Artists

Momose Aya

  • Born 1988 in Tokyo, Japan.
  • Based in Tokyo, Japan.

Momose Aya creates movies and performance pieces that, through the act of performing, examine the communication imbalance and the sense of discomfort that emerge from one’s own body in relation to others, as well as the related questions of gender and sexuality. In recent years, Momose broke new ground with a genre she coined “therapy performance”—works that combine the theatrical experience with therapeutic processes, for example by involving the practice of acupuncture in a performance.

Momose Aya’s recent masterwork Jokanaan (part of the Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art’s collection) is scheduled to be screened as part of her Contemporary Art exhibition.

Momose will also present a new work as part of Aichi Triennale 2022’s Performing Arts program. With physical contact having become quasi-taboo, Momose stages a therapy performance that unearths the roots of desire and overcomes the artificial divisions erected by our modern worldview, such as caregiver/care-receiver, healer/patient and healthy/disabled.

Selected Works & Awards
2021
Performing Acupuncture, Theater Commons Tokyo ’21, Tokyo, Japan
2021
I.C.A.N.S.E.E.Y.O.U, ZIPPED Performing Arts Festival, Tokyo, Japan
2016
Roppongi Crossing 2016: My Body, Your Voice, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2015
Artist File 2015 Next Doors: Contemporary Art in Japan and Korea, The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan
2014
Voice Samples (solo), Art Gallery 1, Yokohama Museum of Art, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Jokanaan, 2019
  • Collection of Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art

Performances

New Creation, World Premiere

EXPERIENTIAL PERFORMANCE

  • Social Dance 2019
  • Collection of Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka
Dates
Thu, Oct 6 – Mon, Oct 10
Duration
TBD
Languages
Japanese, English
Tickets
Adults ¥2,000
U25 ¥1,500

・Door tickets for adults, and U25 cost an additional ¥500.

Note
Children below school age are not permitted.
Venue
Mini Theater, Aichi Prefectural Art Theater (B1)
Access
  • 5 minutes on foot from Sakae Station on the Higashiyama Subway Line or Meijo Subway Line.
  • 5 minutes on foot from Sakae-Machi Station on the Meitetsu Seto Line.
Performance brochure
Available after the performance