Koma Otake: You – Danspace Project
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Koma Otake: You

Photo: Yuki.

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

Open Dress Rehearsal*
Tuesday, December 12 | 7:30PM (the open dress rehearsal is now sold out)

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).


Before you visit:

Accessibility at Danspace Project
Covid Safety at Danspace Project


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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