Performer / Choreographer: Denise Fujiwara
Director / Camera / Editor: William Yong
This short film arose out of meditations on the alchemy of the entwining issues of masks and anonymity. Noppera-bō is a faceless ghost, a fantastical creature that sows fear. Noppera-bō seems to have re-emerged in the wake of the pandemic; a time where masks and face coverings, whether worn for religious or health reasons, has become political, where anonymity protects faceless people who spread disinformation and hate through institutions and cyberspace, and fear and distrust are triggered by an unseen virus that can be carried by people who do not know they are contagious. Choreographer, Denise Fujiwara and director, William Yong worked intuitively, conjuring ideas into movement and startling imagery resulting in this haunting short dance film, Noppera-bō. Commissioned by Toronto dance presenter, Older & Reckless, it has won a One-Reeler Short Film Competition 2020 Award of Excellence in Los Angeles.