Flow Tide (2021)

Flow Tide began as an independent video project created by Shion Skye Carter and Japanese calligraphy artist Kisyuu. 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 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. In 2021, after changes in social-distancing restrictions, the collaboration was re-imagined as an outdoor, site-specific live performance.

Creation/performance: Shion Skye Carter, Kisyuu

Music: Stefan Nazarevich

Videography (2021 film): Jo Hirabayashi

 

09/2021

*UPCOMING FILM SCREENING

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

 

08/11/2021

*UPCOMING PERFORMANCE

Vines Art Festival at New Brighton Park in Vancouver, BC

 

07/08 – 07/17/2021

Dancing on the Edge Festival film package (online)

 

07/07/2021 + online

Powell Street Festival at Spanish Banks Beach in Vancouver, BC

 

07/08 – 07/17/2021

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

Hibrido Brazilian Videodance Festival (online)

 

12/2020 – 01/2021

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

Moving Images International Video Dance Festival in Nicosia, Cyprus

 

08/2020

Powell Street Festival in Vancouver, BC (online)