Ryo Kusumoto Photography

もうひとつの連獅子/An another Renjishi

(2015-2017 JPN)

人生のほとんどを日本舞踊に投じた舞踊家やまとふみこさん。波乱に満ちた人生を肯定的に振り返り、見出した「価値あるもの」をなんとか次の世代に渡そうとする彼女の物語は、劇中の苦楽を舞踊の美しさで包みこむ、日本舞踊の見せ方そのもののようだ。

1942年生まれ。日本五代流派のひとつに9歳で入門、十代で弟子持ち。国立大劇場でソロ公演を何度も行うなど輝かしい実績を残しつつも、突如、彼女は表舞台から姿を消した。彼女は、名前だけで評価や尊敬を得られる「流派」を出て、結婚・出産・育児という「女性」としての生き方を捨て、「これが芸術です」と劇場で舞うこともやめた。

私たちは「知らない」と「存在しない」をほぼ同質と無意識で捉えている節がある。「美しき日本の伝統」という言葉に陶酔しながらも、著名かどうかでしか芸の良し悪しが分からないように。裏返せば、著名でない僕やあなたが、一般の人間として埋没し、何も継承するに値するものを持っていないということになってしまう。

思いもよらぬ人生選択の裏側や、「どう継承するのか?」という疑問からスタートした本プロジェクトは、本人や弟子たちとの数え切れない対話を通して、いつしか、「私が生きたことは、他者にとって意味があるのか」という、私たち共通の問いと向き合うことになった。

Fumiko Yamato, a dancer who spend almost of her life for Japanese traditional dance.
This is a story about finding "valuable things" by positively looking back her life full of turbulence, and handing it to the next generation somehow. It is similar to the ways of Japanese dance which wraps sadness and joy with the beauty.

She was born in 1942. She entered the one of biggest five dance school at nine, and grow up enough to have student in her teens. Although there was brilliant achievement such as performing a solo performance many times at the National Theater, suddenly she disappeared from the center stage. She left a "school" that can get evaluation and respect only by name. She abandoned her way of living as a "woman" of marriage, childbirth, childcare. And finaly she stopped dancing in the theater with showing "This is an art."

Unconsciously we are apt to think almost same quality "do not know" and "does not exist".
While getting intoxicated by the words of “beautiful Japanese tradition”, we might have lost the way to evaluate them except whether it is famous or not. To viewed from the opposite side, like I and you who are not famous, will forgotten as an ordinary human being, will not have valuable things to inherit anything.

This project have been started to know a story behind the selection of her life and also the question about "what and how to inherit?” . Through countless dialogue with her and her disciples, I faced our common question. "Are there any meaning of my life for others?".

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