I believe innovation must first come from a complete immersion in tradition. It then must make an intrepid leap towards another manifestation to remain relevant. Inspiration and identity are grounded by core aesthetics. How does a tradition come into being, and sustain? These inquiries affect how and what I present. It is the impetus for creation and collaboration. The challenge is how to uphold my responsibilities as a Japanese American woman artist in the 21st century while protecting the core aesthetics, and then to provide a living example of the relevance of traditions through my performance. Perspective ultimately affects introspection.The beauty of the art, in a sense, is beholden to the formal boundaries of structure, movement, and process. In Japanese classical dance, any deviation from the accepted norm immediately exiles the piece from the known and conventional realm.
For me, the challenge is therefore to create works, which include selected elements from the traditional art forms of Japanese classical dance, taiko, and ozashiki shamisen (Japanese lute), and infusing non-traditional elements, such as contemporary dance, creative music, and western/Japanese classical musicians to produce aesthetically grounded art.
Alternatively, certain conventional elements need to be transmuted or even eliminated to allow for the juxtaposition of the different concepts to coalesce into the same art experience onstage.