In this panel discussion, Dr. Chikako Yamauchi (PhD, Art History, University of Canterbury) guides a conversation with Wally Cardona and Jonathan Bepler, choreographer and composer, respectively, for the The Set Up: Saya Lei, which will be performed as part of River To River 2015.

The Set Up: Saya Lei is the 6th installment in a series of 8 full-length dances that displace contemporary practice by living temporarily within a distinct tradition of mastery. Initiated in 2012, each installment launches with “American contemporary” artists meeting a “master of a traditional” who teach an “ancient” dance form.

The discussion will explore how Cardona, Lacey and Bepler’s creative processes and motivations led to the protocols used in the cross-cultural installments of The Setup and how both hold space for the ambiguities and discoveries inherent to working with differing cultural imprints and placements. As an independent researcher, Yamauchi is participating in Lacey and Cardona’s process of “discussing/doing/dancing” and examining how the The Set Up and its creators are “undoing tendencies toward                                                                              certainty in art.”

Featured Image Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Artist

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Sunday, June 28 at 2:00pm

at the Arts Center at Governors Island

FREE. RSVPs required. For information about the Governors Island Ferry, click here.
Please note that late seating is not permitted for this event.

Download a PDF of the event program here.