Kota Yamazaki | Fluid hug hug: (glowing) | Fri. 04/06, 8 PM | EMPAC, Troy, NY
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Kota Yamazaki | Fluid hug hug: (glowing)
Friday, April 6, 2012, 8 PM
EMPAC TheaterTroy, NY
$18 general admission / $13 non-Rensselaer students, seniors, and Rensselaer faculty + staff / $6 Rensselaer studentsBodies emerge, float, and then disappear in a dimly lit architecture. In (glowing), Kota Yamazaki draws inspiration from the great modern writer Jun’ichirō Tanizaki’s In Praise of Shadows, which plumbs the unique Japanese aesthetics of shadows and darkness. In this subtle work for six dancers, Yamazaki brings together butoh, a dance form developed in Japan after WWII that embraces darkness, and traditional African dance, mining the inherent similarities and power of these forms.+ A work-in-progress clip from the performance: http://youtu.be/EpDkKwSG8qoEvelyn’s Café will open at 7 PM with a full menu of meals, snacks, and beverages as well as a selection of wines - service continues after the performance. Parking is available in the Rensselaer parking lot on College Avenue.
Additional event information can be found on the EMPAC website: http://empac.rpi.edu/. Questions? Call the EMPAC Box Office: 518.276.3921.Kota Yamazaki was born in Niigata and studied fashion design in Tokyo. He was first introduced to butoh through the teaching of Akira Kasai at the age of 18. He was a finalist in the Platform of Bognolet Competition in France, and then formed his Tokyo-based dance company, Rosy co., where he created original works in collaboration with various artists, including architect Toyo Ito, until 2001. Since 2002, Yamazaki has worked with New York-based Kota Yamazaki/Fluid hug-hug, and his work has been presented nationally and internationally at PICA’s TBA Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival, BAM Harvey Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, and NUS for the Arts in Singapore, among others. In 2007, Yamazaki received the New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”) with Germaine Acogny for the choreography of FAGAALA performed by Senegal-based dance company, Jant-Bi. Since 2009, he has been director of Body Arts Laboratory and organizer of the Whenever Wherever Festival in Tokyo. http://www.kotayamazaki.com/