“That was beautiful, but I didn’t get it,” was a refrain Brett Ishida got used to hearing in the audience at dance performances. At the time, Ishida, a former dancer, was studying for her degrees in English and education. She says the comment made her consider the potential in the journals and written narratives she’d been keeping for years—and provided her with the unlikely inspiration to create dances that would resonate with audiences.
“I thought, ‘I would love to create works that are really relevant, that are something that people in modernity can really understand and relate to,’” she remembers. Her observation—and the drive it created—turned into the ethos behind Ishida Dance Company.