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TODOME Da Fox - Noé Iwai

I am a multi-disciplinary artist and researcher based in the UK.

My practice explores performance art, painting, outdoor installation, mask and costume making which I combine with the method of poetry, movements, martial arts, sound art, storytelling, and mythology to create multimedia experiences.

My practice is a dialogue between politics, humanity, multiplicity, gender, queerness, and poetics. In recent practice, I mostly focus on and explore the otherness of the Japanese diaspora in the West through personal experience, as well as the simultaneous otherness and prejudice directed at returnees in Japan.


The experience of life in the West as a Japanese female is an integral part of my work. Within this, traditional gestures and cultural rituals of various countries mirror my multicultural heritage and upbringing, as well as my interpersonal and emotive narratives. These relationships centering on care and respect for family and friends in Japan and England are ongoing veins of research in my work, as a connection to the broader cultural past.

I also focus on the importance of notions of equality, inclusivity, and openness. I, therefore, emphasise the exclusive characteristics of Kabuki which is a Japanese traditional theatre performance strictly performed by males. For example, in my version of 'Fox Rain’ (2017), I questioned the exclusivity of Kabuki by creating a group performance referring to elements of Kabuki, but without sexual or racial boundaries. The choreography was also inspired by Butoh, a more modern (post-war) Japanese dance performance genre, to express each individual's grief and struggle.

Shinto and Buddhist interpretations, the sanctification and spiritualization of objects are also part of Japan's great culture, a country where yokai (monsters), ghosts, and incarnations have long been familiar to the public.

The desire to embody the fox and harness their capricious nature, has offered me a totemic methodology and vehicle to provoke people’s awareness towards socio-political issues, Whether the foxes are shallow or prudent, supportive or revengeful to humans, can never be answered— but their actions, remnants, and traces of spirituality leave people to wonder. And it is through this space of doubt that I hope to explore lost narratives and relations between nature and humans, as well as the way of thinking about nature, Without wishing to essentialize, my experience in the West has witnessed a manifestation of fear of nature that absolutizes the subject, while in Japan people tend to co-exist with nature and relativizes it. Hostility does not factor into this equation. 

I am therefore deeply interested in recreating the ‘foxes’ trickery’ (The Shapeshifter) by performing in the open air - most of my performances take place in nature with minimal additions of man-made objects. Restricted sites such as theatres, churches, or houses, are therefore avoided in my performance work.

Education

London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

- Semester Classical Acting, Sep 2021 - Dec 2021

Royal College of Art

- MRes Fine Arts & Humanities,  2019  - 2020 

Royal College of Art

- MA Contemporary Art Practice: Performance, 2017 - 2019  

Goldsmiths University of London

- BA FINE ART  2013 - 2017

Cambridge Centre for Sixth-form Studies

- A level: Fine Art, Design and Photography, 2011 - 2013

Licensed Victuallers School

- A level: Fine Art, Music and English, 2010-2011

Workshop & Artist Talk

Stilllive 2023: Stilllive Studies

-YAU STUDIO, Japan

15-minute performance by Noe Iwai

Crosstalk session with Yuki Kobayashi

23rd August 2023

Performance as a Poetry - Poetic gestures.

- Chelsea School of Art

Performance Art Workshop 

 10th March 2023

Work Experience

Film "Thieves" by Michelle Williams Gamaker 

- Choreography Director  & Casting

- Acting the role of Annamaytons 

2022 April - 

At the South London Gallery

RED  (play) - John Logan

 - Scenic Artist for the stage set

(Painted seven well-known Mark Rothko paintings (3m in size) for the theatre set.)

- Movement Director for the painting scene.

(Teaching actors how to paint the under layers of Mark Rothko’s painting using theatrical methods.)

July 2015 - September 2015

At the New National Theatre, Tokyo, Japan.

 

"Nocturne, Olibird with Nesting" by Ingela Ihrman

- Gasworks London

- Performed as a baby bird

2023 March

'Thieves'- by Michelle Williams Gamaker

- South London Gallery

- Performed as Annamaytons

2022 December - 

- ‘Instruction For the Sky’ by Eduardo Navaro

- Gasworks London

- Performed as a movement artist

15th Sept 2021

- ‘CUSP’ by Isobel Adderley

- UK YOUNG ARTISTS CITY TAKE OVER: NOTTINGHAM

- Performed as a movement artist

8th-9th Feb 2019

- ‘On the importance of Insects’ by Hattie Godfrey

- New Shoreditch Theater 

- Performed as a movement artist

2018

- ‘QWAKE’ by Isobel Adderley

- Dungeness sound mirrors

2017

- ‘CUSP’ by Isobel Adderley

- Goldsmiths College London

2016

Exhibitions and Performances

- Stilllive 2023: Stilllive Studies "Performance Showing"

- YAU STUDIO, Japan

Presented work - An hour of durational performance

26th August 2023

- Water Children Performance for the Mizuko Jizo by Todome da Fox (Noe Iwai)

- Crossbones Graveyard,

Union St,  London

Presented work - Playing Alone with a Fox Inside a Cocoon: 繭の中で狐と二人ごっこ

27th May 2023

-What Do We Know Anyway?

- Bloc Project
71 Eyre Lane, Sheffield
10th July - 17th July 2021

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-Make It Public

-Design Museum online link

Jonathan Ashley-smith and Diane Ashley smith in conversation with Noe Iwai - LINK

11th of July 2020

-DIG

-San Mei Gallery online link

Presented work - Human Play A-Loan Game

Performed from at home in Portobello, London

13th - 27th of May 2020

-Work in Progress Show (WIP)

-Dyson Gallery

Presented work - Bug Loves MoーNey: 金食い虫

At the Royal College of Art, London

31 January - 2nd of February 2020

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-DisOrder LIVE ART FESTIVAL

-Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Presented work - Fox Says: 狐言葉

Lichfield St, WV1 1DU

5.6.7th of July 2019

-SHOW 2019

-Royal College of Art

Presented work - Fox Says: 狐言葉

1 Hester Rd, SW11 4AN

28th of June - 7th of July  2019

-ENCOUNTER

- Ustinov College

Presented work - Cocoon 冬季繭 II

Sheraton Park, Durham, DH1 4FL

2nd March 2019

-Stage of Life

Presented work - Fox Says: 狐言葉

171 Uxbridge Road, HA5 4EA,

Harrow, UK

27th February 2019

-DisORDER Presents Disorders

- Studio 9294

Presented work - Fox Says: 狐言葉

92-94 Wallis Road, E9 5LN, London

27th February 2019

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-INTERESTED? INTERESTED? INTERESTED?

At Grow Tottenham

Ashley House, Ashley Rd, London

'Word or no words? A wine bottle or a bottle? Notes or paper?'

OCTOBER 2018

- ANOTHER FIVE MINUTES OF YOUR TIME

At The Doodle bar

JUNE 2018

- Revolve  Performance Art Days

At Uppsala, Sweden

Presented work - 春季繭

MAY 2018

- Live pt 1 

At the Royal College of Art, London

APRIL 2018

 - CAP Baret

At the Royal College of Art, London

Presented work - ‘The Sound of Wind Chimes

MARCH 2018

- ‘Rumble to the Core Mexico Fundraiser’

At the Deptford Cinema,

London, United Kingdom

FEBRUARY 2018

- Work in Progress Show (WIP)

At the Royal College of Art, London

‘Beyond the Curve is Cold’

JANUARY 2018

 

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- Degree Show

At the Goldsmiths College, London

‘Fox Rain - 狐雨’

JULY 2017

 

 - ‘Inhabit’

 At the 137 – 139 Copeland Road, London

MARCH 2017

 

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- ‘On the Threshold ll.’

At the Oriental Museum in Durham, Supported by Durham University,

The Oriental Museum, and Ustinov College, United Kingdom.

JANUARY 2016

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