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Contents, June 2006:
(2) UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS FOR "A PAGE OUT OF ORDER OVERLAND"
US Premiere at DTW
Collaborators of "A PAGE OUT OF ORDER OVERLAND"
During its recent residency at Bard Fisher Center for the Performing Arts in Upstate NY, the company performed "A Page Out of Order/Tivoli" on June 4 at Milagro's, a converted church, in the historic village of Tivoli. The production was presented by The Tivoli Project, a partnership of Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center and Tivoli Business and Professional Association.
"A Page Out of Order Overland" is based on the history of several lands and landscapes, from the Balkan region to Asia, where war has torn apart families and divided lives. The work emerges from a variety of shared and unfamiliar stories and artist-to-artist dialogues among dancers, musicians, stage designers and producers from the USA, Macedonia, Albania and Japan. The style of the performance is conceived in the form of a 1920 silent film and features a variety of new and archival films created and edited for the production. The 7-foot cubes are metaphors for enclosed spaces and frame urban and rural landscapes.
After its premiere at the Skopje Summer Festival, the performance will appear with various artists in Kumanovo, and Ohrid in Macedonia in July. In August, there will be further developments and performances in Osaka, Tokyo and Gimiyo, Japan. In January, 2007, the US premiere will be presented by Dance Theater Workshop in New York City, and will include performers from Macedonia, New York, Japan and Manipur, live and on film.
The project is a co-production between Yoshiko Chuma and The School of Hard Knocks (USA), GOH Productions (New York/USA), Beagle Inc. (Japan), and Lokomotiva- Centre for new Initiatives in Arts and Culture (Skopje/Macedonia), in partnership with Skopje Summer Festival, and in collaboration with Macedonian Opera and Ballet, Macedonian National Gallery -Cifte Amam and Macedonian Cinémathèque. Additional support is from The Trust for Mutual Understanding, USA Embassy/Macedonia, USA Embassy/Albania, the US Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, Japan Foundation's Performing Arts Japan Program, New York State Council on the Arts, the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College; The Saison Foundation, Commemorative Organization for the Japan World Exposition ('70), and Dance Theater Workshop.
"A PAGE OUT OF ORDER/TIRANA"
"A PAGE OUT OF ORDER OVERLAND"
"A PAGE OUT OF ORDER/JAPAN"
August 12: Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial, Matsudai, Niigata Prefecture
August 18: Osaka Black Chamber Theater, Opening of Culture Carnival 2006
August 20-22: Asahi Art Square, Tokyo
"A DANCE OUT OF ORDER"
January 16-20, 2007: Dance Theater Workshop, NYC with performers from Macedonia, New York, Japan and Manipur live and on film.
Nationalities are indicated
Multiple Screen Projection Concept
by Yoshiko Chuma.
"SUNDOWN" COMES TO GOWANUS CANAL, BROOKLYN: JULY 29 & 30, 2006
"Sundown" by Yoshiko Chuma and The School of Hard Knocks will be performed at Issue Project Room, Brooklyn.
7-Hour Site performance with 7 dancers, 7 musicians and 7-foot cubes designed by Ralph Lee
employs the scenic vistas of the Gowanus Canal.
Saturday, July 29 & Sunday, July 30 from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Issue Project Room, 400 Carroll Street (between Bond and Nevins), Brooklyn
Directions: F, G to Carroll Street (fourth stop in Brooklyn from Manhattan). Exit at front of train. Walk 2.5 blocks from stop down Carroll.
Tickets $15 general admission, $10 seniors/students. Reservations and further information: 718-330-0313.
"Sundown" builds on performance works that Chuma and company have been developing over the last few years, using 7-foot boxes framing a variety of locations around the world. Last summer, a precursor piece set on the Hudson River Esplanade, performed as part of "Art on the Beach Revisited," was deemed "quite beautiful" by Gia Kourlas in the New York Times.
By far, "Sundown" will be Chuma's most elaborate piece of this kind. It will take place in the indoor performance area, as well as outdoor sites around Issue Project, which offers several choice views of the sun, the sky and the Gowanus Canal. If it rains, the entire production will move into Issue Project's 1000 square-foot performance space, which occupies the second floor of a silo-style building overlooking the Canal.