New York Premiere
Japan Society Commission
Global traditions flow together in this latest work by Bessie Award-winning choreographer Kota Yamazaki (left). Inspired by Japanese ritual poetry readings held at the Imperial Palace, Yamazaki’s OQ (ōkyu is the phonetic reading of the Japanese word for "palace") features dancers from diverse cultural and dance backgrounds including Western contemporary, butoh and hip-hop. Within a space designed by award-winning New York architect collective SO-IL that complements the dancers’ fluid motions, Yamazaki’s palace, with its own rituals and customs, comes to life before our very eyes.
Tickets: $25/$20 Japan Society members
Friday, June 5 performance is followed by a MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception.
The presentation of OQ at Japan Society was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Art’s 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.
The creation of OQ was also partly supported with a Dance in Process residency at the Gibney Dance Center.
MetLife Meet-the-Artists Reception support is provided by MetLife Foundation.
Image: OQ © Tim Trumble; Kota Yamazaki, courtesy of the artist.
- June 6, 2015
- 7:30 pm