Visiting Artist | November 9 - 22, 2017
Darkness Odyssey Part 2: I or Hallucination
Japanese artist Kota Yamazaki comes to MANCC to develop Part 2 of his Darkness Odyssey trilogy, which explores the idea of the body as black hole, absorbing all that it encounters. Yamazaki will utilize the Japanese somatic practice of Noguchi Taiso as a process of absorbing and filtering the encounters of the body. Source material for the work comes from the writings of seminal French thinkers, Deleuze and Guattari, butoh artist Tatsumi Hijikata’s “dance of darkness,” and Japanese goze music.
Part 2: I or Hallucination will combine dance, philosophy, and folklore to portray our ever-changing internal landscapes and illuminate the fluidity of our identities. Japanese goze music, which are folk songs played on the Shamisen, a three-string Japanese banjo, will be a component of the work. Historically, women born blind in the Goze region were trained in this musical idiom, and it became known as the music of their hardships, spirit, and life.
Yamazaki will work with four performers with significantly different body types and movement practices to represent the unique perspectives of the goze musicians. While at MANCC, Yamazaki will experiment with a scenic design that covers the entire stage in silver material. Master lighting designer Thomas Dunn will develop a lighting plot that creates illusionary dark layers to represent the world of these blind women.
As a part of MANCC’s Embedded Writers Initiative, Yamazaki and his collaborators will be joined by Moriah Evans. This initiative, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is designed to support the re-imaging of dance writing conventions in order to better respond to and engage with a wider range of ever-evolving contemporary forms in dance and performance.
This residency is funded, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Darkness Odyssey Part 2: I or Hallucination will premiere at the Baryshnikov Arts Center on December 13-15, 2017