Kono atari no dokoka

  • Show
  • Theatre
  • Dance
The 2023 archive

Michikazu Matsune and Martine Pisani

Japan/Austria - France / Creation at the Festival d'Avignon 2023

A lot of humour and poetry to dance what we all forgot. A show presented here but dreamed of over there...

Kono atari no dokoka,Michikazu Matsune et Martine Pisani, 2023 © Christophe Raynaud de Lage


Out of the artistic relationships between Japanese-Austrian performer Michikazu Matsune and French choreographer Martine Pisani, accompanied by Theo Kooijman, Dutch painter and performer, arose a question: What remains of dance, once the show’s over? In Kono atari no dokoka (Somewhere around here), they use archives, personal memories, shared anecdotes, notebooks, and drawings to reinterpret Martine Pisani’s early creations. Somewhere in Japan, in a place dreamed up for the performance... Over here in Europe... Between beautifully simple poetry, humour and, above all, tenderness, they reconstruct what’s left of the past to form a composite present.  

Kono atari no dokoka is a place at once far away and oh so close, with blurry yet familiar contours, a journey through time and space. From a Kobe beach to the port of Marseilles, from Paris to Vienna or somewhere else yet, a collective memory starts to appear between the lines of personal stories. 

Interview with Mchikazu Matsune, Martine Pisani and Theo Kooijman


With Theo Kooijman, Michikazu Matsune, Martine Pisani
Conception Michikazu Matsune in dialogue with Martine Pisani
Based on the early works of Martine Pisani
Lighting Ludovic Rivière
Video Michikazu Matsune, Maximillian Pramatarov
Artistic feedback Miwa Negoro, Ludovic Rivière, Anne Lenglet
Video operation Anne Lenglet
Translation for surtitles Marion Schwartz
Production Franziska Zaida Schrammel, Frauke Niemann


Production Studio Matsune, La compagnie du solitaire
Coproduction Festival d'Avignon, Tanzquartier Vienne, Maison de la Culture d'Amiens, fabrik Potsdam, Spring Performing Arts Festival (Netherlands)
With the funding of the Ministère de la Culture Drac Île-de-France, Department of Cultural Affairs of Vienna (Austria), Ministry of Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sports of Austria, Austrian Cultural Foru, Fond Transfabrik (France, Germany) and Onda - Office national de diffusion artistique
With the support of La Briqueterie Centre de développement chorégraphique national, Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, Centre national de la danse (Pantin)
Studio Matsune is subsidized by the Department of Cultural Affairs of Vienna (Austria) and Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sports.
The Compagnie du Solitaire is subsidised by the Ministère de la Culture Drac Île-de-France under the Aide au projet scheme.

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La matinale - 9 July

  • Café des idées
Patrick Corillon, Michikazu Matsune et Martine Pisani, Bintou Dembélé

The 2023 archive