Report: “See you in Kitano-machi” Dance workshop (2)
The second Dance workshop was held on Sunday 25 June 2023 from 13:00 to 14:00 in Multipurpose Room at Cosmo Smile Kitano.
Fourteen technical intern trainees, five students taking intercultural communication theory at Kurume University and three staff members participated in the workshop.
It started with the call of "Let's Dance!" by the facilitator, Ms. Un Yamada. As they imitated the dancers' movements while light music played in the background, smiles naturally filled the air.
In an activity where participants were paired up and spun around hand in hand, a "Change Pairs!" was called out, they were paired with a new person they had never met before. After a few repetitions, they started to hold hands with someone they didn't know more often.
The performance repeated scenes in which the participants danced to the movements of Ms. Un Yamada, and scenes in which they moved their bodies as they wished in response to the call to 'dance freely'. When occasional instructions for 'high-five' or 'put your hand on the shoulder of the person in front' were given with gestures, laughter increased as they became physically closer to each other.
After the break, the participants danced in pairs. They performed 'contact improvisation', in which they alternately put their weight on the other person and move according to the flow of movement that occurs. It is like a physical dialogue without words, and no movement can be created without the two people facing each other. Therefore, there are difficulties. Some of the groups found dynamic movement by boldly yielding their weight to their partner.
After the workshop, they formed a circle and became engrossed in chatting. According to assistant Ms. Shiori Susaki, they had a lot of fun talking about delicacies from Japan and the Philippines, and some even exchanged social networking sites.
Here are some of the comments from participants.