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Cinema On Demand: Dancing Nymphs (15*)

Emerging Film Curators

four women are intertwined on a white mat

Filmmaker and choreographer Nao Yoshigai is one of the most fascinating rising artists from Japan, here we present the UK premiere of a selection of her short films.

From the rooms of a traditional Japanese house to vast natural landscapes, female bodies dance together. Eschewing conventional narrative, Yoshigai’s shorts explore movement and touch becomes the gateway to a primordial connection between women and nature.

In her shorts, Yoshigai “choreographs image and sound” to depict women confronted by societal limitations. Yet, she mostly concentrates on their dancing bodies seeking out women’s liberation into nature. Combining surreal settings with an experimental approach, Yoshigai is an observer of the female body as much as a preacher of a gentle ecology.

The shorts are preceded by the a video introduction by the Nao Yoshigai. 

Running time approximately 100 min

Japan-UK Season of Culture


I want to go out
Two women. A vast natural expanse. A tatami room. A dying bug. Without uttering a single word, they communicate dancing.
Japan 2014 7min

Hottamaru Days
In a wooden, one-storey house Satoko doesn’t know she is living with four dancing nymphs. The nymphs enjoy the human’s music until another nymph steps in.
Japan 2015 37min

The Pear and the Fang
Ayano is a shut-in who collects pears. Satoko is a farmer living in the countryside. A pear and a fang will bring them together.
Japan 2018 30min

Grand Bouquet
A mysterious black object shoots questions towards a woman. She tries to answer back but she can only throw up flowers.
Japan 2019 15min

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