When I speak with Russian Tokyo-based photographer Yulia Skogoreva in a cozy coffee shop in the Yoyogi district of the Japanese capital, it becomes apparent very quickly that motion, or bodies in motion to be precise, is what she is essentially invested in. The Muscovite's ongoing projects with female sumo and contemporary dancers are, for her, much the same in that they celebrate the human body in a series of ritualistic, performance-focused or natural settings and her role is to be a spectator, a probenleiter who probes, pushes and guides the dancer to where they belong.
Fujiwalabo collaboration, Tokyo, 2020. Photograph by Yulia Skogoreva
The son of a painter and a set designer, director/choreographer Jean-Christophe Maillot was, it seems, destined to have a life in the theater. Born and raised in Tours, in central France, in 1960, he studied dance and piano at the Conservatoire Nacional de Région de Tours before joining the Rosella Hightower International School of Dance in Cannes.Continue Reading