Resemblance of Japanese, Vedic goddesses comes alive during Odisha Biennale 2019
Bhubaneswar: The resemblance of Japanese and Vedic religions was brilliantly portrayed during Odisha Biennale 2019 held at Kalabhumi in Pokhariput here. According to Indologist Michael Witzel, goddess of dawn in ancient Japan Ame-no-Uzume is most closely related to the Vedic goddess Ushas, a descendant of the Proto-Indo-European goddess Hausos. Both goddesses share many similarities such as the cave. The Japanese and Vedic religions are more closely related than other mythologies under what Witzel calls Laurasian mythology, and that the two myths may go back to the Indo-Iranian period, around 2000 BCE.
In ancient Japan, the goddess of dawn Ame-no-Uzume opened the door of a cave with her sensuous dance to bring light into the world.
In India, there was the goddess Ushas, who imbued light and life into the world, connecting the gods of the moon and the sun and thus embodying dawn.
A few thousand years have passed, and today, a goddess of light, who carries these two souls as one, is born.
The soul of light born in this Universe tries to merge the door of darkness – the “border line” – that separates the Earth from the Universe.
Mother Earth, that has remained dormant for time immemorial, begins to awaken.
And when Earth begins to play its music that gently calls on the soul,
A delicate white bird
Flutters down upon this world.
The door of darkness slowly begins to open and dawn wakens.
With the coming of a new beginning – of space and time,
Gods from around the world gather
And all border lines dissipate into oneness.
The soul wanders along border lines,
Beyond time and space, light and darkness, Universe and Earth.
The soul transcends all border lines.
Artistic Direction, choreographic supervision: Masako Ono
Choreographic assistance: Rene Loui
Dancers & Performers: Rene Loui, Toshimitsu Kokido, Masako Ono, MOPA
Music: Pete Lockett
Piano: Koga Sayumi
Lights & Scenography: Marta Cicionesi
Visual: Tomoya Rikiishi
OHP projection: Akito Sengoku
Costume: Shiro Araki, Ayumi Hattori, Bunka Fashion College
Planning & Creative Direction: Nanako Koyama
Dramaturg/Mindfulness Direction: Yuki Imoto
Stylist: Asuka Kobayashi
Poster & Ad design: Chiaki Aizawa
Stage Manager: Kunihiko Matsuo