2021 Teaser video of Border Line in TOKYO (English)

Border Line



Born and raised in Tokyo, Masako Ono is a dancer based in India. She performs all over the world.

The Sun Temple, a World Heritage Site dedicated to the Hindi sun god, Surya, is located in the East Indian State of Odisha, where Masako lives. It is a land that has long been known for its temples and sculptures. Odissi dance, danced here since ancient times, is characterized by beautiful and powerful movements. It is said that it was once danced in dedication to Surya and other gods.

In ancient Japan, when the sun god Amaterasu was hidden in Amanoiwato and the world was closed to darkness, It was the dance of Ame-no-Uzume that brought light to the people again.
This story, which is said to be the beginning of Kagura, teaches us the essential power of "dance."
On the other hand, India also has a goddess who brings light to the world, which is similar to Ame-no-Uzume. Ushas, the goddess of dawn, symbolizes the light of dawn and the star of dawn.
Masako Ono, has lived half her live in Japan and halfin India, Inspired by the myths of the goddesses of Japan and India, she blends myths and traditions with modern technology.
She pursues a new physical expression with other contemporary artists.

This is the "Border Line".

There are various "border lines" in the world. The boundary with others. Racial and national boundaries. The line between good and evil. Various sufferings, sorrows, conflicts, and darkness are born on them.
Accepting the existence of boundaries created and trapped by humans themselves, It is now necessary to go beyond them. And dance has the power to cross various boundaries and bring light to people.
Inspired by the gods of light and dance around the world, including Japan and India.
"Border Line" is an expression of peace born from the land of Tokyo. A new modern myth is about to be introduced to the world.

Border Line


The creation of "Border Line" will be centered on the following four key themes.


There are many Border Lines in the world, including nationality, race, religion, age, gender, disability, and wealth. I think that "light" is an entity that transcends all such boundaries and gives hope to people. Ame-no-Uzume and Ushas are, the goddesses of dance that guide the light. Inspired by the background of the birth of these goddesses of Japan and India, "Border Line" creates a "concept that illuminates the world."

Keywords: HikariAme no UzumeUshas


In Odissi dance, not only the "movement" of the whole body but also the expression by the movement of "eyes" and "hands" according to the "sound" is important, and the dancer is required to sharpen the "five senses". The body and sensations vary from person to person. Utilizing each individuality and talent, we will stimulate each other's senses, learn from each other, and explore new ways of thinking and movements.

Keywords: motionsoundvision


As technology develops, it is reaffirmed that the "spirit" is deeply linked to our existence, such as the attention paid to mindfulness thinking. Myths and beliefs are expressed as tangible things by looking at the way a person's heart should be. While exploring and absorbing the spirit of India and Japan, we will seek new ways of expression.

Keywords: naturalmythologicalbeliefs


"Traditional culture" and "traditional crafts" that have been passed down from ancient times have been studied around the world. Cutting-edge "technology" not only makes people's lives more convenient and richer but also enables new ways of expressing art. By fusing such ancient and modern cultures and technologies we will create new stage expressions.

Keywords: traditionalcutting-edge technologyfashion

Border Line



Far beyond the universe, a new goddess is about to be born.

Open Iwato, which is tightly closed by the power of Mai
Japanese Ame-no-Uzume that brought light to people again.
Ushas of India connects the sun and the moon and brings dawn to people.

The newborn goddess had two souls, Japan and India.
The goddess was drawn to the earth to be guided,
She flies around, trailing the tail of light, and the gods of light around the world respond to it.
At the moment when the souls resonate inside and outside the earth, all "boundaries" disappear.
And a new goddess is born on the earth.
The goddess of dawn connects light and darkness.

A new light brings a new era.
The twinkling light makes a noise, and it falls as thunderous applause.
The hymns of the gods celebrating the dawn of a new era echo.


Masako Ono


Masako Ono

Indian Government Official Solo Odissi Dancer

Born in Tokyo, Masako now lives in Odisha, East India.
Since she was a child, she studied modern dance, and she studied Odyssey dance after graduating from the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, so she is a dance school "Nuritti" in Bangalore, India, which produces world-class Indian dancers. She studied abroad at "Agram" and made her solo debut in 2001 after she mastered Odyssey Dance, and worked as a dancer for Nuritiagram. Since then, she has performed in many parts of the world, including India, Japan, other Asian countries, the United States, France, Sweden, and Peru.
In 2007, she was certified as an Indian Government Certified Odyssey Dancer. She was featured on NHK BS1's "First Japanese" and she was selected as one of the "100 Japanese People Respected by the World".

She is active in genreless dance such as contemporary dance and creative dance as well as Odissi classics.
She also actively collaborates with artists of other genres. In 2009 she founded the "MUDRA foundation" to foster young Indian and Japanese artists and promote the culture of Odisha. She has invited up-and-coming artists from India and abroad "Odisha Biennale" festival, which she founded and is sponsored by the foundation.
In May 2019, she performed an Odyssey dance at the National Theater of Japan. She pursues her unique expression as a dancer, attracting attention from all over the world.


Odissi Dance and Odisha

Climate of Odisha

Located in eastern India, Odisha is known for its magnificent temples and sculptures, including the World Heritage Site of the Sun Temple. The history of this area is long, and there is a reference to the ancient Indian epic "Mahabharata", one of the three epics of the ancient world, and 62 ethnic minorities still live in their language and culture.

There are metal processing techniques called "dhokla" that can be traced back to the Indus Valley Civilization more than 5,000 years ago, textiles such as "Ikat weave" that is the origin of Japanese "Kasuri", and delicate silver work. It is also a region rooted in highly artistic traditional crafts.
In addition to traditional culture and lifestyle, the state capital Bhubaneswar was selected as one of 100 "Smart Cities" by the Government of India in 2016. This program brings urban development that supports sustainable and highquality of life by utilizing advanced technologies.


Odissi Dance

Odissi dance is characterized by beautiful and powerful movements. Danced only for the gods in Hindu temples, it was not be seen by the public until the 20th century, and was said to not exist. Even after the rituals in the temple were banned by the rule of the Mughal Empire, the Islamic dynasty, the tradition of dancing was inherited, and it was recognized as an art by the four gurus (leaders) who appeared in the first half of the 20th century. The phantom shrine maiden dance appeared as an Odissi dance.


Odisha Crafts

Odisha dance costumes are made by hand in Odisha.
The dancers, dressed in vibrant costumes made from sari woven by craftsmen and delicate silverwork ornaments, give a mysterious impression as if the temple sculpture had begun to move with graceful dance and music.



Japan performance Tokyo

Summer 2021 Tokyo Metropolitan Theater East
* Performance details and audition information will be released in sequence.


Border Line in India
December 2019 / Odisha, India