Project: Threading Echos
Residency period: July 18 - October 25, 2022
Threading Echos is a performance and film that shares the history of “shifu” (fabric woven from washi paper thread called “kami-ito”) through contemporary dance, expressing from a Japanese Canadian perspective how we connect in the present day to this time-honoured, hands-on practice from 6th- century Japan . Created by Shion Skye Carter in collaboration with two Ontario-based artists, dance artist Mayumi Lashbrook (Toronto) and fibre artist Hitoko Okada (Hamilton), this work connects three artists despite being tangled by the pandemic and stretched by geography, to honour their Japanese ancestry through dance and storytelling. Conjuring ancestral presence through soft gestures, gestural tableau, shadows and text, the inspiration of cultural heritage craft on this embodied performance is a calming reminder to release our nervous systems from the consumption-driven world in which we are embedded.