Joan Jonas & Eiko Otake: Drawing in Circles Installation and Performances – Danspace Project
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Joan Jonas & Eiko Otake: Drawing in Circles Installation and Performances

Photo: Jeri Coppola.

Drawing in Circles installation on view at Castelli Gallery:
March 14-April 1 | Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm*

Drawing in Circles   WHY? Performances:
Saturday, March 18, 4pm (SOLD OUT)
Friday, March 24, 7pm (SOLD OUT)
Saturday, March 25, 4pm (SOLD OUT)

Joan Jonas’ and Eiko Otake’s collaborative project, Drawing in Circles will be on view at Castelli Gallery March 14 – April 1, 2023. This exhibition, with three accompanying live performances, marks a historic collaboration for the artists and a unique partnership between Castelli Gallery and Danspace Project.

 In private conversations that started in 2018, Joan and Eiko discovered shared influences including Japanese theater, film, dance, and literature as well as an intense interest in one another’s divergent processes with regard to live performance and video. In 2019, they began experimenting in Jonas’ studio both in New York and in Nova Scotia. During the pandemic, Danspace’s director and curator Judy Hussie-Taylor invited Eiko and Joan first to a public conversation in 2020 then to collaborate in 2021 on a video With the Earth at My Waistline.

Drawing in Circles, the installation, will feature With the Earth at My Waistline along with both new and older videos by each artist offering insights into their processes with regard to improvisation, collaboration, time, space, sound, object, and image. 

The performances run approximately 30 minutes and will be followed by a conversation with the artists.


Castelli Gallery is located at 24 West 40th Street, 2nd Floor
(between 5th + 6th Avenues), New York, NY 10018.

Gallery Hours: March 14-April 1 | Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm

*Please note: on March 18 & 25, the gallery will be open from 10am-2pm.
On March 24, the gallery will be open from 10am-5pm.

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