MEET LA MUZAS: Yuhee Yang and Yuki Sukezane
Yuki, from Japan, and Yuhee, from Korea, met while taking dance classes in NYC. They became this elegant and effortless duet of catwalks, performances and creative projects. What makes the originality of Muza is its link between art and fashion throughout all mediums. Especially performance since it reveals a woman’s personality and movement… And therefore her style. From dancing in Agent Provocateur’s campaign to joining the company Les Ballet Afrik, our #Muzas excel until pushing themselves to the ultimate incarnation of attitude and style: vogueing and walking vogue balls.
Who is your current Muse?
Yuhee: Bruce Lee
You are a creative duet and book a lot of jobs together. How do you help each other progress and learn?
Yuki: We share a lot. Stories, ideas, and happy times but we share sad things too :) )
Yuhee: Just like Yuki said, we share a lot of life experiences. It helps us understand each other which helps us create together.
What is your favorite part about being a performer?
Yuki: I can be who I am without thinking. Because as a human I tend to sometimes overthink, dance helps me to stop thinking so much. We can communicate with each other without talking, I love that part of it.
Yuhee: I can show what I want. I can be who I want to be. I can share the stories that I want to share with people.
As a dancer in NYC, what has been your biggest accomplishment?
Yuki: YUKIYUHEE projects. And becoming a member of Les Ballet Afrik dance company.
Yuhee: YUKIYUHEE Projects (creating something from nothing), and Les Ballet Afrik Company shows.
...Your biggest challenge?
Yuki: One of my biggest challenges in New York City was immersing myself in the ballroom scene. In 2017, I started walking balls (vogue battles) and to this date, I have walked numerous balls. The ballroom scene was born in Harlem, NY, within the African-American and Latin American LGBTQ+ communities. As a cis-gendered Japanese woman, I am a visitor in this community and must respect it as such. When participating in a ball, it is very important to know and understand the history of vogueing. Overall, I’m in love with the energy of this scene, it makes me feel alive!
Yuhee: Building a career in the USA without an artist visa is difficult because the industry is taking advantage of dancers and artists.
Can you describe how you feel when you are vogueing?
Yuki: I am expressing myself. Of course it needs technique and foundations but besides that vogueing is not about being perfect. So you can create a lot of shapes and movements on your own, it is like a free space where I can express myself and only to myself.
Yuhee: I feel free because I can express anything I want by vogueing. And vogueing makes me become fearless. It helps me realize that I don’t have to try so hard to be beautiful because vogueing is all about this: “you are beautiful the way you are”.
What has been most inspiring to you about Casa Muza?
Yuki: I loved the chosen combination of colors for the outfits, it was so unique and beautiful! And I love the creative ideas of artistic images such as using fabrics and mirrors when we had the shooting!
Yuhee: I love the way Casa Muza creates their fashion style by collaborating with amazing, different types of artists and lifestyles.