2019 / Former Noguchi Room (Tokyo, Japan)
"no room" is a site-speciﬁc performance created for the original Noguchi Room at Keio University, which was built in 1951 as a collaboration between architect Yoshiro Taniguchi and sculptor Isamu Noguchi. Once described as an architectural and sculptural “symphony of structural form,” following its completion this space has been subjected to relocation, renovation, and a host
of other management issues at odds with its creators’ intentions—a ﬂoating ediﬁce developing its own history and ﬁnally arriving at its present form. It is not
only the architectural conditions that have changed: Taniguchi and Noguchi designed this room in hopes of creating a space for all kinds of people to mingle.
It is now, on the contrary, kept locked up for conservation purposes. To Hala, this seemed a violation of the identities of the artwork and its creators. Through
this performance piece, she attempted to visualize the friction and contradictions that emerge from the individual’s interactions with society. At ﬁrst glance, one
might assume that the myriad of rules and regulations governing this space, a protected cultural property, would hamper a performance’s staging; no room, however, was entirely composed of the physical actions and situations that arise from restriction.
Concept: Saori Hala, BLESS
Situation Design:Saori Hala, BLESS, Manami KAKUDO
Situation Handler:Saori Hala, Kaho KOGURE, Kazuya OI, Kazuhei KIMURA, BLESS Produced by Dance New Air