Darkness Odyssey Part 3: Non Opera, Becoming
April 4-6, 2019
New York Live Arts
Commissioned by New York Live Arts (New York) premiering in 2019
Performed by Connor Boss, Joanna Kotze, Taketeru Kudo, Mina Nishimura and Alain Sinandja
Music Composed by Masahiro Sugaya
Lighting Design by Thomas Dunn
Stage Sets Design by SO-IL
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.
Darkness Odyssey Part 3: Non-Opera, Becoming is considered to be a non-operatic celebration of a bridge between "this self" and "the other self", and magnifies the ever-changing state and process of "becoming" while encouraging exchange between performers from different dance practices, and cultural backgrounds. Ultimately, this work aims to blur the distinction between individual dance forms by boiling them down to their most fundamental essence.