The Space In Back of You

The Space In Back of You

Suzushi Hanayagi, the innovative, even radical Japanese dancer and choreographer, informed the approach of  performing arts legend Robert Wilson and has been an enduring influence on his work. This film captures her mysterious power, while giving us a rare chance to experience Wilson’s  sensibility. The director, a former Wilson assistant,  examines the artistry of Suzushi in all its complexity, from  her ancient Japanese lineage in Kabuki  to  her transition to modern and post modern dance.  Ultimately, this is a story of the nature of collaboration, the story of loss (Hanayagi is now suffering from Alzheimer’s) and the story of renewal though Wilson’s tribute to their creative partnership. During their interview although her memory is compromised, she makes a telling remark:  “I’m dancing in my mind.”