Kota Yamazaki/Fluid Hug-Hug

Darkness Odyssey Part 2: I or Hallucination


Commissioned by and Premiered at Baryshnikov Arts Center (NYC, 2017)

*Named Best Choreography of 2017 in Dance Magazine, and was nominated for The New York Dance and Performance Award (The Bessies) as Outstanding Production.

Performed by Julian Barnett, Raja Kelly, Joanna Kotze, Mina Nishimura and Kota Yamazaki
Music Composed by Kenta Nagai
Lighting Design by Thomas DunnScenic
Costume Design by Kota Yamazaki


Darkness Odyssey is a series of dances inspired by the written words of French philosophers Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, and butoh pioneer Tatsumi Hijikata’s notion of “dance of darkness”. This series explores the idea of the body as a black hole, which absorbs everything, even seemingly unrelated things equally.

Part 2: I or Hallucination, considers the fragile, vaporizing body reflecting on our ever-changing inner landscapes, while explores a fragmented, yet interconnected universe. Inspired by stories and images of Goze women (visually-impaired Japanese women who worked as musician in North-East region of Japan), the work also explores a space of hallucination, in where our body sensations become hyper-sensitized.

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The creation of this work was supported in part by residencies at Kinosaki International Arts Center (KIAC) and The Saison Foundation’s Morishita Studio through Japan Contemporary Dance Network (JCDN).

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