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Contents, June 2006:

The School of Hard Knocks in residence Upstate NY at Bard College.

(1) Sneak-peek at "A PAGE OUT OF ORDER OVERLAND"

(2) UPCOMING ENGAGEMENTS FOR "A PAGE OUT OF ORDER OVERLAND"
Albania
Macedonia
Japan
US Premiere at DTW
Collaborators of "A PAGE OUT OF ORDER OVERLAND"

(3) "SUNDOWN" COMES TO BROOKLYN: JULY 29 & 30, 2006

 

 

Workshop in Tivoli offered a sneak-peek at "A Page Out of Order Overland"

Saori Tsukada in Tivoli Workshop.

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.

This production builds on works that Chuma and company have been developing over the last few years, using 7-foot boxes by Ralph Lee.

"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.

Trombinists Peter Zummo, Richard Marriott and Christopher McIntyre in Tivoli Workshop.

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.

 

Upcoming engagements for "A Page Out of Order Overland"

ALBANIA

"A PAGE OUT OF ORDER/TIRANA"
June 19: National Theater of Albania, Tirana
June 20: Aleksander Moisiu Theatre, Durres, Albania

MACEDONIA

"A PAGE OUT OF ORDER OVERLAND"
June 27: Tetovo, Macedonia (workshop)
July 7: Skopje Summer Festival, Macedonia (premiere)
July 11: Kumanovo, Macedonia
July 15: Ohrid, Macedonia

JAPAN

"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

 

US PREMIERE

"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.

 

Collaborators of "A Page Out of Order Overland"

Nationalities are indicated by abbreviations:
Macedonia (MK), Albania (AL), Japan (JP), United States (USA):

Multiple Screen Projection Concept by Yoshiko Chuma.
Dancers: Yoshiko Chuma (USA/JP), Ursula Eagly (USA), Ana Josifovska (MK), Kire Miladinoski (MK), Iskra Sukarova (MK), Saori Tsukada (USA/Japan), Christopher Williams (USA). Gjergy Prevazi’s Albanian Dance and Theater Company (AL): Fatjon Sulstarova (AL), Elton Cefa (AL), Lindita Shllaku (AL).
First assistant director: Christopher Williams (USA).
Vocalist: Sizzle Ohtaka, Benshi (Japan).
Musicians: Project Zlust (MK), Hannya Teikoku (JP) .
Dramaturg: Kyoko Hirano (USA/JP).
Movement Coach: Mitsuru Tamazuka (JP)
Sound Design: Jacob Burckhardt (USA).
Costume Design: Gabriel Berry, (USA).
Media Editors: Chris Altman (USA), Hiroki Ohishi (JP).
Cube Design: Ralph Lee (USA).
Archival and new media footage are used with permission from the filmmakers: Milcho Manchevski, Jacob Burckhardt, Rudy Burckhardt, Yoshiko Chuma, plus archival films from Macedonia Cinématique and new footage.
Producers: Bonnie Sue Stein (USA), Biljana Tanurovska (MK).

"SUNDOWN" COMES TO GOWANUS CANAL, BROOKLYN: JULY 29 & 30, 2006

Gowanus Canal, Brooklyn

"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

Issue Project Room--garden and grounds

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.

School of Hard Knocks in Japan

"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.

 

Yoshiko Chuma and The School of Hard Knocks www.yoshikochuma.org
Managing Director: Bonnie Stein, (212) 777-3891.
Press Representative: Jonathan Slaff, (212) 924-0496.