ACCLAIMED CHOREOGRAPHER YOSHIKO CHUMA
DEBUTS NEW WORK AUGUST 25-28 AT P.S. 122
as part of THE HOWL! FESTIVAL 2005

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YOSHIKO CHUMA & THE SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS (SOHK) returns to Performance Space 122 with a special program for the HOWL! Festival of East Village Arts.

Following a company residency in Beacon, New York, Ms. Chuma returns to New York City to present the premiere of a new work entitled Inside/Outside. The new work is a continuation of Chuma's 7x7x7 traveling series which was originally commissioned by Daghdha Dance Company in Limerick, Ireland. Chuma served as Artistic Director of the Daghdha Dance Company from 2000-2003.

In Inside/Outside Chuma uses her three-dimensional cubes as canvases and compacted and discrete stages. The works unfold inside and outside of these confined spaces. Inside/Outside has a prologue, epilogue and four episodes. Each episode focuses the audience's attention specifically on one framed 7 foot x 7 foot x 7 foot cube. The cubes are both moving sculptures and "magic boxes," which can be transparent or opaque. Black and white silent film images are projected onto the cubes and into the space, creating a black and white 1950's atmosphere. Four trombone players, four dancers and a singer slide and collide, and move through the light and shadow inside and outside the cubes. The stage is flooded with video projections inspired by the abstract expressionist style of Teiji Kinugasa's 1927 classic silent film, A PAGE OF MADNESS. The performers and projected images inhabit the moving picture frames, living out personal and historical mies. The overall effect is hypnotic, powerful and richly sensual.

Inside/Outside was conceived and Directed by Yoshiko Chuma and choreographed in collaboration with the performers: Donald Fleming, Irving Gregory, Motoko Ikeda, Anthony Phillips and Ksenia Vidyaykina (singer). It is performed to music composed and performed by Christopher McIntyre for the Trombone Band.

In addition to the premiere of Inside/Outside, Ms. Chuma has curated a choreographic showcase called 8 BRAND NEW SHORT DANCES, commissioned by the HOWL! Festival.

For 8 BRAND NEW SHORT DANCES Ms. Chuma "selected" the choreographers in a unique chain letter style in which one artist suggested the next artist, and so on. The result of this conceptual curatorial experiment is 8 new works, by independent emerging talents in the downtown NY dance scene including Chris Yon, Jonah Bokaer, Malinda Allen, Ursula Eagly, Rebecca Davis, Bethany Wright and Christopher Williams, who debuted at P.S. 122 in May with the critically-acclaimed URSULA AND THE 11,000 VIRGINS.

Inside/Outside and 8 BRAND NEW SHORT DANCES will perform in repertory. Each evening will feature two short works by emerging choreographers followed by a full performance of Inside/Outside.

8 BRAND NEW SHORT DANCES performs on the following schedule:

August 25: Chris Yon, Ursula Eagly
August 26: Jonah Bokaer, Rebecca Davis
August 27: Malinda Allen, Bethany Wright
August 28: Christopher Williams, Yoshiko Chuma

HOWL! DANCE will perform on the following schedule at P.S. 122 (150 First Avenue @ E. 9th Street): Thursday, August 25 - Saturday, August 27 at 8:00pm & Sunday, August 28 at 5:00pm. Tickets are $15.00 and may be purchased by phoning the P.S. 122 Box Office @ 212-477-5288 or online at www.ps122.org.

ABOUT THE SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS:

The School of Hard Knocks is a New York-based collective of performing artists 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 over 50 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." 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.

ABOUT YOSHIKO CHUMA:

Yoshiko Chuma (Conception/Choreography/Direction) a native of Japan, moved to the United States in 1976. She has created more than 50 full-length performance works for both theatres and site-specific venues for her company and as commissioned works throughout the world. Chuma is the recipient of several fellowships and awards for choreography and career work from John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, NEA, New York Foundation for Artists, Japan Foundation, Meet the Composer Choreographer/Composer Commission and Philip Morris New Works. Chuma has led workshops and master classes and been commissioned to create new work in East and West Europe, Asia, Russia and the U.S. She received a 1984 BESSIE award for choreography, and two more Bessies were awarded to her productions in 1992 and 1998. Chuma was Artistic Director of the Daghdha Dance Company in Limerick, Ireland from 2000-2003. A selection of her recent works include: 7x7x7x7x7 (River to River: Art on the Beach Revisited; 2005), 7 X 7 X 7 SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS HITS MANHATTAN (Central Park SummerStage, HOWL/P.S. 122; 2004); 7 x 7 x 7 Japan (2004), Duo with Robert Black (2004) YELLOW ROOM (2003), Tunnel (2002); Agitprops: The Recycling Project (2002); 10,000 Steps (2002-03); PI=3.14 (2002), Solos with a Phonograph (2001), In-Gear (2001), Reverse Psychology (2000-2), Footprints of War (1999-00), The Living Room Project (1996- ), Unfinished Symphony (1998), Crash Orchestra (1995), Three Stories (1995), and Jo Ha Kyu (1993).

ABOUT PERFORMANCE SPACE 122:

Performance Space 122 is a not-for-profit arts center serving the New York City dance and performance community. P.S.122 has become a major contributor to the cultural life of NYC and has achieved national and international recognition as one of this country's most important and innovative alternative presenting organizations.

Contact/Info:

AndyHorwitz
andy@ps122.org
212-477-5829 ext. 309

Bonnie Sue Stein
GOHPROD@aol.com
212 777 3891

HOWL! Festival of East Village Arts 2005
http://www.howlfestival.com

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