Flow Tide

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


Oct 2-9, 2022

Zero Plus International Film Festival, Russia


Aug 13, 2022

Vines Art Festival at Trout Lake Park, Vancouver, BC


July 30, 2022

Powell Street Festival at Firehall Arts Centre, Vancouver, BC


May 27, 2022

Festival Accès Asie, Montréal, QC (film screening)


Sept 13, 2021

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

Selected as the Honourable Mention of the F-O-R-M Artistic Committee Award


Aug 11, 2021

Vines Art Festival at New Brighton Park, Vancouver, BC


July 8-17, 2021

Dancing on the Edge Festival, Vancouver, BC (film screening)


July 7, 2021 + online film screening

Powell Street Festival at Spanish Banks Beach, Vancouver, BC


June 24, 2021

Hibrido Brazilian Videodance Festival, Brazil (film screening)


Dec 14, 2020 – Jan 3, 2021

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


Jan 2021

Moving Images International Video Dance Festival, Nicosia, Cyprus (film screening)


Aug 1 + 2, 2020

Powell Street Festival, Vancouver, BC (film screening)