Resist Everywhere Masako

2015
Performance
Concept: Curandi Katz
Movement research: Masako Matsushita
Production: Centrale Fies
Premiere: festival drodesera 2015
16ma Quadriennale Roma, Orestiade Italiana, curated by Simone Frangi

Resist Everywhere, Masako is a performance work that is activated in the co-presence of artist and interpreter.

The starting point is a list of methods for nonviolent action delineated by the political philosopher Gene Sharp, based on his research on pro-democracy protest movements from the 20th century to the present.

In the confrontation of the two fields of movement, leading to the act of interpretation by the dancer, a discipline and preparation was defined.

The interpreter developed a series of steps that have become the method for researching a bodily activation: to respond, understanding of the activated language, pass through own imaginary, and interpret as a constant research of continuous movement. Following this the interpreter defined for herself an instruction and visual diagrammatic code for activating each of the imposed nonviolent methods.

The performance follows a protocol of action in which the nonviolent method is declared vocally by the artist and projected onto the field of action; the instruction is enunciated by the interpreter and supported by the projection of the visual code into the space; the research of the movement is activated; a continuous discursive act by the artist accompanies and conditions the interpretation.