Future Fridays: Yumino Seki and Alisa Oleva

Yumino Seki and Alisa Oleva

Future Fridays at Chisenhale Dance Space

19th June 2020 | 7:30pm
£5 Early Bird | £7.50 Advance | £10 Standard

Cancelled due to COVID-19


Two subtle performances encourage us to attune to our senses, and examine spaces both inside and outside the body.


Ten (Heaven), Chi (Earth) and Jin (Creation)  Yumino Seki

A sensory exploration of IKEBANA, a traditional Japanese form of flower arrangement, and the subtle choreography of the spaces between.

Ten-Chi-Jin is a term used in IKEBANA, Japanese traditional flower arrangement.  Ten, heaven guides, Chi, earth follows and Jin, creation retains harmony between Ten and Chi.  It is a representation of the universe. 

IKEBANA developed within the frame of Japanese traditional architecture.  It attempts to capture the life of plants and the innate state of its beauty as it exists in nature.  It is described as the ultimate abbreviation of an exquisite aesthetic. “The fewer the flowers the deeper the meaning”: in order to emphasise a single flower a small quantity of plants are selected, and spaces are skilfully created.  As time goes by, buds open, blossom decays. 

This new collaboration between the dance artist Yumino Seki and the visual artist Jacek Ludwig Scarso will explore a new way of sensory communication engaging with Butoh’s visceral expression and theatricality.

Supported by London Metropolitan University.

Photo: Kaizo, directed by Alex Franck.

Traceur –
Alisa Oleva

Do you sometimes touch walls when you pass through the streets of the city or when you enter an unfamiliar room? Walls, stairs, corridors, doors, windows – each have their own texture, rhythm and length. The performance takes you on a route through the inside and outside of the building, experiencing it sonically and through touch. Contours, traces, perimeter and the skin of the space reveal themselves through the physicality of touch.  How does this building feel, what are its dimensions and how do its walls sound?

This performance will take place at three different times in small groups. Please email es@chisenhaledancespace.co.uk if you have any access needs or struggle with climbing the stairs. At least one of the three performances will be stairs-free.


Future Fridays is our regular programme supporting new work led by Chisenhale Dance Members. Join us for a first look at seven projects which shun conventions and face the future of performance head-on.

Chisenhale Dance Space is on the second floor, accessed by a staircase only, and therefore, regrettably, is not wheelchair accessible. For more information, please click here. If you would like to talk to one of our team about your access needs, please email es@chisenhaledancespace.co.uk



Yumino Seki is a Japanese dance artist, Butoh practitioner and somatic movement educator who makes, performs, collaborates and teaches.  Inspired by Butoh’s conceptual approach she explores ways of communication, aiming to embody action, sensory presence and image.  Her work is informed by the cultural depth and diversity of both the UK and Japan.

Jacek Ludwig Scarso investigates intersections between practices of theatricality and contemporary art stretching theatrical experiences across live performance, video, photography and installation. His work has been exhibited at Tate Exchange, MACRO Museo di Arte Contemporanea, Rome, the Science Museum, and GV Art Gallery.  He was born in Rome of Polish, British and Italian origins.   

Alisa Oleva’s practice offers a way to experience and engage with the everyday urban life around us by shifting the sense of real and imaginary within the cityscape. She treats the city as her studio and urban life as material, to consider issues of private and public, visible and invisible, urban choreography and urban archaeology, traces and surfaces, borders and inventories, voids and silences.