Kei Takei & Maida Withers

February 10, 2018 at 8pm
Sunday, February 11 at 4pm
Dance Place
3225 8th Street NE
Washington, DC 20017 United States + Google Map

International icons, visionary modernists, come together in an exchange of ideas and movement. Featuring solo performances and improvisational experiments by Tokyo-based Kei Takei and DC’s Maida Withers, these dance legends bring their unique voices beyond the mainstream of dance performance, challenging us with innovation and experimentation.

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Kei Takei: startlingly original, at once simple and complex, and as compelling as the law of gravity.”
Alan M. Kriegsman – The Washington Post

LIGHT, Part 39 (RUNNING THROUGH THE EARTH) (2013) (9:00)
Choreography and Performance:  Kei Takei
Music:  Yukio Tsujii
Premiered 12/29/2013 at Theatre X (CAI), Ryogoku, Tokyo.

Kei has made a number of dances utilizing the movement motif of running. Characteristic of Kei of course, is that it isn’t simple or symbolic running but actual running “as if her life depended on it” “with all out effort” like “a final sprint to the finish line” or zenryoku shisou in Japanese (全力疾走).  To achieve that level of effort one has to be completely focused in mind body and spirit and all one’s focus has to be applied to a single unified direction in space (zentaitouitsu全体統一). That is the “yang” component of the dance. The “yin” component arises from the “play on words” between the English word “run; i.e. to run” and what would be its homonym in Japanese the ideogram/phonogram 乱 which is usually romanized as “RAN” (as in the Kurosawa movie). In practice the sound is closer “RUN”. 乱/RUN/RAN or midareru (乱れる) also related to konran (混乱confusion) expresses the concept of disorder, disarrangement, disarray, dishevelment i.e. the opposite of what is necessary to achieve the unity of spirit in order to achieve the “zenryoku shisou” state.  The dance is about this contradiction (mujun 矛盾).  During each instant of the 9 minutes of this dance Kei is confronting and being inspired by this contradiction.  One could say that the dance is about persevering through the chaos (konran), the trials and tribulations, the joys and agonies of life.

red dress#2_300Maida Withers: What binds together Withers’ choreography is not stories, romance, sex, or sociology, but the sheer exhilaration and imaginative fallout of movement ‑‑ movement interpreted in the widest and most liberated sense.”
Alan M. Kriegsman – The Washington Post

DIGG – memories of place and time revealing a kaleidoscope of motions, antagonisms, and suspicions
Concept, Choreography and Performance:  Maida Withers
Live vocal music: Audrey Chen and Phil Minton
Visual Installation:  Linda Lewett, filmmaker; Diane Falk, photographer

DIGG is a fiercely intimate multimedia performance created and performed by pioneering dance artist Maida Withers – an excavation of Russia/America memories of place and time revealing a kaleidoscope of emotions, antagonisms, and suspicions.  In DIGG there is a meeting of dance, emphatic gesture, original vocal music, video , and text.   Experimental vocalists, Audrey Chen (Berlin), with legendary singer Phil Minton (London),  perform live, “reality-piercing” vocals. A haunting visual installation by filmmaker Linda Lewett and photographer Diane Falk features surrealistic footage shot in the 14th Century Monastery on Solovky Island, Russia coupled with images, intrigues and provocations sweeping over the current political scene. Footage for DIGG was shot during a three-week  residency by Maida Withers Dance Construction Company in 2004 on remote Solovky Archipelago in northern Russia, site of the first Soviet-Era Gulag experiment.  Solovetsky Monastery, with its dungeons and secret alcoves. served as a primary PLACE for engaging dancers in retro-time.   DIGG, inspired by  Withers’ many tours and projects in Russia. explores a timeline of uncertainties and entanglements with reverberations in time and place until tomorrow, hopefully,  when we may stand together on the edge of normalcy.  DIGG is a sequel to Withers’ Thresholds Crossed (2006), a multimedia opus  “A fusion of East and West that explores the events, ideology and humanistic issues that link the U.S. with the former Soviet Union and contemporary Russia.”

5 Day Diary (Feb 5 to 9, 2017)
Improvisation that reflects the time that Kei & Maida will be working to create it before the official performance. Kei envisions that each day  of the 5 day process will include Maida presenting movement material motif of creativity to Kei and vice versa Kei will present movement material motif of creativity that she wants to do with Maida. Also each day Maida and Kei will bring their unique experiences from their respective Occidental and Oriental cultural perspectives and the changes they’ve experienced in the intervening 30 years since they last met into spontaneous improvisations.  The two of them will then arrange material from this process into an entity to be performed on Feb. 10 & 11.

$15 College Students and Children (17 & Under)
Advanced Sales – ends one week prior to performance weekend
$25 Advanced Sales Admission
$20 Advanced Sales Admission (Dance Place Members, Seniors and Artists)

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Performance Details
Dates: February 10, 2018
Time: 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Date: February 11, 2018
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Cost:  $15 – $30

Event Tags:
GlobalWorld Dance, Experimental, Post-Modern Dance, International Dance

Dance Place
3225 8th Street NE
Washington, DC 20017 United States + Google Map