WATASHI DVD (2011)
A collection of seven short films, WATASHI is the result of a collaboration between movement artist Masumi Saito and film-maker Guy Wigmore. Stepping away from live performance, this project gave Masumi the opportunity to create something both permanent and accessible. Presented new freedoms as well as new challenges, the resulting films on this disk show us a varied and fascinating picture of an artist in motion.
Unlike her mostly improvised performances working with film was challenging a different, requiring planning, collaborating and choreographing. To choreograph for the screen was completely different working within the constraints of the frame instead of the dimensions of the stage. Masumi consciously made a collection of films with different elements and feelings. One of the film 'Michi' from the collection have been really influential in my Movement Diary project because of its simplicity and honesty.