Friday, March 09, 2012

[HvEXAS] Kota Yamazaki workshop | Sat. 03/31, 10 AM | EMPAC, Troy, NY

Kota Yamazaki workshop
Saturday, March 31, 2012, 10 AM - 1 PM 
EMPAC Studio Beta
Troy, NY

In addition to the public performance on Friday, April 6 at 8 PM, New York based butoh-trained choreographer Kota Yamazaki and two dancers from Africa, Shiferaw Tariku (Ethiopia) and Marie Agnes Gomis (Senegal), will offer a unique workshop focusing on the fundamentals of butoh, and the common threads found between butoh and African dance. Inspired by the creative process of his newest work (glowing), Yamazaki offers a special opportunity to explore these dance styles and to experience his creative process. 

Maximum workshop size: 15 people
** No dance experience necessary

Please RSVP to Liz Slagus at by Wednesday, March 28, and include the following in your email: a short bio and statement about why you would like to participate in the workshop.

Kota Yamazaki was born in Niigata and studied fashion design in Tokyo. He was first introduced to butoh through the teaching of Akira Kasai at the age of 18. He was a finalist in the Platform of Bognolet Competition in France, and then formed his Tokyo-based dance company, Rosy co., where he created original works in collaboration with various artists, including architect Toyo Ito, until 2001. Since 2002, Yamazaki has worked with New York-based Kota Yamazaki/Fluid hug-hug, and his work has been presented nationally and internationally at PICA's TBA Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival, BAM Harvey Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, and NUS for the Arts in Singapore, among others. In 2007, Yamazaki received the New York Dance and Performance Award ("Bessie") with Germaine Acogny for the choreography of FAGAALA performed by Senegal-based dance company, Jant-Bi. Since 2009, he has been director of Body Arts Laboratory and organizer of the Whenever Wherever Festival in Tokyo.

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