The RisoRosa Blessing

The RisoRosa Blessing  is a project included in the exhibition Fox and the Jewels. The video of the perfomance has been exhibited in the event "Sounds that rice grown" and supported by AIR Residence 2016  in Shinano Omachi. http://shinano-omachi.jp/asahi-air/artist-list/marina-gasparini/
More details about the personal exhibition "Fox and the jewels" by Marina Gasparini, artist in residence, are on the website:
The show exhibits installations, the performance filming and traces of a workshop.
Marina Gasparini's RisoRosa Blessing performace is structured in  three parts: Time, Water and Rice, and has taken place in the Kamado JinJa Shrine in Omachi city on the 6th of November 2016 with the collaboration of the dancers of the City of Omachi and the direction of Sosei Sato.


The project is focused on an object,  the “Irori” as  imagine that irradiates  memories of the feeding time in its ritual meanings. It was, as well, the energetic center of the traditional home. In that place the guests sat down for a cup of tea  maybe have found   the perfect venue for  a story-telling of their lives or their trips. The performance includes  the presence of a irori. drew by a textile tecnique. The fiber is the metaphor of a woven world of stories and of life.



The dance is inspired to an engraving in an ancient venetian book of the XVI century that represents the Time. 
One of the best known engravings from Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, is certainly that of the enigmatic bi-faced group of dancers that's in the incipit of  the first book.
Every man is connected with a woman but untied to her and each dancer has two faces; a cryng face and a smiling face. Dancing in two oscillating semi-circles, not in a round. 
  On the right side there were some presences of dancing young men and young ladies, each one with two faces. The front one smiling, the back one crying. And in round they were dancing. Holding by arms, man with man and woman with woman. A man’s arm under a woman’s one, and the other arm over the woman’s one. And so holding they move in that way, one by one. That always one happy face was opposed to the sad face of the previous. 
So a succession of men and women, moving in two opposite semi-circles, forming quite an ellipse, more properly an eye. Each of them is bi-faced and turning the wrong face to the following dancer. So they are always opposite to each other.  
I stay next to  the textile drawing of the irori watching people while they are moving around the space with a pink Otafuku mask on their faces. 
The dancers will stop after a few minutes and take off their masks.
The mask becomes a bowl into which Inari pours the rice-
The rice is thrown into the air.
The mask is resting on the sacred terrain
The artist collects the rice grains one by one and put them in a large bowl.
The performance ends when all the grains of rice is collected-


  
,◆Thanks to:
Jhonnam Ha, Motoyama, and to Kamado Jinja comunity

堀ゆい 女性 F:YUI  HORI 
田中裕樹 男性 M : YUUKI  TANAKA
阪井昭啓 男性 M : AKIHIRO SAKAI
中村直人 M: NAOTO NAKAMURA
今井 しんご M:SHINGO IMAI 
手塚 真紀子 F :MAKIKO TEZKA 

◆DANCERS:
CHIZUKO MATSUDA ,YOKO FUJISAWA,AYA YANOME, CHIKA AOYAMA,  IZUMIY OKOKAWA

Video and video editing  of the performance by Takahiro  Ozawa
other informations to these links:
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