Dancer, Actor, Organizer
Dancer and actor, currently based in Yokohama. JUNYA ISHII was born in Saitama in 1983 and grew up in Mexico-city and Toronto. He has been working across the fields of dance, theatre and film. His interest is to discover the state of consciousness and unconsciousness, state of being through the body and its perception. Since 2009, he has been working for Regional Creative Atelier Josef Nadj,Kanjiza, Serbia to dance for the pieces choreographed by Josef Nadj. As actor, he works as leading role for “2045 Carnival Folklore” directed by Naoki Kato, which was premiered at Seattle International Film Festival in 2015. He also participated for Hungarian film by Igor and Ivan Buharov, and Serbian film directed by Szabolcs Tolnai. He recently started independent distribution company PLATAUX to organize “2045 Carnival Folklore live screening tour” in Europe.
2045 CARNIVAL FOLKLORE, 2015
Film directed by Naoki Kato
ECLIPSE │Video Installation
Video: Pogonyi Csongor
Motion: Junya Ishii
Created at Laszlo Moholy Nagy Arts and Design University/ 2011 Hungary
Eclipse was created with video artist Pogonyi Csongor in Budapest. In dark room, we used welding machine, and shot with super slow camera to capture blinking and slow swaying vision through the reflection of light through the body and motion. I have been interested in the idea of “vision in motion”, “art of light and motion” by László Moholy-Nagy. I perceive this video piece as portrait in digital reproduction.
HORIZON│Recorded at Hortobagy National Park, Hungary 2008
Director: Daniel Szandtner, Junya Ishii
Hungary | 2010 | Color | 5min
The film was shot at the Horobagy, an exclave of the Eurasian Steppe called Puszta in Hungary. The word “Puszta” means “plains”, “desolate, “barren, and “bare”. Documented by Daniel Szandtner, Junya Ishii danced impulsively at the land where the wind are blowing strongly, and migratory birds are flying above.
“In 2008, winter. I went with cameraman Daniel Szandtner at Hortobagy National Park in Hungary. I have been admired for the landscape of horizon. Now I can see the reason is because I spent too much time in the environment which were surrounded by skyscrapers in Tokyo, and I needed to explore something from inside. At the horizon in Hungary, I tried to spin kind of dialogue between my body and the environment, which is surrounded by wind, bird, muddy ground and steppe.”
The landscape of the Hungarian Puszta , an outstanding example of a cultural landscape shaped by a pastoral human society, preserves intact and visible the evidence of its traditional use over more than two millennia and represents the harmonious interaction between human beings and nature. The Puszta consists of a vast area of plains and wetlands in eastern Hungary. Traditional forms of land use, such as the grazing of domestic animals, have been present in this pastoral society for more than two millennia.