Rui Ishihara – a dancer and choreographer deeply inspired by Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno, the founders of butoh dance. He started his dance career in 2000, first as a contemporary dancer. Then, he found the direction of his artistic path thanks to meetings with dancers Kazuo Ohno, Min Tanaka and Simone Forti (postmodern dance). In 2006, he began his life project Kanademai, a dance pilgrimage. He performs an offering dance in a variety of natural and artificial locations; so far, he has appeared in Italy, Ireland, France, Germany, Poland and Japan. Since then, he has collaborated with various artists and musicians in Europe. In 2009, he settled in Warsaw, where he continues his research on dance and body. In recent years, while working as a dancer and choreographer, he has started exploring different fields of art, for example, singing. This broadens his perspective in research.
“Dance tells us what Life is – we are the Life itself. Dance is always here, there, and everywhere. I wish I would be a dance – in one moment countless resonances in space-time echo and flash all together – they emerge as a dance here and now, a dance of existences meeting in harmony.”