Kota Yamazaki/Fluid Hug-Hug


Commissioned by Japan Society, and Premiered at Arizona State University Gammage in 2015

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, OQ explores concepts such as “unity of opposites” and “one is equal to many, which can be found in a structure of renga (a form of Japanese linked poem). Inspired by utakai (a traditional imperial poem reading ceremony) and a structure of linked poem, five performers with diverse backgrounds created an anarchic yet harmonic space. OQ consists of two acts, and these two acts could be seen as “Kyo” (subjective coloring) and “Jitsu” (objective reality). Like Rubin’s vase, the acts could fit in either category. And a metaphorical object designed by architect collective SO-IL exists almost as an anchor to connect Kyo and Jitsu in this amorphous and anarchy palace.

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The creation of this work was supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program. The project was also made possible through residencies at Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (MANCC), and the Movement Research Artist-in-Residence Program funded, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, by the Davis/Dauray Family Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Harkness Foundation for Dance

Other presenting partners: Miami Light Project, UC San Diego and Wesleyan University

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