Monday, June 22 at 7:00 pm
Tuesday, June 23 at 4:00 pm
Wednesday, June 24 at 7:00 pm
at Fulton Center

“Eiko’s dancing demanded a certain degree of patience from the viewer. Each deliberate movement carried the aura of a secret ritual. She had the uncanny knack of arranging her limbs in a way that made them seem abstracted, bones piled at oblique angles rather than a congruent human form. The cumulative effect holds a strange beauty, arresting both the visual and kinesthetic senses.” – The Brooklyn Rail, December 18, 2014, Madison Mainwaring

A Body in Places is the omnibus title of Eiko’s first solo project. Its scale and modes of presentation vary radically. Central to the project is a drive to explore non-traditional venues and to respond to the innate characteristics of each specific place, inspired by the history and tradition of traveling musicians, poets and actors who perform from town to town. At the core of each variant, is Eiko alone – by attempting to connect with each individual as a means to explore solitude, gaze, fragility and intimacy.

In the River To River Festival, Eiko debuts the latest iteration of the project: A Body in a Station. This non-theatrical performance continues her exploration of fragility of the body within public places that mutually affects and is affected by the gaze of those passers by who come upon her. What occurs at the intersection of a forlorn figure encountered where it is not expected and the viewers who happen upon it?

Photo Credit: Darial Sneed

This event is free and open to all.

A Body in Places is supported in part by Howard Gilman Foundation, and was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Eiko’s solo project, A Body in Places, of which A Body in a Station and A Body in Fukushima are key components, was made possible with the support of generous agencies and foundations: the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State Council on the Arts, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, and the Japan Foundation’s Performing Arts Japan program. Assistance at critical junctures was provided by the Pennsylvania Academy for the Fine Arts, Wesleyan University and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Further support was provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, which named Eiko an inaugural Doris Duke Artist.

 

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