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Suriashi - a Meditation on the Local through Artistic Research

Chapter in book
Authors Ami Skånberg Dahlstedt
Published in L. Greenfield, M. Trustam (Eds.): Artistic Research Being There. Explorations into the local
ISBN 978 87 87564 92 2
Publisher Aarhus University Press
Place of publication Aarhus
Publication year 2018
Published at Academy of Music and Drama
Language en
Keywords Artistic Research, Japanese dance, suriashi, dance practice, philosophy, art, walking, slow walking, flaneuse
Subject categories Philosophy, Ethics and Religion, Arts, Performing Arts, Performing Art Studies


In this text I will look at the particular medium of dance, the dancer and the choreographer. I will investigate how a walk, formed initially in a local Japanese context, might become an artistic medium for myself, a female Swedish dancer, and for other people. The walk is called suriashi. It is the core method for the performance of traditional Japanese dance, known as Nihon Buyō. Suriashi prepares the dancer/actor for the particular body posture that is needed for the dramatic dances of Nihon Buyō, an art form that combines abstract movements with narrative, often historic, compositions. What characteristics of the walk have struck me? How can I make these features visible outside of their local Japanese context? Referring to the local I do not only mean Japan, I also refer to the dance field as ‘local’, and how this field might change when it meets with new discursive spaces.

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