Five Questions for Ryoji Sasamoto
Name: Ryoji Sasamoto
1. Where did you grow up and how did you end up where you are now?
I was born and grew up in Chiba Prefecture in Japan. Chiba Prefecture is located in the south of Tokyo. I moved to Yamanashi Prefecture to attend my high school and lived there for 3 years. After graduation, I came to New York, and I live in Brooklyn now.
2. Which performance, song, play, movie, painting or other work of art had the biggest influence on you and why?
I have been strongly influenced by my father. He is a sushi chef. I love his sushi and have been eating it since I was a kid. Even now, I eat his sushi whenever I go back to Japan. I still get a lot of strong impressions and discoveries through the taste. I think that it is not easy to impress people no matter what we do. When I started dancing, I have realized that he is a great performer. And I want to be such a performer like him.
3. What skill, talent or attribute do you most wish you had and why?
I would like to develop an ability of feeling the distance between the audience and myself on stage. I think there is a possibility that it becomes only self-satisfaction and it is dangerous for dancers. However, I think that I am capable of making conversations with the audience by it.
4. What do you do to make a living? Describe a normal day.
I belong to some dance companies. I make a living by performing and rehearsing with the companies. In the past, however, I occasionally could not earn enough to live in spite the fact that I was very busy. My parents supported me in that situation.
Right now, I cannot accept jobs in New York because I have a long-term commitment in Japan that is coming soon. I am looking for jobs that are short term or random projects.
5. Have you ever had to make a choice between work and art? What did you choose, why, and what was the outcome?
It hasn’t happened to me yet. However, I think that I will be in situations where I have to make choices in order to move forward. I have made choices for my dance jobs as a dancer. When I had the support from my parents, I have rejected a paid job with a dance company and chosen to dance in my favorite artist’s work. I think that this fact that I was able to choose what I wanted will be my big treasure in the future.