"Yoshiko Chuma is a maverick, utterly unique, a ‘one-off’ as the British say… Gifted with great personal force and intelligence, at heart she is an experimentalist, a fierce explorer with a profound sense of structure."
–Amanda Smith, Dance Magazine, 2007
Dance, live music, video projections and commentary collide in 10 scenes on a red-saturated stage in the middle of a driving rainstorm in POOM², the latest chapter in the on-going dance/installation A Page Out of Order by Yoshiko Chuma and her company The School of Hard Knocks. Inspired by Teinosuke Kinugasa’s 1927 silent film A Page of Madness, the current episode investigates the relatively unknown country of Manipur in northeast India, the site of Japan’s final battle of World War II. An international cast of real and electronic performers will appear on film and via live call-ins. Chuma, who conceives, choreographs and directs this production, was born in Japan. Over the last 30 years of her artistic career, she and her collaborators have garnered 8 Bessie Awards and created more than 60 full-length performances for theaters and site-specific venues throughout the world. Guests include vocal artist Sizzle Ohtaka; the cutting-edge shakuhachi trio; Hannya Teikoku from Japan; video artist Dave Thoudam from Manipur; and wordsmith and Manipur native Somi Roy.
Tickets: $28/$25 Japan Society members. Purchase tickets online above or call the Box Ofice at (212) 715-1258, Mon. – Fri. 11 am – 6 pm, Weekends 11 am – 5 pm.
Related Event at Asia Society:
Roundtable Discussion: Journey to Manipur
Yoshiko Chuma leads a discussion with author Lady Belinda Morse ("Calamity and Courage: A Heroine of the Raj") and film and media curator, L. Somi Roy.
6:30 – 8:30 pm
- May 15, 2008
- 7:30 pm