Liz Kinoshita (CAN/BE)




VOLCANO (60 min)
‘Eyjafjallajökull’, the Icelandic volcano, erupted in March 2010, scattering dangerous ash and causing cancelations and delays throughout European airspace – the largest disruption of air travel since World War II. Many people were momentarily stranded, unexpectedly halted. The eruption and the shutdown of air traffic, helped choreographer Liz Kinoshita reflect upon our globetrotting lifestyles today. In VOLCANO she uses mechanisms of the “musical” genre from ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s, to share reflections on the hectic lives of contemporary performers and travellers. Together with three excellent performers, Liz Kinoshita created a smart and fresh performance, in a mix of self-composed songs, dance and stage presence. Pushed by the steady rhythm of the tap dance and the emotion of the songs, VOLCANO shares the lifestyles led, the tour routes taken, the feats required to make everything possible, and the reflections that arise when a volcanic eruption is bringing our feet back on the ground.

concept, direction: Liz Kinoshita
creation, performance: Liz Kinoshita, Clinton Stringer, Salka Ardal Rosengren, Justin F. Kennedy
dramaturgical advise: Chrysa Parkinson
musical advise: Chris Peck
scenographic advise: Tim Wouters
technique: Jitske Vandenbussche
photo: Giannina Urmeneta Ottiker
executive production: Caravan Production (Brussels, BE)
co-production: workspacebrussels (Brussels, BE), Kunstenwerkplaats Pianofabriek (Brussels, BE), Vooruit (Gent, BE) in the frame of the European Network [DNA] DEPARTURES AND ARRIVALS co-funded by: the Creative Europe Program of the European Union, Residencies Kultuurfaktorij Monty (Antwerp, BE); MDT (Stockholm, SE); STUK Kunstencentrum (Leuven, BE); MAKE – an initiative of Cork Midsummer Festival, Project Arts Centre, Theatre Forum and Tiger Dublin Fringe (Annaghmakerrig, IE)

With the support of: the Flemish Government; Konstnärsnämnden, the Swedish Arts Grants Committee


Liz Kinoshita was born in Toronto, Canada and moved to Europe in 2002 to further study and work. She studied at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, Belgium from 2004-2008. In 2004, Liz participated in DanceWEB during the ImpulsTanz Festival in Vienna, Austria, having received a Grant to Dance Professionals from the Canada Council of the Arts. Since graduating she has worked with various Belgian companies, such as: ZOO/Thomas Hauert in Accords, You’ve Changed and MONO, with tg STAN in Nusch and The Tangible, and with choreographer Eleanor Bauer/GoodMove in A Dance For The Newest Age (the triangle piece) and Tentative Assembly (the tent piece).

At the invitation of Walter Verdin she collaborated with the Congolese theatre-maker Ornella Mamba, which resulted in the performance Article 0.0. Liz created a performance with children in Andenne, Belgium via the Centre Dramatique de Wallonie pour L’Enfance et la Jeunesse. She has given contemporary dance workshops in Belgium, France, and Canada. Recently she has worked with Tino Sehgal in This Variation, Matija Ferlin in The Other At The Same Time, and with Claire Croizé in Chant Éloigné.

VOLCANO, made in November 2014, is her first piece she made as a choreographer.


Saturday, 12 September 2015, Short Theatre Festival Rome