Events – Danspace Project
Clockwise from top left: Samita Sinha, artwork by Yo-Yo Lin, Joseph M. Pierce and devynn emory, Reassembly book cover, David Thomson, photo by Judy Hussie-Taylor. All photos by Ian Douglas unless otherwise noted.

Reassembly: Field Notes for Unknowing Book Launch

Friday, December 8, 7-8pm
Doors open
: 6:30pm
at Center for Art, Research and Alliances (CARA)
225 West 13th Street New York, NY 10011


Danspace Project and Center for Art, Research and Alliances​ (CARA) celebrate the release of​ Danspace’s latest publication,
Reassembly: Field Notes for Unknowing, with an evening of readings and presentations by devynn emory, Samita Sinha, Joseph M. Pierce, David Thomson, and Danspace’s Judy Hussie-Taylor and Seta Morton. Drinks and refreshments will be served.

Between 2021-23 Danspace Project (Lenapehoking/NYC) collaborated with Artist Research Fellows devynn emory, Okwui Okpokwasili, Samita Sinha, and David Thomson, initiating the Center for Dialogue & Exchange in the Arts (CDEA), a research initiative addressing the relationship between artistic inquiry and performance practice. “We started this process with a big question: What does generational change look like…how might it inform the future of our field?” said Hussie-Taylor during a June 10th public gathering. “What shifts need to happen in our interactions and exchanges and practices?”
Reassembly: Field Notes for Unknowing offers a glimpse into this years-long dialogue and includes reflective essays, resources, and transcripts of select conversations between the Fellows and other artists, writers, scholars, and educators that took place during CDEA’s inaugural events.

consists of “musings on artistic transmission and institutional transactions, scores for our organs, financial literacy resources, books and podcast recommendations, questions for stargazing,” writes editor Seta Morton, Danspace’s Program Director & Associate Curator. This  “unruly collection of prompts for unknowing” reflects on the relationship between artists and arts institutions, sustainability, and healthcare for artists.


Reassembly: Field Notes for Unknowing
Edited by Seta Morton
Written contributions from devynn emory, Judy Hussie-Taylor, Yo-Yo Lin, Joseph M. Pierce, David Thomson, and Eva Yaa Asantewaa
Transcriptions and notes by Nora Raine Thompson
Designed by Judith Walker

The book will be on sale in the CARA bookstore and on Danspace Project’s website.




Photo: Yuki.

Koma Otake: You

Thursday, December 14 | 7:30PM
Friday, December 15 | 7:30PM
Saturday, December 16 | 7:30PM

Open Dress Rehearsal*
Tuesday, December 12 | 7:30PM

Koma Otake brings his latest solo, You, to Danspace Project. Performing numerous times over the last two decades as part of Eiko & Koma, Danspace had the pleasure of presenting and commissioning Koma’s first multi-disciplinary solo project, The Ghost Festival in 2017.

“In dancing this trilogy, I engage and converse with various You but one at a time. Friends, parents, siblings, spirits, streets, fields, and objects with personal memories all inspire and create memorable moments,” writes Koma. “The stage is all white. My painting hangs loosely. My movements are stormy and absurd. Dancing with You brings back memories, but a moment later, I dig my head into the ground, missing You.”


*About Open Dress Rehearsal: Tuesday evening’s dress rehearsal will be free with RSVP and open to the public at limited-capacity. Open dress rehearsals are a mask-required, community-minded program prioritizing our immunocompromised and low-income audiences. Staff and audiences will be required to wear masks (N95 or KN95) and performing artists (if unmasked) will be  required to test for COVID-19 (rapid tests provided by Danspace Project).


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Raised in Japan, and based in New York since 1976, Takashi Otake has worked with Eiko Otake for 40 years as Eiko & Koma. In addition to performing in theaters and outdoors, they created their “living” installations performing all the museum hours within environments they hand-crafted in the galleries: Breath (1998) for the Whitney Museum, Naked (2010), for the Walker Art Center, and The Caravan Project (2013) for MoMA. Their multi-faceted Retrospective Project (2009-2012) consisted of new and restaged works, exhibitions, media works and a monograph of their works, Eiko & Koma: Time is Not Even, Space is Not Empty published by the Walker Art Center. 

Among other honors, they were awarded Guggenheim Fellowships (1984), two Bessie Awards (1984, 1990), a MacArthur Fellowship (1996), Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award (2004) and the Dance Magazine Award (2006) They were honored with an inaugural United States Artists Fellowship (2006) and the Doris Duke Performing Arts Awards (2012). 

Koma premiered his first multi-disciplinary solo project: The Ghost Festival in 2016 at the American Dance Festival and in 2017 at Danspace.

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