I personally shot the movie when I saw Miwa's performance. I almost had a drive to do that. But I am glad that Yulia and Olga who are artists of this exhibition liked the movie. Then I published it in public.
I heard about their concept as well.
The title "72 Steps" means the culture of 72 micro seasons (72候)that originally came from China, and we Japanese also lived with them before. These seasons are divided finely(detailed) and subtly (in good meaning). I was surprised at that episode.
Additionally I had thought "GO(5)" means, Go (exhibition part 5).
But "GO" is also the sound of "Five" in Japanese. So it means "May".
Because of that, "Koinobori" the Japanse culture that carps-shaped flags were raised for boys' health in May) was featured.
Their works are really rooted on the earth and culture that even I had forgotten and Miwa's body also symphonized with them.
I enjoyed to hear about the culture in Russia for the first time and the video behind the scenes.
I was so refreshed and fascinated.
Please check their Manifests and Instagram too.
Project 72 STEPS
72 STEPS is a collaborative project between two Russian-born Tokyo-based artists, photographer Yulia Skogoreva and designer Olga Gerasim. Sharing a combined 15 years experience of living in Japan the duo’s core artistic practice is rooted in appreciation of Japanese traditions and seasonality. Nature inspired rituals and customs still keep the strong spirit of Japanese identity alive. Even more so, traditions are key for small towns struggling to keep up with urbanisation and population decline. 72 STEPS pays homage to the concept of Japan’s 72 micro seasons with a series of exhibitions highlighting the country’s rural areas through the prism of visual art and dance. The origins of the 72 seasons concept can be found in the ancient 24 season calendar. The 24 divisions were split into three more, to create a more precise 72 season calendar reflecting the uniqueness of nature. Lasting just five days or so, each season shares a special name carefully depicting the tiny, delicate changes in nature that constantly occur around us.
Go (stands for number 5 in Japanese) is the first exhibition of the 72 STEPS project . It is inspired by the tradition of Tango-no-sekku (one of the five ceremonies Gosekku that were held at the Japanese imperial court) celebrated as Children’s Day in modern Japan and ornated with koi fish wind cones – Koinobori. To create this multidisciplinary work which includes photography, drawings, graphic design and performance, Yulia and Olga collaborated with an award-winning Japanese dancer and choreographer Miwa Okuno. Her practice attempts to disassemble the body in order to become free. In Go, Miwa sourced her inspiration in the traditional Japanese butoh dance practices allowing her to visibly float in the sky together with the Koinobori. The exhibition will highlight the collaboration between the three artists through an immersive experience where visitors will be invited to participate and activate installations. Rediscover the fineness and splendor of Japan’s seasons through immersive and participatory performances created by three talented artists.