ZERO ONE | Sept 2-19, 2015
In Yasuko Yokoshi’s newest project she is both choreographer and filmmaker. ZERO ONE investigates layers of duality and synchronicity, presenting the ephemerality of “performance” as metaphor for the transient nature of existence. Taken as a whole, ZERO ONE is a choreographic transposition of idioms that reflect upon dance as a kind of social and philosophical practice in body and in mind.
Merging two worlds - one live, the other on screen - ZERO ONE features Yokoshi‘s blend of Western contemporary and traditional Japanese choreography performed by identical twin sisters: Manami and Sawami Fukuoka. The twins embody “self” and “other,” a classic manifestation of duality. Manami has lived a life rooted in Japan and its traditional dance culture, while Sawami has lived her life mostly abroad in Europe studying contemporary Western dance forms. Projected behind them appear two iconoclastic Japanese artists: Hangman Takuzo, a performance artist who each day enacts a ritual of hanging himself, and Namiko Kawamura, executing the clear simplicity of meditative walking. Additionally Mika Kurosawa, the celebrated artist widely known as “the godmother of contemporary dance” in Japan, is featured, her presence binding together the disparate dualities of ZERO ONE.
During the MANCC residency, Yokoshi refined the essential structure of the work, merging various elements of both film and dance to balance technical and compositional clarity. To support this effort, she worked with Dean Moss, who served as a dramaturge, helping to translate and shape the story for American audiences. She collaborated with Ichiro Awazu to shape the music and video environment for the work and costume designer, Akiko Iwasaki. Dancers Manami and Sawami Fukuoka continued to develop their highly delicate and nuanced performances, including improvisational elements. Yokoshi offered a pre-showing of ZERO ONE to two School of Dance graduate classes, before holding a work-in-progress showing for the public near the end of the residency. Communications professor Dr. Malia Bruker and School of Dance faculty Gwen Welliver facilitated the post-showing discussion, allowing audience members to discuss their impressions of the work. Yokoshi also screened her film “Hangman Takuzo,” in front of a public audience at Tallahassee’s All Saints Cinema, followed by a post-film discussion.
ZERO ONE premiered Sept 24 - 26, 2015 at Danspace Project.
Collaborators in Residence: Manami and Sawami Fukuoka [Performers], Akiko Iwasaki [Costume Designer], Ichiro Awazu [Video Artist] and Dean Moss [Dramatuge].