Chiaki Horita.

Chiaki Horita. "My mum wonders what I do in Gothenburg"

Chiaki Horita
Chiaki HoritaMarcus Palmqvist

Chiaki Horita came to GöteborgsOperans Danskompani in the autumn of 2011. At that time, she had most recently been in Holland, dancing with the young company NDT2. Everyone there was like a big family, so when she came to Gothenburg it took a little while to get into the more mature company here. She now feels at home in Gothenburg and is happy to belong to a company that is so well known in the dance world.

Not too many people are familiar with contemporary dance in Japan, so Chiaki has been enjoying the fact that the performances in Gothenburg have attracted a large audience during the season. "It is actually possible to feel the audience's energy during the performance," she says.

"When I was at home in Hiroshima I asked my family if they actually know what I do in Gothenburg. Then I asked them to dance as they think I do. When I think of the way they tried to use their bodies to express themselves, I am able to find loads of new inspiration.” / Chiaki Horita

Always getting to dance cannot be taken for granted
Working as a dancer involves hard daily training, but also involves collaborating and competing with others. The dancers have to audition before every performance and cannot count on being included every time. Finding new inspiration and energy ahead of productions is important, and Chiaki often finds her inspiration in everyday things. It can be as simple a thing as meeting and chatting with her friends, for example. Chiaki is happy with the work and thinks the competition also means constant development.

Own dance creations in the future
At some stage, Chiaki would like to return to dance in Japan. "It is difficult to explain to my friends what contemporary dance is. I usually say that we sometimes train in the same way as for classical ballet, but that my dancing is much freer and less constrained. But they should get to see it to be able to understand," she says. "One day I would also like to create my own works. For me, dance is a natural way to express myself. Other people may draw, paint or write - but for me it is easier to dance. And, obviously, dance is art. The hard training we do is one way of enabling us to express even more, but the high point is actually being on stage dancing."

In spring 2013, you can see Chiaki dance in Body remix, Våroffer and 33 Rue Vandenbranden.


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