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Special Performance: Floating Flowers

Benson TSAI
2021.10.30 (Sat) 15:30 GMT+9
KITTE 1F Atrium
2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
The concept of this choreography takes inspiration from the image of the release of water lanterns in folk beliefs. The dance expresses the feelings of emerging choreographer Benson Tsai's experience of life's ups and downs, his encounters with the turning of life's pages, and the deep emotions of joy and sorrow. There are always moments when you can't seem to achieve something even when you go out of your way. The only way to dispel the fear of the unknown future is to put your heart in faith and let your wishes flow with the water.
Choreography allows me to reflect on the beauty and sorrow of life. Floating Flowers is a reflection on the meaning of life, but it also carries with it the complex predicament of dilemma. Like a poet, I hope to be able to use the most poised, pliable, traceless approach and sardonic humor to interpret the contradictions of life
Tsai once said. There may be times in life when we are worried and afraid, or when we struggle or resist. But Tsai uses a filter of sardonic humor in this dance to echo the authentic reactions of people in real-life difficulties.
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Benson TSAI
Benson TSAI
Choreographer and professional Dance Instructor. Currently the artistic director of B.DANCE. Originally from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Tsai enrolled in Taipei National University of the Arts after graduating from Tsoying Senior High School. During his time there, he earned a scholarship for an exchange at Purchase College in New York. His works incorporate his own life experiences, adding humor to his nuanced sensibilities. With a blend of theater, dance, and extreme body movements, the vocabulary of his choreography is unique, eccentric, and mercurial. In 2010, Tsai was selected as one of the representatives for Taiwan to the International Young Choreographer Project. From 2010 to 2017, he was invited to be a visiting choreographer by organizations such as Luzern Tanz Theatre of Switzerland, Stuttgart Gautiher Dance Company of Germany, Cloud Gate 2, Kaohsiung City Ballet, Chang Dance Theatre, Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival, Tso's Dance Association, Juedai Contemporary Jazz Dance Theater, Honwa folk dance troupe, among others. Since founding B.DANCE, he has toured in Germany, Czech Republic, Spain, the UK, Israel, Denmark, France, China, Hong Kong, and Italy, and has been recognized in various international competitions and by renowned dance companies.
Choreographer | Benson TSAI
Dancer | Moe KOBAYASHI, Naoyuki SAKAI, Kazuhito TSURIGA, Ain TOMINAGA, Naomi NAITO, Akiyoshi NITA, Mano HATANAKA, Kairi HAYASHIDA
Production | Suzuko TANOIRI, Yurika TOYOTA