Visiting Artist | November 9 - 22, 2017
Darkness Odyssey Part 2: I or Hallucination
Japanese artist Kota Yamazaki came to MANCC to develop Part 2 of his Darkness Odyssey series, which is inspired by the work of French philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, and butoh pioneer Tatsumi Hijikata’s “dance of darkness.” The series explores the idea of the body as a black hole, absorbing equally everything it encounters, even that which is seemingly unrelated.
Darkness Odyssey Part 2: I or Hallucination, considers the fragile, vaporous body and reflects on our ever-changing inner landscapes, while exploring a fragmented, yet interconnected universe. Inspired by stories and images of Goze women (visually-impaired Japanese women who historically worked as musicians in North-East region of Japan), the work also explores a space of hallucination, in which the body experiences a heightened state of sensation.
While at MANCC, Yamazaki finalized a scenic design that involved covering the entire stage floor in reflective silver material. Master lighting designer Thomas Dunn developed a lighting plot that plays with this reflective floor surface and enhances the vaporous movement quality of the dancers.
During the residency Yamazaki met with two FSU scholars. Dr. Stanley Gontarski, the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English, who has written extensively on modernist philosophy, spoke with Yamazaki to further develop his interpretation of Deleuze’s writings. Lynda Jones, CVRT and former coordinator for the Vision Rehabilitation Therapy Specialization at FSU, spoke to Yamazaki about her lived experience of blindness. The residency concluded with an informal work-in-progress showing that was open to the public and attended by students and faculty of the FSU School of Dance and MANCC’s namesake benefactor, Maggie Allesee.
As a part of MANCC’s Embedded Writers Initiative, Yamazaki and his collaborators were joined by Moriah Evans. This initiative, funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is designed to support the re-imagining of dance writing conventions in order to better respond to and engage with a wider range of ever-evolving contemporary forms in dance and performance. Evans, a dance maker herself, is the Editor-in-Chief of Movement Research’s Performance Journal, a printed forum created for and by artists that engages current issues of dance and performance.
This residency is funded, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Darkness Odyssey Part 2: I or Hallucination will premiere at the Baryshnikov Arts Center on December 13-15, 2017