Bestiaire (Bestiary): A Performance in Five Movements for Film, Cameras, Dancers and Saxophone

June 9, 2012, Saturday 7:30 pm

Door opens: 6:30 pm

Venue: Hara Museum Courtyard Garden

*The performance will be held indoors in case of rain.

Fee: 3500 yen (includes museum entrance/reservations required)

  Bestiaire (Bestiary): A Performance in Five Movements for Film, Cameras, Dancers and Saxophone

Created by: Maroussia Vossen and Etienne Sandrin, in the collaboration with Antoine Miserey, based on Bestiary by Chris Marker

Choreography: Maroussia Vossen

Direction and Installation: Etienne Sandrin, in collaboration with Antoine Miserey

Dancers: Maroussia Vossen, crewimburnny, Contact Gonzo

Saxophone: Yasuaki Shimizu

Film: Chris Marker

Bestiaire (Bestiary) is a set of five choreographic works created specifically for Hors Pistes Tokyo 2012 based on the Bestiary series of films by Chris Marker over the years from 1990 to 1994 (Cat Listening to Music, Slon Tango, Bullfight in Okinawa, An Owl is An Owl is An Owl). Adapted to suit the specific configuration of the Hara Museum courtyard garden, each work connects the films, dancers, music and movements in an original theatrical form that blends the different time-space aspects of stage and screen. Bestiaire comprises a collaborative narration between Maroussia Vossen, dancer, choreographer and teacher; the Tokyo-based company crewimburnny; the performers Contact Gonzo from Osaka; and the renowned tenor saxophonist Yasuaki Shimizu, who adds harmony and counterpoint to the dancers’ steps.

Maroussia VOSSEN 

Born in Paris, Maroussia began dancing at the age of 5. She underwent 9 years of classical ballet training under the direction of Lucien Legrand (Opera de Paris) and took part in the Dance and Culture Association, directed by its founder and president Jean Dorcy. She is also a student of Ginette Bastien. When she turned 15, she began studying contemporary dance under Linda Diamond (a student of Martha Graham and Jose Limon) and Trudy Kressel. A passion for travel and an interest in a diversity of cultures and arts led her to study other dance techniques (jazz, character, tap-dance, Brazilian dance, duo with a whirling dervish). Her creations are inspired by her life experiences. She collaborates with artists from various disciplines–especially musicians, painters, sculptors, poets and photographers–in various spaces, included traditional scenes.


Composer and saxophonist Yasuaki Shimizu is a vitally inquisitive artist whose musical explorations range from classical to free improvisation. Prolific in recording and live performance since his virtuosic saxophone first attracted attention in the 1970s, he collaborates on video, multimedia and dance projects, as well as scoring television drama, commercials and films. His groundbreaking interpretations of J.S. Bach include the first-ever tenor saxophone renditions of the entire “Cello Suites” (1996, 1999) and most recently the “Goldberg Variations”, which he arranged for saxophone and contrabass in 2010. Shimizu also records and performs with his saxophone quintet, Yasuaki Shimizu & Saxophonettes, with whom he released the album “Pentatonica” (2007), a collection of original compositions based on the five-note scale.


crewimburnny approaches the movements of women from two different points of view: the delusional fantasies of boys and the lovely and aesthetic viewpoint of girls. They depict the dreams, reality and emptiness which lie between those two irreconcilable perspectives. In their performances, they combine, in part, feminine movements with ironic venom to captivate the audience and immerse them in their crewimburnny world. The dancers are also at times raw and relaxed, creating a unique lazy aura on the stage.


Contact Gonzo engages in a unique type of performance that involves constant physical contact that at times looks like street fighting, at times dance. Equally unique are the places they perform in, such as parks, city streets, woods, nuclear shelters and underground malls. Their form of improvisational performance grew out of the experiments of dancers Yuya Tuskahara, Keigo Mikajiri, Yu Kanai, Takuya Matsumi and Masakazu Kobayashi, using the contact improvisation style.


Born in 1921, Chris Marker is a filmmaker, photographer, writer, and artist. Marker met Alain Resnais in 1952 and collaborated with him in Statues Also Die. He has traveled all over the world and shot many documentaries. In 1962, he directed The Pier, which he made using still photos. Today, he has become a cult figure. His works include a wide range of art forms, such as films, multi-media installations, novels and essays. Hors Pistes Tokyo will screen his works on June 3, 9 and 10 at L’Institut franco-japonais de Tokyo.

Inquiries & reservation:

Organized by: Hara Museum of Contemporary Art and Hors Pistes Tokyo 2012

Support: Pola Art Foundation, The Asahi Shimbun Foundation