Yasuko Yokoshi: ZERO ONE – Danspace Project
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Yasuko Yokoshi: ZERO ONE

Photo: Takehiro Fukuoka

A Q&A with Yokoshi and choroegrapher Beth Gill will follow Thursday night’s performance.

Yasuko Yokoshi returns to Danspace Project as both choreographer and filmmaker for her newest project, ZERO ONE. Exploring the duality and the ephemerality of performance as metaphor for the transience of existence, ZERO ONE features dancers Manami and Sawami Fukuoka, identical twin sisters with divergent dance backgrounds. Behind the live dancing the iconoclastic artists Hangman Takuzo, Namiko Kawamura, Mika Kurosawa appear on screen.

Watch the teaser:

About the Artist

Choreography: Yasuko Yokoshi in collaboration with the performers; Film "Hangman Takuzo" created by Yasuko Yokoshi featuring Hangman Takuzo, Mika Kurosawa and Namiko Kawamura; Performers: Manami Fukuoka and Sawami Fukuoka; Costumes: Akiko Iwasaki; Lighting: Carol Mullins; Technical Director and Video Operation: Ichiro Awazu; Technical Advisor and Sound Operation: Leo Janks;

Yasuko Yokoshi was born and raised in Hiroshima, Japan. She currently lives and works both in New York City and Kyoto. Yokoshi’s works have been presented by the Theatre de la Ville in Paris, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, The Kitchen, Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, the Japan Society, Performance Space 122, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Dublin Dance Festival, and others. In July 2011, Yokoshi was appointed as the inaugural Resident Commissioned Artist of New York Live Arts. Recent awards include a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (2009), a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award (2008), and a BAXTen Award (2007). She is also the recipient of a Creative Capital grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship, and two New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Awards for her choreography of Shuffle (2003) and what we when we (2006). She has given numerous lectures and workshops at schools and universities across the United States and Japan. She served as a mentor with Sarah Michelson in the DanceWEB education program at the 2010 ImpulsTanz Festival in Vienna, Austria. Yokoshi holds a B.A. degree from Hampshire College.

“If you love dance, you probably chose it because dance disappears the moment it is executed. You cannot own dance. Dance is a permanently vacant lot, a beautiful space you cannot possess.” – Yasuko Yokoshi