Kaori Ito, a Natural Born Dancer

02.02.2019

 

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Originally from Tokyo, Kaori Ito began dancing very early on, aged just five years old. Just thirteen years later, she was named the best young dancer and choreographer by critic Ryouiti Enomoto, becoming one of the most sought after dancers by choreographers from Decouflé to Preljocaj.

Having studied sociology and education at Rikkyo University in Tokyo, Ito now also creates videos, paintings and is a regular on the theatre scene, collaborating with figures such as Édouard Baer and Denis Podalydès. In 2015 she was awarded Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Her most recent creation, Robot, l’Amour Éternel, is the last episode from an autobiographical trilogy, begun in 2015. On stage, a simple white square, she dances according to instructions read aloud by Siri, the Apple AI app, as if she were a robot, yet it remains a performance that is incredibly human.

 

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