Eiko Otake: A Body in Places
June 7, 2021
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Curated by Judy Hussie-Taylor and Lydia Bell with Eiko Otake, A Body in Places (February 17-March 23, 2016) was Danspace Project’s tenth Platform, a month-long multi-disciplinary program that illuminated and expanded Eiko’s solo project of the same title. The video above is an edited compilation of A Body in Places.
“Eiko’s fragile yet fierce presence in public places provokes something beyond politics,” writes Danspace Project Executive Director and Platform co-curator Judy Hussie-Taylor. “Her silent presence feels urgently necessary in this age of brash and empty rhetoric.” Eiko has been a fixture in the dance and performance community in New York City and beyond for over 40 years as one half of the MacArthur recipient duo Eiko & Koma. “While this Platform is focused on Eiko’s influences, ideas, and recent solos,” says Hussie-Taylor, “we have invited over 25 artists from multiple generations and diverse artistic disciplines to engage with Eiko and to participate in performances, readings, and installations.”
In 2014, Eiko commenced her solo project, A Body in Places, through which she has been exploring the relationship of a fragile human body to the myriad intrinsic traits that are contained by a specific place. She began by traveling to the site of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, and danced in desolate places with the sole witness of photographer William Johnston. “I sometimes see nuclear contamination and corporate greed as my [Don Quixote] windmills. I fight without any potential to win but I fight because they should not stand unopposed,” she wrote.