Fort Mason Center Of Arts Announces A PIROUTTE TO TO ASIA, 6/3-4
In 2009 US President Barack Obama announced "A Pivot to Asia" causing ruffled feathers and raised eyebrows in some countries on that side of the world. In developing a Pirouette with Asia, SFIAF sought to take the phrase and make it more of a joint exercise in mutual appreciation and deploy a different set of troupes. This program is the first manifestation of that idea.
Modern and post modern dance is as nuanced and varied in East Asia as it is in other parts of the world. Even within the parameters of duets and very small ensemble work there is a rich variety of ideas and styles that differs by culture and individual artist vision.
SFIAF presents two programs that represent the yin and yang of contemporary Asian dance, the light and the dark, the humorous and the reflective, hard and soft, male and female, male, female.
Power dynamics and play, reclusiveness, sensuality, levity and humor are all represented within the space of two-one hour programs, where the only constant is virtuosity.
Gu Jiani (China), Right & Left (2014, West Coast Premiere)
Saturday June 3 8:00pm, Sunday June 4 5:30pm, Cowell Theater
Right & Left is a haunting tribute to symmetry and its dissolution, ominous and beautiful in equal measure. Gu Jiani fuses incredible precision with an arresting mix of projection and light offering a jaw-dropping perspective on our oldest questions: Why do we love, and how do we stop it from destroying who we are?
JJBro (South Korea), Jimmy and Jack (2015, West Coast Premiere, West Coast Debut)
Victor Fung Dance (Hong Kong), From the Top (2015, US Premiere, US Debut)
Scarabe (Japan), Sell Our Body (2014, US Premiere, US Debut)
A triple bill that explores different approaches to evoking humor in Asian post modern dance performance.
Jimmy & Jack won the prize for best choreography by unanimous agreement at the Seoul Dance Collection in 2014. The piece is dedicated to people who are hidden and afraid of coming forward, simply because they are different from others. It features the unique wit and characteristic philosophy of the two dancers and co-creators Jun Heung-ryeol and Pyo Sang-man.
From the Top is a dance work that explores the power relations between performers and dance makers. The action on-stage is juxtaposed with voiceovers and supertitles to reveal the politics between the ever-demanding choreographer and the dancers who continuously attempt to fulfill the choreographer's artistic "vision".
Kansai based Scarabe (Fujii Izumi, Yukio Miyahara and Mikiko Shinohara) perform their signature work Sell Our Body. The title expresses the artists' intent to present their world view by channeling their full creativity through the body. It is an intimate piece that employs swift development at close range. Sell Our Bodyevokes the emotions of the audience ... comically, seriously, dreamily, and wholly.