Setouchi Triennale 2016 Inujima Performing Arts Program, Nibroll New Creation

"The World has Shrunk, and Only a Certain Fact Remains"

10(wed), 11(thu/holiday), 12(fri), 13(sat) @Inujima Seirensho Art Museum ▶Access

Doors Open18:30/Start19:00(Performance duration, about 1 hour)

*Reception 15:00 at Inujima Port
*Continues in case of rain. Cancelled in case of storm.
*After perfomance, extra ships and buses are operated for Okayama station.

Having staged numerous performances inside and outside Japan,
Nibroll's next work unfolds on the island of Inujima, which is located in Japan's Inland Sea.

It once had a flourishing industry in smelting and quarrying, and was reportedly home to about 5,000 people at its height. Today, however, it has only a little over 40 residents. The performance is staged on the former site of a power station left on the island as if to symbolize the positive and negative sides of the times. It explores the past and future of Inujima, and the shape of the new world, through the medium of body.

It is the first outdoor performance by Nibroll since "see / saw," which the company staged at the Art Festival of the Earth Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale in 2012.


Performers : Emi Oyama, Fumiko Ishigaki, Maki Kurita, Joanna Faith Tan, LIU Jia-Rui (Century Contemporary Dance Company)

Choreograph/Direction : Mikuni Yanaihara

Video Projection/Lighting : Keisuke Takahashi

Music : SKANK

Costume Design : Mitsushi Yanaihara
Stage Manager : Kazushi Ota
Prodaction Manager : Takio Okamoto
Produced by : Nibroll, Fukutake Foundation
Supported by : Japan Arts Fund
Advertising Design : Okamoto Tsuyoshi +
Produce : precog, Artfarm Non-Political Origaization

Dancer Assistants : Maki Kurita, Ayaka Shimizu
Video Assistan : Moyou Kawazaki
In co-operation with Steep Slope Studio, Kinki University Faculty of Literature, Performing Arts studies, Century Contemporary Dance Company, Mont’Kiara International School、Green Studio, Kingdomcity Dance Team, Koganecho Area Management Center
Produced by Nibroll, Fukutake Foundation
Co-produced by Setouchi Triennale Executive Committee Office
Supported by Japan Arts Fund

- Text

Can this hand reach the world? How can this body that only moves now at this time convey to you the sliver of a span in which that person lived? The facts of an instant are not caught by the eye and cannot be properly portrayed by something like words. A landscape is lost by words and, as might be expected, by silence, too. The world changes in too short of a time, and thought can no longer keep abreast of its pace. We shall wait here for the emergence of facts beyond our imagination, from things, from lines, from time, and from body.



Advance : ¥4,000 (discount ¥200 by show TRIENNALE PASSPORT when collecting ticket)
Student : ¥3,000 (Elementary School students or above)
Door : ¥4,500
Door Student : ¥3,500 (Elementary School students or above)

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After perfomance, extra ships and buses are operated for Okayama station.
Tickets price include the fare.

Inujima ship 20:30 21:00
Hoden 20:40 21:10
Okayama 22:00 - 22:30

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- Nibroll Profile

Organized in 1997, Nibroll is dance company headed by choreographer Mikuni Yanaihara, who produces works for the stage together with video artist Keisuke Takahashi, musician SKANK, and dancers. They explore the possibilities of physical expression through not only staged dances but also performances at art museums, visual works, and other means. They have been selected for the Japan Dance Forum Award Grand Prix (2009) and the Mori Art Museum Contemporary Award (Travel Award). While based in Tokyo, they also perform in other countries in Europe, North America, and Asia.

2009. "Japan Dance Forum Award 2009 Grand Prix"
2004. "The Mori Art Museum Contemporary Award"
2002. "The National Advisory Panel Award" Bagnolet International Choreography Contest
2000. "The Millennium Culture and Art Festival Award"


- Artist Profile

Mikuni Yanaihara – Choreographer, Director, Playwright, and Dancer Leader and founder of Nibroll.

A dance major at university, she received various awards while still in school such as the NHK Award. Her unique choreography which uses daily movements as motifs to express the emptiness and threats of today has been well received both in Japan and overseas, and described as one of the few choreographers that grapples with the human body. With the Mikuni Yanaihara Project, she has taken on theatre plays as her new field of work, and is busy with performances throughout the world encompassing various genres, with Nibroll and also through collaborations with numerous artists.


Keisuke Takahashi – Video Artist

Takahashi is visual director for Nibroll Company, an interdisciplinary arts collective. Nibroll Company has created many video and performance pieces and has participated in arts festivals throughout Japan and the world. Takahashi, as a solo artist, has also created many visual installations and his work has been presented in China, Italy and throughout the world. He received the MAM Contemporary Award from Mori Art Museum in 2004 as well as the Committee Recommendation Award from Japan Media Arts Festival in 2006. He also creates many TV and print ads for companies such as Adidas and FIFA, and produces many music videos as well. ▶off-Nibroll

Keisuke Takahashi's Exhibition @Seaside INUJIMA Gallery▶︎more info


SKANK – Composer, Musician

SKANK joined Nibroll in 2005. Active also as a solo artist, and with his own unit “MEXI”, he has had music sessions with artists of various genres such as musicians, fine artists, and photographers mainly cities, and does not restraining himself to a particular format. He has also provided music and performed for various stage performances, including the YUBIWA hotel's “Kozui – massive water”, which he has participated as a zombie of himself since 2009. Recently he has been expanding his field of work through collaboration with artist from different genre such as the Project Circulation, project to work with challenged people (this was a participating program for the ABLE ART JAPAN), and “words factory”, a collaboration with fine-art artists and animators.

- Dancer Profile

Emi Oyama

Born in Hiroshima prefecture, Emi began rhythmic gymnastics at 8, contemporary dance and ballet from 18, and participated in works by Shinji Nakamura and Kawano Mako as a dancer. She has been participated in Mikuni Yanaihara’s dance performances since 2010. She was placed 3rd in the Senior Solo Dancer Division of the Yokohama Competition in 2005.


Fumiko Ishigaki

Dancer. She began classical ballet at 5, and belonged to Reiko Yamamoto Ballet Company. After graduating, she belonged to Vienna State Opera Ballet company and until 2011, participated in works by Noism2. And now she has been participated in Nibroll, Sankai-Juku, Project Kyupi-Kyupi and so on.


Maki Kurita

Maki started dance at high school and graduated from Osaka University of Health and Sport Sciences. She has started producing her own works since 2010, and had been selected to participate in BankART Artist in Residence2010 and CONNECT vol.4, competition for emerging artist by Osaka City Art Complex. Apart from her solo, she has been expanding her career by performing with more established company such as Nibroll.

Joanna Faith Tan

Joanna Faith Tan is a dance educator and practitioner from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Belhaven University - USA) and is a certified BASI Pilates instructor. She was a guest artist for Youth With A Mission Hong Kong and PGK Dance Project (San Diego, USA). She has danced for Ad Deum II Dance Company (Houston, USA), Remnant Dance Theatre (Perth, AU) and for Mikuni Yanaihara/Nibroll (Japan). Joanna is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Dance (Hollins University - USA) and teaches dance at an International School in Malaysia. She enjoys exploring cafés, film and photography.


LIU Jia-Rui

Graduated from National Taiwan University of Arts- Dance Department. Liu has been the dancer of Cloud Gate, HORSE dance theatre, and then joined in Century Contemporary Dance Company since 2008. He has participated in many classic works of CCDC, which includes "Les Noces/Le Sacre Du Printemps", "Wings of Desire", "Wild Butterflies" etc. In 2014, Liu presented his first choreography "Stop. Watch! Listen?" in Dance in Asia Project.

all photo by Keisuke Takahashi