RASPOSO BOOK

RASPOSO

First published in July 21st 2010

148×210mm 80P First published 500 copies
¥3,600- (tax included)
by:ZOTPHOTO

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PARIS:la chambre claire
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JAPANESE ENGLISH

It is a circus company in France that consists of 21 members
revolving around the family of Fanny, Joseph, and their three children.
It is RASPOSO.

They live and create together as a family traveling from a town to a town.
It is RASPOSO.

When the flying trapeze swings high
About 400 people in the tent bring themselves with a
sense of tremendous exaltation to the fact
That children, a sassy young man, a gentleman with gray hair,
and Maman have happened to be in the same space
at the same time a number of times as is now and have inherited
the lives for a thousand years.

Tonight again, a spectacle named “family” will be born in the tent.
It is RASPOSO.

In France since 1970's, there have been hundreds of circus companies
under the movement called “Nouveau Cirque,” the circus style
which is more artistic and theatrical than the traditional circus
that has centered animal and acrobatic acts.
It was one of “Nouveau Cirque” companies,
“La Compagnie RASPOSO” that had stirred Ryo Ichii's mind
and made her confront with 'photography' once again.
She encountered with the company, introduced from her friend,
and she was immediately attracted to their original sense of creativity.
In Spring of 2008, she accompanied RASPOSO on their tour
and she kept releasing the shutter as she lived with the company
under the same roof for three months.

RASPOSO is managed by Fanny, Mother, Joseph, Father,
and their three children; therefore, their condensed time
and space of living as a family and their creativity are indivisible.
The audience is so mature that they, old and young alike,
share their inspirations quite naturally even though
the performance is quite avant-garde.
These are the reasons that the 'culture that circus is part of life' emerges
beyond the lens, which is impossible to see in Japan,
and the photo session has come to be stimulative.

In Autumn of 2009, she visited the company again,
accompanied them on their new performance's tour traveling
to towns different from the previous one, and continued shooting.
At last, Ryo Ichii's “RASPOSO” got put together.

And she will continue keeping a record of their journey.

RYO ICHII

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