Eiko Otake Performs at Dance Place

This May, world-renowned Japanese performance artist Eiko Otake will perform two free outdoor performances at Washington, DC’s Dance Place.

About the Artist
Raised in Japan, and based in New York since 1976, Eiko Otake collaborated with Takashi         Otake as the duo known as Eiko & Koma for 40 years in performing their choreography worldwide. After studying with Kazuo Ohno and Tatsumi Hijikata in Japan and Manja Chimiel in Germany, Eiko & Koma created 46 interdisciplinary performance works, two career exhibitions, three living installations and numerous media works. Always performing their own choreography, the pair usually designed and handcrafted all aspects of their works including sets, costumes and sound. They presented their works in theaters, universities, museums, galleries, outdoor sites and festivals worldwide. Eiko & Koma also created three “living” gallery installations: Breath (1998) for the Whitney Museum, Naked (2010), for the Walker Art Center and The Caravan Project (2013) for MoMA. Their multi-faceted Retrospective Project (2009-2012) consisted of new and restaged works, exhibitions, media works and a monograph of their works, Eiko& Koma: Time is Not Even, Space is Not Empty published by the Walker Art Center. Eiko & Koma received Guggenheim Fellowships, the United States Artists Fellowship, MacArthur Fellowship, the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award and the Dance Magazine Award. She teaches an interdisciplinary course about the Atomic Bombings and Nuclear disasters at Wesleyan University and Colorado College.

About the Work
A Body in Places is Eiko Otake’s first solo project, the scale of which varies radically between locations and incorporates both performative and non-performative elements. Central to the project is a drive to explore non-traditional venues and to respond to the innate characteristics of each specific place. At the core of each variant is Eiko alone on a colorful futon, projecting and exploring solitude, gaze, fragility and intimacy.

In Eiko & Koma’s performances, two bodies represented drama even when the other was absent. A Body in Places does not offer such drama. Performing as a soloist, Eiko Otake willfully partners with the particularities of places and viewers. In October 2014, Eiko Otake launched A Body in Places project with the photo exhibition A Body in Fukushima and her performance A Body in a Station in 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. The durational performances began Eiko’s exploration of how the fragility of the body within public places mutually affects and is affected by the gaze of passers by.

WHAT: Eiko Otake

WHEN: Saturday, May 20 at 11am & 7pm

WHERE: Dance Place, 3225 8th Street NE, Washington, DC 20017; two blocks from Redline Brookland-CUA Metro station; free and convenient parking



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