Dance and ikebana are arts of grace between points of equilibrium and points of imbalance. These photos were taken by Stefania Nastasi during my performance “The Dance of Eros and Thanatos” in collaboration with the association Ukigumo and the Northern Italy Study Group, Official Study Group and Authorized by Iemoto (school head) Mrs. Akane Teshigahara of the Ikebana Sogetsu School of Tōkyō. The Official and Authorized School for the teaching of Ikebana in Italy, where in Vicenza and Mantua Damiano Fina regularly teaches butoh dance.
“The temple bell is silent,
but the sound continues
to get out of the flowers.”
(1644 – 1694)
The Japanese art of Ikebana is on stage together with the butoh dance. A performance dedicated to “Grace”, a word full of spiritual meanings and central in the research of the artist Damiano Fina. Just as in the Japanese art of ikebana beauty and harmony are sought between balance and imbalance, in the refined compositional research between elements poised between proportion and disproportion, in the philosophy of the flower, which captures in itself prosperity and transience (wabi-sabi in Japanese), Damiano Fina’s butoh dance performance stages the human body poised between life and death.