Since 1972, Japanese-born choreographer/dancers Eiko & Koma have collaborated in creating and performing a unique theater of movement out of stillness, shape, light, sound, and time. Eiko & Koma have since presented their works in theaters, universities, museums, galleries, and festivals world-wide, including numerous appearances at the American Dance Festival, and five seasons at BAM’s Next Wave Festival. Eiko & Koma have also created two “living” gallery installations: Breath, commissioned by the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1998, and Naked, commissioned by the Walker Art Center in 2010. For both of these engagements, Eiko & Koma performed for four weeks during all open museum hours. Eiko & Koma have received many honors for their creative work. They were named John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellows in 1984 and MacArthur Fellows in 1996. They were awarded the 2004 Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for their “lifetime contribution to the field of modern dance.” In 2006 Eiko & Koma received the Dance Magazine Award and were honored in the first round of the United States Artists Award. Recently, Eiko & Koma’s focus has been on the presentation of their outdoor works as free events in public sites. By performing at dozens of sites for over 35,000 audience members, Eiko & Koma have been able to share their work with a diverse audience. In this mode of presentation, Eiko & Koma offer their dancing bodies to the landscape, emphasizing process over product. In 2009, Eiko & Koma embarked on a multi-faceted, multi-year Retrospective Project aimed at educating audiences about their life and work.
Eiko & Koma will be working at 156 William Street to build materials for their upcoming exhibitions at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art.
Image credit: courtesy of the artist