Flow Tide (2021)

Flow Tide began as an independent video project created by Shion Skye Carter and Japanese calligraphy artist Kisyuu in 2020. Collaborating from their respective homes at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the two artists bring their artistic practices together from a distance. In 2021, the collaboration was re-imagined as an outdoor, site-specific live performance, using 5-foot tall bamboo brushes and ink to perform their blend of calligraphy and movement on a large scale.

In this unique collaboration, the artists explore the intrinsic relationship between contemporary dance and the centuries-old tradition of calligraphy. Shion embodies the movement of the calligraphy brush, creating a sensation of the liquid ink flowing through her body as she dances, while Kisyuu’s dance takes place through her brush. Each brushstroke adds a call to which the dancer responds, taking the form of an abstract conversation. This conversation from a distance becomes a representation of Kisyuu and Shion’s connections to their Japanese roots, to their art forms, and to one another.

Creation/performance: Shion Skye Carter, Kisyuu

Music: Stefan Nazarevich

Videography (2021 film): Jo Hirabayashi



Vines Art Festival in Vancouver, BC



Powell Street Festival in Vancouver, BC



F-O-R-M Film Festival in Vancouver, BC



Vines Art Festival at New Brighton Park in Vancouver, BC


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Dancing on the Edge Festival film package (online)


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Powell Street Festival at Spanish Banks Beach in Vancouver, BC


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Dancing on the Edge Festival in Vancouver, BC (online)

Hibrido Brazilian Videodance Festival (online)


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City of Vancouver Public Art Program, VanLive! LED video screen

Moving Images International Video Dance Festival in Nicosia, Cyprus



Powell Street Festival in Vancouver, BC (online)