fluid hug hug: (glowing)

Kota Yamazaki

Friday, April 6, 2012

Bodies emerge, float, and then disappear into the shadows of a dimly lit architecture. In (glowing), Kota Yamazaki draws inspiration from the great modern writer Jun’ichirō Tanizaki’s (1886-1965) essay In’ei Raisan (In Praise of Shadows), which plumbs the unique Japanese aesthetics of shadows and darkness. In this subtle and powerful work for six dancers, with a set made following principles found in the traditional Japanese house, Yamazaki draws on his own deep background in butoh, a dance form developed in Japan after WWII that embraces darkness, and connects it with traditional African dance and contemporary movement to mine the inherent similarities between these forms. Dancers from Senegal and Ethiopia join Japanese butoh dancers and US contemporary performers to create a scenario in which lightless vision ignites the imagination, conjuring illusion and upturning the ordinary between the shadows.

Saturday, March 31, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM — Workshop

New York based butoh-trained choreographer Kota Yamazaki and two dancers from Africa, Shiferaw Tariku (Ethiopia) and Marie Agnes Gomis (Senegal) will offer a unique workshop focusing on the fundamentals of butoh, and the common threads found between butoh and African dance. Inspired by the creative process of his newest work (glowing), Yamazaki offers a special opportunity to explore these dance styles and to experience his creative process.

Max 15 people. **No dance experience necessary.

Please RSVP including a short bio and statement about why you would like to participate to Liz Slagus by EOD Wednesday, March 28.

Hélène Lesterlin
fluid hug hug: (glowing)
April 6, 2012, 8PM
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EMPAC 2011-2012 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA