Welcome to our January, 2007 e-newsletter!

Dance Theater Workshop
presents
YOSHIKO CHUMA & THE SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS
in the world premiere of

"A Page Out of Order: M"
January 16 – 20, 2007

219 West 19th Street - New York, NY 10011-4079
Box Office
212-924-0077- BUY TICKETS

A performance collaboration linking
Lokomotiva-Centre for New Initiatives in Arts and Culture/Skopje,
Beagle Inc./Tokyo and The School of Hard Knocks/NYC.

"Her artistry is more like a tree; the trunk is sturdy, while upward branches tangle and curl, as willed by nature and Ms. Chuma's imagination." -- The New York Times

Dance Theater Workshop presents Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks in the world premiere of "A Page Our of Order: M." Known for her trans-continental collaborations, choreographer Yoshiko Chuma’s newest work stretches across the Balkans to Asia to unearth the physical and emotional hardships that haunt war-torn countries.

Ritualistically intense, "A Page Our of Order: M" draws on the shared histories and unfamiliar stories of artists living in Japan, Macedonian and the US. Fifteen musicians and dancers share the stage in an installation environment that acts as a metaphor for psychic space. Projected films, including a distillation of Milcho Manchevski’s 1994 Academy-Award nominated film Before the Rain, are layered over the performers’ choreographed chaos. Japanese voice-over sensation Sizzle Ohtaka narrates this non-linear diary in the ‘benshi’ style, evoking 1920s Japanese silent cinema.

Performances will take place at Dance Theater Workshop in the Bessie Schönberg Theater, January 16 – 20, 2007 (Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30pm). Tickets are $15 for artists, members, students, and seniors ($25 full ticket price) and are available at the Dance Theater Workshop box office, by calling 212-924-0077 or online at www.dtw.org. A Post-Performance Discussion moderated by Dance Theater Workshop Artist Director Carla Peterson will follow Wednesday evening’s performance. Dance Theater Workshop is located at 219 West 19th Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues.

Since 1999, "A Page Out of Order: M" has been brewing chapter-by-chapter, building up to its world premiere at Dance Theater Workshop. Each episode allows choreographer Yoshiko Chuma and her collaborators to further explore themes of isolation and conflict that are at the base of the project. Dancers, musicians, funders, presenters and administrators have supported the process, inventing individual episodes that both stand on their own and push the project forward, including the creation of film projections and country-specific material.

The School of Hard Knocks is a New York-based collective of performing, visual artists and designers working under the Artistic Direction of Yoshiko Chuma. Since the its premiere at the 1980 Venice Biennale, this award-winning company has created and performed original works in the United States, Asia, and Europe. The School of Hard Knocks takes its name from the American idiom meaning to learn things the hard way, on the proverbial "street", and was first used as the title of a performance at the 1980 Venice Bienale. More than 1,000 people have performed to wide critical acclaim under Chuma's direction in theatrical dance concerts, street performances, grand parades, large-scale spectacles and intimate living rooms.

Yoshiko Chuma is a native of Japan who came to the US in 1976 and has created more than 50 full-length performance works for theatres and site-specific venues with her company throughout the world. Chuma is the recipient of fellowships and awards for choreography and career work from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for Artists, Japan Foundation, Meet the Composer Choreographer/Composer Commissions, and Philip Morris New Works. She received a 1984 Bessie award for choreography, and four more Bessies were awarded to her company productions and artists between 1987 to 1998. She was Artistic Director of the Daghdha Dance Company in Limerick, Ireland from 2000-2003.

"A PAGE OUT OF ORDER: M"
Conceived, Choreographed, Multiple Screen Projection Concept: Yoshiko Chuma
Dramaturg: Kyoko Hirano 
Hanamichi Movement Coach: Mitsuru Tamatsuka
 
Film Distillation Sources:
Before the Rain (1995) by Milcho Manchevski
Default Averted (1975) by Rudy Burckhardt
Diary (2000-2006) by Jacob Burckhardt
 
Created in Collaboration with the Performers:
Sizzle Ohtaka, benshi
Yoshiko Chuma, Ursula Eagly, Iskra Sukarova, Saori Tsukada, Steven Reker, Ryuji Yamaguchi, Christopher Williams
 
A Page Out of Order Band:
Music Direction: Yoshiko Chuma, Richard Marriott,
Sound Effects Design: Jacob Burckhardt
Composers: Dzijan Emin + Project Zlust, Richard Marriott, Sizzle Ohtaka
Created in collaboration with the musicians:
Ivan Bejkov (bass), Gazmend Berisa (violin), Dzjian Emin (french horn), Richard Marriott (trombone),
Takinojo Mochizuki (ko-tsuzumi), Hiromu Motonaga (shakuhachi),
Sizzle Ohtaka (vocals), Yumiko Tanaka (futozao), Olivier Samouillan (viola)
 

Designers and staff:
Lighting/Installation Design: Pat Dignan
Costume Design: Gabriel Berry
Cube Design: Ralph Lee

First Assistant Director/ Lighting Design Associate: Rie Ono
Second Assistant Directors: Biljana Tanurovska, Ryuji Yamaguchi
Media Editor: Carrie Beehan
Sound Engineer: Stefano Zazzera

Executive Producer: Bonnie Sue Stein/GOH Productions/NY
Co-produced by School of Hard Knocks (USA),
Lokomotiva- Centre for New Initiatives in Arts and Culture (Macedonia),
and Beagle Inc. (Japan). 
 

Post-Show Talk: Carla Peterson
Wednesday, Jan 17
BUY TICKETS ONLINE
or Contact Dance Theater Workshop box office, 212-924-0077
 

"A Page Out of Order: M" was partially commissioned by the Creative Residency Program of Dance Theater Workshop with support from the Ford Foundation, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. MAJOR SUPPORT: The Trust for Mutual Understanding, Japan Foundation's Performing Arts Japan Program, Saison Foundation, and The New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Additionally supported in part by New York State Council on the Arts and Altria Group Inc.

The work was developed during residencies at Dance Theater Workshop, the Resident Artists Program 2006/07 of Mabou Mines/Suite, and at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College.

Special Thanks to ITO-EN (North America) Inc.

 


Yoshiko Chuma and The School of Hard Knocks- www.yoshikochuma.org
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