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FOLLOWING PROJECT IS STILL EVOLVING
AND IS BEING PRESENTED IN VARIOUS FORMS, IN VARIOUS VENUES.
We are presenting
the new work this week at la mama.
May 9-12, 2012
School of Hard Knocks PRESENTS
installation with performances
7 – 10, 2011
segments from 6
Seconds in Ramallah
and Direction: Yoshiko
Chuma, Saori Tsukada & Sophia Harb
York, NY 10002
– Saturday, December 7-10; 1-6pm
Reception on December 7 from 6-7pm
– Saturday, December 7-10; 7-9pm
SEATING. Reservations recommended.
Seconds in Ramallah,
a collaboration between Yoshiko
members of the El-Funoun Dance Troupe (Palestine), premiered in
April 2011 at the Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival with additional
engagements in Jordan and Lebanon. The project continues Chuma’s
lifetime fascination with cross-cultural dialogue. Chuma first came
to the Middle East in 2008 to work with artists and of various socioeconomic
backgrounds and geographic origins from Jordan. This led to
the fortuitous meeting of Chuma with members of El-Funoun, which
developed into a three-year project started last spring. Robert
simultaneously alongside Chuma interacting with the members of the
El-Funoun Dance Troupe to generate a body of photographs.
with longtime collaborator Saori
will share segments from 6
Seconds in Ramallah that
address, in abstract terms, the notion of dislocation in general.
Using the notion of Palestine as a mirror to the devastation
in Japan, Chuma explores the challenge in maintaining identity separate
from one’s homeland in the face of cultural or psychological alienation.