The project It Takes Two Too has successfully recieved an Arts Council offer to create a dance piece which uses Latin and Contemporary Dance to explore and challenge traditional gender roles. The project aim is also to develop a gender neutral pair dance. I have four highly skilled, professional dancers ready to work with me (see below). I’ve got rehearsal space in kind from K5studio (Res!dency programme)and The Place, lots of support from the industry and even a coveted showcase opportunity on the closing night of Resolution Festival at the Place in London (February 19)!
We are ready to go, but here is the hitch: if I don’t generate £1500 in additional income, I cannot access to the funding (£5000) from the Arts Council.
So this is where I really need your support!! – support this crowdfunding campaign by helping me to raise £1.5k so that I can pay my artists, get some costumes and even run NEW gender neutral pair dance workshops on this exciting project that we are doing (going to be doing!). And remember, for every £1.50 you put in, the Arts Council puts in £5 (that’s tripling your contribution).
“Once in a blue moon, along comes a performance that makes you sit up and pay unwavering attention. Yukiko Masui’s Unbox is one such.” (SANJOY ROY, The Guardian, about my previous piece, UNBOX.)
My team of collaborators are:
Franco Conquest, Gareth Mole, & KJ L. Mortimer as dancers
Arne Pohlmeier(TwoGents Production) as dramaturg and Anthea Lewis as project management support
It Takes Two Too - is a dance performance for 4 to 6 dancers, which explores the possibilities of gender roles by using and deconstructing Latin dance forms. Latin dance has strong gender rules - the man leads and the woman follows. In our current society, however, we all know that a woman can lead and a man can follow – but in dance…? When female dancers want to lead, they come across as bossy. When male dancers want to follow then people think they are less of a man. Somehow we end up in negative connotations. How can we be open to different ways of being without getting trapped in outdated ideas of what men and women should be?
- Challenge the traditional gender norm
- Question the current gender role
- Imagine the future of gender
-Gender Neutral Pair Dance-
This project is not only about making a dance piece and perform. It is also to develop a gender neutral pair dance, so that people can enjoy pair dance without being categorised by their gender into a specific role. You can choose if you want to be a learder or a follower it's totally up to you.
We will be running a series of taster workshops from March to April in order to develop this new form.
-The money we raise goes to-
Extra studio hire
Workshop deliverly cost
A little bit more about Yukiko
I am a London based, Tokyo-born dancer/choreographer who works across disciplines in hiphop, latin and contemporary dance. In 2008, She moved to London to train and pursue career in contemporary dance. She studied at Trinity Laban conservatoire where she was a member of Transitions Dance Company as a part of MA degree and received The Sylvia Bolmer Memorial Fund Award Prize for her choreological research into Hip-hop.
Since graduation, she has worked with companies such as Ace Dance and Music, Cathy Waller, Company Decalage, Christopher Marney, James Cousins, Jose Agudo, RDC, Rosie Kay Dance, Tamsin Fitzgerald, Tony Adigun (Avant Garde) and Vuyani Dance Theatre in South Africa. She can be also seen in music videos (Cold play, Dj Fresh, Sam Harper etc), TV adverts and programmes( So You Think You Can Dance, Got to Dance).
She has also worked as a rehearsal director for dance companies, and also as a movement director for theatre productions such as Two Gents Productions on Magetzi, Much Ado About Nothing and Taming of the Shrew.
Thank you for taking the time to check out my project. I really need your support to MAKE IT HAPPEN. Be part of the crowd - It takes YOU, too!