“I wish to create something we’ve never seen before, which touches on and deconstructs the frame of ‘performing’ in a playful way.”
Japanese performer, director, and choreographer Yuya Tsukahara is a co-founder, together with dancer Masaru Kakio, of the improvisational performance collective contact Gonzo. Formed in 2006 in Osaka, contact Gonzo developed an improvisational style of physical practice in which fluid movements are accompanied by blows and slaps that resemble physical altercations, thereby blurring the boundaries between violence and trust.
Tsukahara and Kakio describe their approach as “Philosophy of pain, technique of contact,” radically deconstructing the idea of conventional performances. The collective, which currently consists of five members, performs in public space, nature, galleries, museums, theaters, dance festivals, and also stages urban interventions in cities around the world.