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MT + Dead End Series w/ Kensaku Shinohara + Yoshiko Chuma

Sat, November 19, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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An event every 1 day(s) that begins at 2016-11-19 07:00 pm and lasts 0 day(s) and 2 hour(s), the last of which will begin on 2016-11-19 10:00
| $10 - $13
MT & Dead end
photo: La Mama Archive (above) Satoshi Tsuchiyama (below)

MT  by Kensaku Shinohara, BkSD artist in residence

Dancers: Courtney Barth and Nola Sporn Smith


π=3.14… continues “Dead End, Falling” by Yoshiko Chuma/school of hard knocks

Featuring; Simon Courchel, Timothy Buckley, Tim Clifford, Jason Hwang, Adham Van Den Ommak and Megumi Eda

Saturday, November 19th @ 8pm

Sunday, November 20th @ 7pm

$10 – Advance (tickets on sale Sep. 1) / $13 – Door

MT uses the Japanese form “Hitofudegaki” which means drawing without lifting the pen from the paper. It is a game used by all ages in Japan. In this system the person drawing is able to create a complex geometric shape without tracing over the same line twice. In the dance, the Hitofudegaki design becomes the floor pattern for the dancers. The movement is minimalist and consists of walking, turning, running and jumping. I chose these visually simple element in order to support and maintain focus on the floor pattern. Sonically the dancers’ foot steps create a complex musical score.

Yoshiko Chuma continues a life time obsession with mythology of danger in her work … assembling a mosaic of images and interview as if framing a theatre with barbed wire. She intentionally confused documentation with history, recreating steep segments from her own documented events in Ramallah , Kabul , Fukushima , New York and Berlin .

Dead End , Don’t Let Me fall” is the latest in a series of multimedia performance “π=3.14…, “which was started in 2007 as a work perpetually in progress. It is set structure under the concept “the invisible rehearsal ” . The series has been concerned with borders, displacement and the violence . Endless peripheral border makes the notice ” We are not so different from one other “

Born in Sapporo, Japan, Kensaku Shinohara started dancing and creating his own work while studying anthropology at International Christian University in Tokyo in 2004. After dancing and touring nationall and internationally with companies such as Nomade-s, Ginderman, and with his own company Team PUnchinello, he moved to NYC in 2009 to further his creative work. Trained in modern and contemporary dance techniques as well as improvisation, Shinohara has collaborated with artists such as Jennifer Muller, Tiffany Mills, Daria Fain, Darcy Naganuma, Philippa Kaye, Giada Ferrone, Lynn Neuman and others.

He has also presented his amtbitious dances for New Museum presents Dance for DNA, Movement Research at Judson Church, Hatch/Hatched Series, PMT Dance Festival, Evolve Dance Festival, WestFest, Queens Fringe Festival, Collaborations in Dance Festival, Fertile Ground/Take Root Series at Green Space, WAX Series, and more.

YOSHIKO CHUMA (artistic director & choreographer of The School of Hard Knocks, USA and of Daghdha Dance Company, Ireland) was born in Osaka, Japan and has lived in the United States since 1978. Chuma has created more than 45 full-length company works, commissions and site-specific events for venues across the world, constantly challenging the notion of performing for both audience and participant. Her work has been presented in New York in venues ranging from the Joyce Theater to the legendary annual Halloween Parade; and abroad in such locations as the former National Theater of Sarajevo, the perimeter of the Hong Kong harbor and at an ancient ruin in Macedonia. Yoshiko Chuma is the recipient of several fellowships and awards, including those from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Japan Foundation, Meet the Composer Choreographer/Composer Commission and Philip Morris New Works. She received a New York Dance & Performance Award (“Bessie”) in 1984 and has led workshops and master classes throughout Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, Russia and the U.S.



Sat, November 19, 2016
$10 - $13
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