Michikazu Matsune

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Biographie

Born in Kobe (Japan), Michikazu Matsune is a performance artist and choreographer living and working in Vienna. In an equally playful and critical manner, his interdisciplinary work examines the charged relationship between cultural ascriptions and social identification in our globalised society. Dance, if you want to enter my country! (2015) narrates the true story of an African-American dancer with a Muslim-sounding name who was forced to dance at the airport passport control to prove that he was, indeed, a professional dancer. Goodbye (2016) is based on farewell letters written by both famous and unknown individuals from all over the world. His project in collaboration with artist Jun Yang, The past is a foreign country (2018), focuses on the friendships and conflicts of two men across borders and topographies. In his narrative performances, Matsune often positions himself as a narrator or observer instead of assuming the role of protagonist. Michikazu Matsune was a guest at Wiener Festwochen 2011 with his production Hello 2111.

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