Noism Company Niigataの作品を見る時、今日的な状況に照応させて観てしまいがちなのは何故だろう。 公共空間でしか目にしないような長い椅子は白く、一人掛けの椅子の連結により作られていた。所在なさそうに、しかしそこに座らねばならないかのように一人、また一人と登場する。のっぺりと塗られた白い顔。纏われた白いシャツの身幅は広く、身体のラインを拾わない。膝上まで素足の身体が正面を向いて一列に座ると、没個性化した衣装ゆえに体格差という個性に目が向く。余剰の布は身体に遅延して皺を形成し、時に照明を半透過させた。
数日前に梅雨入りが報じられましたが、この日も新潟市に雨はありません。2020年6月13日（土）の新潟りゅーとぴあ・劇場、年頭からのコロナ禍に延期に次ぐ延期を余儀なくされ続けたNoismの舞台にまみえる機会を、全国の、否、世界中のファンに先駆けて手にし得た果報者は、Noism Company Niigataの「ホーム」新潟に住む活動支援会員、およそ50名。更には、開場前からメディア各社も集結しており、「劇場再開」への関心の高さが窺えました。
舞台上、熱演した舞踊家たちに、”You guys can take a rest.（さがって休んで）”と指示を出した後、「本当は昨日が初日だったんですけど、…」と語り始めた金森さん、そこで声を詰まらせ、続く言葉が出て来ません。そのまま後ろ向きになると、私たちの目には、必死に涙を堪えようと震える背中が、そして私たちの耳には、その手に握られたマイクが拾った嗚咽が。瞬間、客席にもこみ上げる熱い思いと涙が伝播します。やがて、「…ご免なさい。こんな筈じゃなかったんだけど。言うことも考えていたし…。」と言った後、続けてキッパリと言い切ったのは「これが今の我々に出来るベストです。我々にとっての本番です」の言葉。「出来る限りを続けていきます」とも。
Currently we are in the rehearsals and
creation of the rite of spring. This is a very interesting and complicated
piece of music.
Actually I previously danced a version of Rite of Spring by Mark Baldwin. This happen to be with Yuka-san(ex noism dancer), many years ago.
It is very interesting to then come back to
the music and feel the different interpretations.
It is fun to be working intensely with the
music. At the moment I am but a small
part in the big picture. I am curious as to how that picture will be. I am also
curious about what the audience will get from the piece. I really have no idea
at the moment from my perspective. Being so inside a piece can create this
Also we will do Frates III, which I have
some sense of as we have begun learning some material but it will also be new.
Whilst others were in Frates I before, I was not. I hope for the best.
Ultimately this is a strange time in the
world. Being from the UK, seeing people, friends, family and colleagues in
lockdown whilst I am on the other side of the world still working has been
melancholic. It has made me question a lot about the arts but seeing so much
being shared online so generously has warmed my heart.
Now during this time, it is more important than ever to support the arts. A county’s culture, both past and future is heavily shaped by art and performance that its people create. So if the work of Noism is to continue it needs the support of its county and its fellow countrymen. As dancers, performers and artists our goal is to bring our creations to the community and to share our passion with the public. The arts are like a family that welcomes everyone and I hope Noism will some day be the company that can bring dance and the community together. When the COVID-19 pandemic passes it will be the arts that will reunite everyone, so to everyone please support the arts, and don’t let it die now. Kindest Regards
I believe that everyone in world now is
very exhausted recently. Because of coronavirus, everything was cancelled or
suspended suddenly. Just being worried about our life or future. Hope
everything will get better as soon as possible. I’m looking forward to everyone
can come to watch our show.
From the start of the year of 2020, we at Noism have been focused on the creation of our new performance, ‘the rite of spring’. There have been many versions and variations of this piece created and danced by many companies all over the world, and I have enjoyed my experience thus far of this iconic score of music. Last season I performed in “La bayadere” and “Carmen”, both of which are full Length narrative works that were created previously involving the whole of the Noism family, dancers from Noism1 and Noism2. It has been an enjoyable experience being part of a new creation process together with Noism1 and the newly formed Noism0. While not necessarily a straightforward narrative work like the previously mentioned works, ‘the rite of spring’ strikes an intriguing balance between an abstract narrative and an interpretation of the music by Stravinsky. We as a company are privileged to have this long period of time to create this work, and in this period of uncertainty the whole world is experiencing right now due to the coronavirus, we are very privileged to be able to continue dancing, crafting and creating as we are now.