Journey to Confusion advanced the idea of ‘con-fusion’ as a basis for intercultural artistic practice in the performance environment.
En route to a live performance commissioned by Next Wave Festival 2002, publicly presented developments in Melbourne (1999) and Tokyo (2000) generated an explosive dialogue in space and time between bodies and cultures represented by NYID and Japanese dance company, Gekkidan Kaitaisha.
The performance was set in the public and private places in which we watch and wait, sleep and dream, fight and dance, transitory spaces such as airport lounges, railway stations, detention centres and dance-halls in “an event on the borders of life, exploring transitional and transgressive behaviours in extreme travelspace.”
The project hosted performance-based research, public fora, open rehearsals and workshops. Writings on the project were disseminated in conferences, journal publications and a book, Alternatives, edited by NYID dramaturg Peter Eckersall with Professor Uchino Tadashi and Morayama Naoto.
Kumamoto Kenjiro Nakajima Miyuki
Next Wave Festival 2002 with ongoing support from Japan Foundation, Australia Council for the Arts, University of Melbourne and Morishita Studio