Risako Ishikawa (Mixed Media)
Risako Ishikawa started classical ballet at the age of 5. She performed in many ballet performances and appeared in fashion shows as a ballet dancer. After graduating from Japan Women’s College of Physical Education, she worked as an assistant stage director for a stage production company that worked on classical ballet and opera productions.
In 2014, she began working as a performance artist. Since then, she has performed and choreographed for many art events, contemporary dance performances, musicals and movies. Additional work includes painting and designing fashion products.
Her search for an original way of expression led to the creation of a new performance style, dancing and painting with pointe shoes.
She performs by dropping acrylic paint on a canvas laid out on the floor. When dancing on it pointe shoes, beautiful colors spread under her feet. It liberates the soul and body. By the time the performance is complete, the big canvas will have been covered by the splattered paint and lines made by her body movements and pointe shoes. This type of performance captures the dancer’s breath and rhythm in colorful and dynamic lines and shapes. The arcs created by repetitive painting illustrate the length of the dancer’s arms and legs. This painting style allows her to express her joy of moving lively from pure curiosity and desire by exposing herself.
The painting is a visual trajectory of the dancer's body, energy and life. The trajectory of the audience is added through collaboration. Dance is like a dialogue of energy, audience and dancer exchange emotions and feelings in collaboration. The final painting captures the invisible dialogue of energies between the dancer and the audience.