Thursday, October 6, 2011

Eiko and Koma on stage

Posted By on Thu, Oct 6, 2011 at 9:13 AM

For this week's paper, we spoke with Eiko of the Japanese dance pair Eiko and Koma about their upcoming residency at Colorado College and their Regeneration performance on Oct. 14.

Land with Eiko and Koma
  • David Fullard
  • "Land" with Eiko and Koma

“It’s always a challenge to talk about a dance piece,” Eiko said when asked about one of the works they will perform, "White Dance: Moth." Indeed, the duo's highly original style is difficult to describe, but Jessica Hunter-Larsen, curator at the I.D.E.A. Space, sent this review of Eiko and Koma's recent performance in New Mexico. She says it's one of the clearest descriptions of the couple's dance she's found.

Now, all text and images aside, here's a video of "White Dance," a precursor to the "Moth" version:

WHITE DANCE (1976): Eiko & Koma's first piece in America from Eiko and Koma on Vimeo.

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Should this inspire you, dancers and non-dancers can participate in Eiko and Koma's Delicious Movement Workshop, happening Sunday, Oct. 9, at 3 p.m. at CC's Cossitt Hall. Eiko says she and Koma hold this class as often as they can when performing on the road, to meet people and get a sense of the community.

She stresses that anyone can come, get a nice workout and make friends. It's not about being a dancer or being competitive.

The workshop is free, and with space available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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