Michikazu Matsune is a performance-artist and choreographer who works in various contexts and spaces such as stage, museums, public and private spaces. His interest lies in testing poetic absurdity to reflect our society critically and playfully. His interdisciplinary performances investigate themes such as the relationship between body and objects, action and language, place and behavior. Michikazu Matsune is originally from Kobe / Japan and based in Vienna / Austria.

His recent solo-performances include For Now (2017) that deals with his experience about the loss of his parents. Goodbye (2016) is a performance based on farewell letters written by various people. Dance, if you want to enter my country! (2015) deals with the story of African-American dancer Abdur Rahim Jackson who was forced to dance at an airport’s passport control. Matsune’s project Homesick Festival (2017) featured a series of performances in private homes. The group-work Mattress Pieces (2016) was performed by four dancers with seven mattresses, dealing with mattresses as a place to sleep, love, dream and die. The performance Objective Point of View (2015) was made in collaboration with Russian artist Maxim Ilyukhin and explored their personal stories in the tension between cultural ascriptions and social identifications. Previously Matsune developed various projects in collaboration with Austrian artist David Subal including the shop of selling live-performances, Store (2005-2012), and One Hour Standing for (2005 - 2009), in which they stood still for 60 minutes in front of touristic monuments in 24 capital cities.

Since 2012 Michikazu Matsune has taught performance at institutions including Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz / Universität der Künste Berlin and Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance among others.


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