π= 3.14.. NOTHINg (World Premiere): Yoshiko Chuma
June 4 – June 7, 2015
Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 4pm
Ellen Stewart Theatre | 66 East 4th Street (2nd Floor)
As part of the LA MAMA MOVES! 2015 DANCE FESTIVAL
π= 3.14.. NOTHINg, or EVERYTHINg – With dry tech endless peripheral border – Fukushima – Kabul – Amman – Ramallah – Berlin
BY YOSHIKO CHUMA & THE SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS
CONCEPTION AND DESIGN BY YOSHIKO CHUMA
π =3.14… NOTHINg , or EVERYTHINg is based on a true story which moves along without any direct incident. And, as it goes along, very little happens – all at once. Five cities in the world will connect, somehow: Fukushima, Kabul, Amman, Ramallah and Berlin. Choreography/music/design created in collaboration with Miriam Parker, Saori Tsukada, Nobuko Higushi, Ryuji Yamaguchi, Christopher McIntyre, Kit Fitzgerald, Nick Vaughan, Jake Margolin, Megumi Eda, Dane Terry, Jason Kao Hwang, Lillie DeArmon, Takashi Arai, Gabriel Berry, and Lance Gries.
For more than three decades now, Yoshiko Chuma has been building unique structures in the liminal area between her native Japanese culture and her adopted American one. Using trained and pedestrian movers, virtuoso instrumentalists (whose playing she often conducts), film, video, and sculptural forms by collaborating artists, she develops unusual time-based art works that blend the live and the recorded, the flat and the three-dimensional, people and things.
The School Of Hard Knocks, founded in 1984, is a collaborative effort of multidisciplinary artists working under the Artistic Direction of Yoshiko Chuma. Over the course of the company’s history, more than 2,000 people have performed under her direction in situations ranging from theatrical dance concerts to street performances, parades, and large-scale spectacles in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, especially the Middle East.
Photo Credit: Hugh Burckhardt (Used with permission)