A composite art group of dancers, musicians and artists who gathered
together in 2000 around dancer-choreographer-director Mushimaru Fujieda.
The group, the Physical Poets, involves two subgroups within: the male
ensemble "ALAKAN" and the female ensemble "Sakiminohime".
This group has its uniquity that it has amalgamated traditional dances existing
in Japan to this day and the world-famed "Butoh", one of contemporary dances
that human spirit and body constitute an inseparable entity,
the group has based its dance techniques upon body control utilizing the
breathing methods for the training of Yoga, Qigong and Zen of the traditional
with live music performances of ethnic instruments,
the Physical Poets' theatrical expression-- full of originality, so beautiful and
mystic that one might recall the fantasy paintings--receives support from the
large audiences across borders.
Composition, direction, choreography: Mushimaru@Fujieda
A men only stage art creation group organized with dancers, musicians
and painters around the Natural Physical Poet, Fujieda Mushimaru.
Being influenced by the Buto-Dance, one of Japan's contemporary dances
and by the Noh, a traditional play of Japan-- ALAKAN's expression style is
What makes ALAKAN distinctive most is the expressing method based
on the beauty of human body that appears in its extremely controlled
movement-- the movement possibly called "motion in stillness"
with both the pictorial and dramatical
This ALAKAN's characteristic is realized
mainly by the "Breathing Walk",
an original body liberation method developed
Linking breath and walk, a traditional
carriage of monks of the Zen sects
among Buddhist denominations is boldly
arranged for theatrical performers,
and every action here is designed on the basis
of practising the Breathing Walk.
uθεθΨΆzv"Dattan Gensohfu" ( Dattan Fantasia)
re-arranged version of a piece first performed in the year 2000
by the art unit AkAKAN.
Its theme is sacred property and human. The title's "Dattan", or Tartar,
is the name of a secret ceremony of Buddhist exercise as well as the
old name of the equestrian people that lived in a remote corner of Asia.
The whole work is consist of five scenes, each one of which has a scene
title: "Predawn", "Midday", "Dusk", "Eve", "Midnight"-- corresponding to
each of the five elements that Buddhists teach: "Water", "Fire", "Wind",
"Earth" and "Sky" respectively. While these five scenes are independently
concluded, they in the aggregate proceed to the finale.
The image of the work is extremely of illusion, and AL`j`m's
characteristics, controlled movement and its bold composition,
is visualised on the stage along with the beauty of the Surrealist paintings.