Masanori Matsuda


Ballo in the gravity


Tokyo university of the Arts, Toride-shi, Ibaragi, May, 2005

The twelve chests in the recycling centre,


I kept moving these abandoned chests for a while, leaving traces of their shapes, the time and date in the floor.


Long ago, Ballo, the precursor to ballet,

Consisted of nobles tracing geometric shapes as they walked along the palace floors overlooked from a balcony by their king.


Like a possessed house

These chests that have accumulated artifacts of many civilizations over time

Start to dance Ballo,

Like people who have drawn borders, wielded things,

Continued to record.

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