Updated: May 4
Have you all been dancing?
We are living in crazy times and many of us are confused and unsure about the whole situation. We don't know what's going to happen but we've all accepted the fact that we will have to live socially isolated until further notice.
I feel very lucky to have a comfortable and safe home and having a relatively stable life. I still work and take online classes at university. The social isolation has started to catch up with me and I have been struggling with it more every day. But despite times like this, we all have dance. We still have our bodies which can help up move and forget, even for a minute about what is happening right now or how we are feeling. I hope that you all have been able to continue moving and keeping creative juices flowing. As artists, these are most challenging times but take this challenge on because the change of lifestyle can truely inspire.
Keep dancing everyone and keep supporting and connecting with each other.
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By Natsuko Yonezawa
Natsuko is an emerging multidisciplinary artist, currently studying a Bachelor of Design at the Australian National University. Her practice is strongly influenced by social issues and she often works with dance, design, visual art, sound design, film and other forms of digital media. Yonezawa has been dancing with QL2 youth dance ensemble since 2014 and she also toured to Melbourne for the Australian Youth Dance Festival in 2017. She has been a very active member in the Canberra arts community. She produced her first major work, The Hikikomori which premiered at the Art Not Apart Festival in 2019. She has also created works for the You Are Here Festival and did a speech about Dance and Social Isolation at the Bold Festival. She is also currently an Artist in Residence at ANCA (Australian National Capital Artists).