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Dis Tanz Solo III – 1929

Research : Movement and tonality of the void spaces – 14. June


Anne Frank (Anneliese Marie Frank)
12.June 1929 Frankfurt am Main – † early 1945 KZ Bergen-Belsen

The Anne Frank Center Berlin is a partner organisation of the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. The center commemorates the German Jewish family’s story with the exhibition and offering various educational programs all year around.

The center is located in the Haus Schwarzenberg, where I have my studio.
On the wall of the staircase there are Anne Frank’s smiling photos posted chronologically and I used to hear the audio book on the staircase.
So over years I became feeling very familiar with the world famous author.

Few years ago, I got to know that Anne Frank born in the same year with the actress Audrey Hepburn, and it was the same year with my father.
Anne Frank went to the hide-out at 1942 in her age of 13 and lost her life at 15. My father born in Kyoto in September 1929, had three children and left the earth in 2007. Associate her to my father through the year they born, led me think of her life she might have had if there wasn’t ever the Holocaust.
This 12.June 2021 would be her 92th Birthday and I went to the center.

When I first heard about Anne Frank’s diary I was young, it was heartbreaking to imagine that she eventually lost her life right after her sister Margot’s death, yet it wasn’t realistic for me because her appearance  was quite different with us Asian.
Listening and reading through the photos and interviews this time however, I found myself seeing the story not from Anne’s side, but rather her parents‘ side, and I felt more sympathy because she and her family just looked as same as my friends and their family here in Berlin.

The father Otto, who lost his wife and two daughters, hoped that the diary would be universally acknowledged across times and races, rather than being treated as a war literature or story of a Jew.

Het Achterhuis (The Annex), the original first edition published in 1947.

DisTanzSolo III : Research : Movement and tonality of the void spaces

The purpose of this research is collecting the information related to the Erinnerungskulture / the Culture of Remembrance, visiting the historic sites and investigate the roll of void/emptiness in the spaces, to prepare for my future project A Silent Room.    

During the first Lock-down in 2020, I kept practiced alone in my studio. 
I have my studio in the Art complex Haus-Schwarzenberg, Rosenthalerstr.39, Berlin Mitte.

The museum Otto Weidt’s Workshop for the Blind is located in the side wing of the same building. As same as Berliner Anne Frank Zentrum (is also located in Haus Schwarzenberg), over years the presence of the museum became a part of my daily life.

Otto Weidt was German factory owner who’d tried to save many Jews, deaf and blind people during the NS regime in Germany. Since the discovery of the history in 1999 by the students of the Museologie / Museumskunde an der HTW Berlin (Prof. Hans Wilderotter), the workshop and the hide-out has been exhibited.

In 2018, supported by the Heinrich Böll Foundation I had an artistic research about the hide-out. The hide-out, the small, windowless dark room of the museum was the first place, which introduced me the Erinnerungskultur, the Culture of Remembrance.

Knowing this word made me realize that the seemingly disparate things I’ve been interested are probably all on one line. With my German writing teacher Dr.Vera Fischer I set my first question ‚How can the experience of the memorials as a stimulus for artistic expression?‘.

However, as a Japanese with no connection to any of the parties involved, I’ve hesitated to touch this subject. But then when my mentor Boris von Poser pointed me out the possibility of creating a performance through observing the subject and collecting the experiences from my Japanese perspective, I decided to do this research. Having a mentor in research mean not only about getting practical information and suggestions, but I think it is also about getting ethical guidance for my work.    

The theater director Boris von Poser as my research mentor, I’ll visit the following three memorials and further sites of the Culture of Remembrance. I’ll collect the stories of the lives of the survived people and their families today, create movement and vocal sketches.

Intended place to visit
– The concentration camp memorial Auschwitz-Birkenau (PL)
– The Herzogenbusch Concentration Camp (NL) 
Terezín Memorial (CZ) – changed to ↓
– The memorial and museum Sachsenhausen
– – The memorial Bergen-Belsen

* The plan has been changed due to the current pandemic situation and the effect of the performance and project schedules postponed from 2020.

Visiting a place is a subjective experience – in other words, an experience that feels differently depending on the person-  that goes through its physical and sensory qualities.

Whether music or movement, the process of transferring a personal experience into an artistic expression let me recognizing my own sight towards the object I have, and give me a new perspective. 

The silence of those void spaces gives us the space to imagine a time we haven’t experienced, and consider the time in which we live. 
And in this research I hope to find my way to listen to the spaces.  

updated on 25.August.