Past is smoke. What’s burning is now.
Why did I run away to come here?

An en kiri temple was a shelter for women who had to run away from
their men during the Edo period. = ASYL
The past and the present of a woman who came to this ASYL.
Her visionary story will be presented in layers accompanied by
shamisen, singing, dance and motion pictures.

Written, directed, and filmed by: Naoto Iina
Shamisen and singing by: Fuei Nishimatsu
Choreography and dance by: Misako Terada



The DANCE × MUSIC! project started in 2005. It is a new approach to the relationship between choreography and music when a new dance work is created. It is not the choreographer’s roll to choose already existing music for his/her dance, a choreographer and a musician stand on the same start line to create a collaborative performance. There have been seven creations in four seasons.

When you use already existing music for your dance performance, it is almost impossible to release the performance anywhere other than live on stage because of the extremely expensive master recording rights for secondary use, or the difficulty of getting the permission to use the music. This project solved this problem, selling dance performances on DVDs and other media, and developed a new market in the dance industry.

In 2008, we produced a DVD set, one disc was filmed from a live performance on stage: “The Theatrical Version”, the other one filmed the performance scene by scene, and added movie effects: “The Video Dance Version”. This unusual combination of the dynamism of a live performance and interesting film effects created a new way of enjoying dance at home.

As the DANCE X MUSIC! project continues to develop, the attraction of dance as live performance is widened, and the relationship between dance and media has stepped into a new stage.


Based on these results, we are now launching a new series: DANCE×MUSIC×MOVIE!. In this new series, we have added a filmmaker’s point of view to DANCE X MUSIC!

What is so special about this is that we expect this to take a totally new turn in dance performances. Films have been used in other art forms such as fine arts exhibitions or installations, but in this DANCE×MUSIC×MOVIE!, film is used as choreography and direction with pictorial interpretations together with live performance, and the film itself is a dance movie behind the performance. It is an epoch-making technique.

In recent years, there has been a lot of experimentation with dance and film. In the western world, “Video Dance” is gaining popularity, and exclusive festivals are held in many places. Adding film making technique and method to dance performance widens the interpretation as well as the direction, adding to the entertainment value, generating a lot of attention as a cutting-edge art genre.
Our creation has the excitement of both a live performance and a dance movie; this is a pioneering dance performance.

In order for Japanese contemporary dance to be high quality and a major art globally, a musician, a choreographer and a filmmaker are collaborating with their particular ways of making art, bringing a totally new and fascinating art piece to you.


Naoto Iina was a cinematographer, editor, and director for “The Video Dance Version” of DANCE x MUSIC! in 2008. This time, he will be the writer, director, and film director for this new creation called “ASYL”.
Iina is the founder of Dance and Media JAPAN, has organized DMJ International Video Dance Festival for seven years, which has attract major attention and received many international entries.
In addition to his work as a producer, in 2009, Iina began earnestly on his artistic work as a director and writer. His realistic sense of portraying what is happing in the present gives him a unique perspective on dance, and his point of view as a filmmaker makes him the best choice as director/writer/film director for this DANCE×MUSIC×MOVIE! creation..

Fuei Nishimatsu, headmaster of Nishimatsu School of Japanese Traditional Music will be in charge of the MUSIC for this piece. Her shamisen work is not limited to the traditional music scene; she also collaborates with Butoh dancers and contemporary poets. She has set avant-garde poet Katsue Kitazono’s poems to music, and she is also singer-songwriter herself. She is an evangelist of culture and life from the Edo period, singing Edo girls’ love songs in her own style of Kouta and Hauta, bringing the spirit to the present day.

Dance is by Misako Terada who has an excellent reputation for her technique and originality in movement. She is a choreographer/dancer who has opened up a new era in the Japanese contemporary dance scene. Her dance will certainly charm you with its beauty, and sting you so you will never forget.

This best combination of the three artists will open a new page in the history of performance art.


We chose temples that have the atmosphere of “en kiri ” which means a temple you visit to get rid of an unwanted relationship.
Dance movie is projected on four huge Sho-ji (paper doors) on the stage, giving a dynamic movie effect for the performance. Imaginative film, Edo songs and the sound of the shamisen, and dance, surrounded by burning red autumn leaves in an eerie temple (Eiun-in in the ancient capital of Kyoto, and historical Ikegami Jisso-ji in Tokyo) will bring you through a labyrinth of entertainment impossible to experience in a theater.

FEB 2011
Creation | Eiunin (Kyoto)

25 MAR 2011
Studio Performance | Hatsunekan Stduio (Kyoto)

18-19 NOV 2011
Performance Premiered at EiUnIn (Kyoto)

10-11 DEC 2011
Performance | Ikegami JiSsoJi (Tokyo)

19-20 OCT 2013
Performance | MyoKoJi (Niigata)

2-3 NOV 2013
Performance | SenGuIn (Hirosaki)