Trinity Laban dance alumnus Masako Matsushita was successfully nominated by Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance for inclusion in the fifth annual NEU/NOW Festival, which this year will take place in Amsterdam from 22-26 June. Her work will be displayed alongside dance, drama, film, music, design and visual art works from 14 countries.
Masako's piece, UN/DRESS, was created as part of her Trinity Laban BA3 choreography component, and is based on transforming and transformation arising from the fusion of body and object. Using the act of dressing and undressing as its central mode of inquiry, the piece explores the nature of change and questions the role of clothing and the body in modern society.
Masako said: "I see movement as an effective alternative form of non-verbal communication that allows for active and passive transmission of physical and mental states of being. The use of space and the surrounding environment, the relationship between performer and viewer, and the body in transformation with objects are the primary elements of my research."
The NEU/NOW LIVE Festival is a vibrant thematic arts festival which promotes work in a wide range of artistic disciplines, providing a dynamic platform where artists, audiences, producers, cultural operators, and curators can meet, experience, and discuss.
Masako's nomination continues a strong tradition of Trinity Laban students' involvement in the Festival. Previous successful nominations include BA graduates Andrew Graham (Nantes, 2010) and Sarah Armstrong (Tallinn, 2011) and ex-MA Creative Practice student Clarissa Sacchelli (Porto, 2012). In each case the work performed was originally created as part of their programme of study.
Colin Bourne, Head of Undergraduate Studies at Trinity Laban's Faculty of Dance will also be visiting the festival and taking part in a round table discussion around the theme of "Preparing the Artist of Tomorrow" as part of the ELIA Teachers' Academy in Utrecht.