Michikazu Matsune

25 > 29.06.18

Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris

Born in Kobe (Japan), Michikazu Matsune lives and works in Vienna (Austria). At the crossroads between choreography and performance, his work examines the relationships between identity and globalisation, subject and object, actions and language, or the public and the private, in particular with such artists as Maxim Ilyukhin or David Subal. He has developed an associated body of work in visual art through which he manages shifts between the stage and exhibition forms. He has taught performance at the Inter-University Centre for Dance in Berlin and the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance among others.

(Almost) Nothing is Something like Everything

Michikazu Matsune is interested in performance as promise. In this workshop the Vienna-based Japanese performance artist and choreographer shares the working process of his upcoming work Nothing is Something like Everything. The project explores the tension between performative acts and suggested ideas, between expectation and realization. The base for the workshop is inspired by the theory of philosopher J. L. Austin and his work How to Do Things with Words in which he analyses the relationship between “promising” and “doing”. The workshop examines the practice of self-portrait. Through a combination of narratives, movements and gestures, we look at ourselves and present ourselves in the tension between the concrete and the abstract. The participants will develop performative materials individually and as a group.