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Yoshiko Chuma (Japan) and Germaine Acogny (Senegal)—both Bessie Award- winning artists, and longtime leaders in their respective genres—unite to examine the evolving nature of their art forms in the world of contemporary dance.
Chuma, the conceptual and avant-garde artist and the choreographer/artistic director of The School of Hard Knocks: “…disrupt(s) conventional notions of dance, rarely setting out to make a formal dance piece, but channel(s) her desires and energy into creating something never before seen.”—Mika Eglinton, The Japan Times.
Acogny, “Mother of Contemporary African Dance (who) hits you in the midriff with her overwhelming solo, pierces your heart and stimulates all your nerves.”—Theaterkrant
She is the stimulus for the “… explosion in contemporary African dance, much of it in the locally rooted yet exploratory mode Ms. Acogny pioneered.”—Brian Seibert, The New York Times
Chuma and an ensemble of dancers perform excerpts of to Portrait as Mirror to Tipping Utopia, Acogny screens solo works and both discuss the evolving nature of traditional Asian and African dance forms in the world of contemporary dance, and the intersectionality of Japanese and Senegalese dance in the Western sphere. The discussion is moderated by Rachel Cooper, Asia Society Director for Performing Arts and Cultural Programs.
$15 in advance / $25 at the door