Kota Yamazaki/Fluid Hug-Hug


Co-commissioned by EMPAC (The Curtis R.Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at Rensselaer (2012)

Original Cast: Lauren Cox, Leah Morrison, Mina Nishimura, Silas Riener and Ryoji Sasamoto
Touring Cast: Julian Barnett, Lauren Cox, Mina Nishimura, Silas Riener and Kota Yamazaki
Music Composed by Masahiro Sugaya
Lighting Design by Kathy Kaufmann
Set Design by SO-IL
Costume by Kota Yamazaki


Inspired by Japanese modern novelist Junichiro Tanizaki’s In Praise of Shadows –an essay about Japanese unique aesthetics on shadows in contrasting Western cultures, (glowing) explores concepts such as “timelessness” and “inter-being-ness”, within a space comprising light and shadow, with an international group of performers from Japan, Unites States, Senegal and Ethiopia.

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(glowing) was made possible by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program, the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and additional funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This work was also supported by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s residency program at Building 110: LMCC's Arts Center at Governors Island.

Other presenting partners: Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA)/TBA Festival (OR), Painted Bride Art Center (PA), The Andy Warhol Museum (PA), Lakewood Cultural Center (CO), The Dance Center Columbia College Chicago (IL), Miami Light Project (FL) and North Fourth Art Center (NM)

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