9)

12.1 Thu 19:30 - 20:30
12.2 Fri 19:30 - 20:30
12.3 Sat 15:00 - 16:00
12.3 Sat 18:30 - 19:30
With post performance talk. Guest: Sayaka Osaki (poet)
12.4 Sun 15:00 - 16:00
12.4 Sun 18:30 - 19:30
With post performance talk. Guest: Yuta Hagiwara (theater director)
12.5 Mon 15:00 - 16:00

Surtitles in English


Professional     ¥3,000

Audience         ¥3,000

Under 18         ¥2,000

Team Chiipro, a performance duo comprising Nanako Matsumoto and Kengo Nishimoto, will perform a dance piece they created and presented at Kyoto Experiment 2021 Autumn again in Yokohama. The performance is a Kyoto-specific iteration of a project titled "Imaginary Waltz" that Matsumoto initiated after the declaration of the state of emergency in 2020, in which she dances with imaginary objects, people, and landscapes. The waltz, which has been danced in Japan since the Meiji Era, was repeatedly the subject of moral scrutiny, as it involves men and women dancing with their bodies close together. Taking this as a starting point, the performance takes a critical look at the city of Kyoto, the gaze on the female body, and the "gravity" that generates dance through the interplay between the reading of the text aloud and the body dancing the waltz. The text for the performance draws from Matsumoto’s personal history, as well as the research and interviews she conducted in Kyoto.

Choreography, Direction: Nanako Matsumoto, Kengo Nishimoto / team chiipro
Performer: Nanako Matsumoto
Video Design・Publicity Design: Daichi Abe
Stage Manager: Yuhi Kobayashi
Lighting: Kana Watanabe
Sound: Mina Hayashi
Production Coordinator: Ayumi Seki
Research Assistant: Eri Shibata
Fact-checking: Yoshikazu Nagai (Professor, Faculty of Sociology, Kansai University)
English surtitles: Kyoka Kawai
Produced by team chiipro
Co-produced by Kyoto Experiment

Presented by team chiipro
Affiliated with ST Spot

Supported by The Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan "ARTS for the future! 2"

team chiipro

team chiipro

team chiipro is a performance group currently made up of members Nanako Matsumoto and Kengo Nishimoto. The group's practice has centered around the theme of the body and gesture’s potential as critique. Major works include "20th Century Project" (2017-18) , "Kokyo Running Man" (2019-20) and "Kyoto Imaginary Waltz"(2021).