Tuesday 23 September 2014 at 19:30
Born in Niigata, Japan, Yamazaki was introduced butoh through the teaching of Akira Kasai at the age of 18. He was the artistic director of Tokyo-based dance company, rosy co., from 1995-2001 and created a number of works in collaboration with artists from different disciplines such as an architect, Toyo Ito. In 2002, Yamazaki founded Kota Yamazaki/Fluid hug-hug in New York. With the new company, Yamazaki has presented new works nationally/internationally at PICA/TBA Festival, BAM Harvey Theater, Melbourne International Arts Festival.amongst others. Throughout these years, Yamazaki has taught at universities and festivals including Bennington College,Yotsuya Art Studium at Kinki University. In 2007, Yamazaki received The New York Dance and Performance Award (Bessie Award) with Germaine Acogny for the choreography of FAGAALA. He is also a recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant Award (USA) in 2013. New project “OQ” in collaboration with so-il is going to tour in 2015. Since 2009, he serves as Director for Body-Arts Laboratory and organizes Whenever Wherever Festival in Tokyo.
Aki Onda is a composer, performer, and visual artist. Onda was born in Japan and currently resides in New York. He is particularly known for his Cassette Memories project – works compiled from a “sound diary” of field-recordings collected by Onda over a span of quarter century. Onda’s musical instrument of choice is the cassette Walkman. Not only does he capture field recordings with the Walkman, he also physically manipulates multiple Walkmans with electronics in his performances. In recent years, Onda often works in interdisciplinary fields and collaborates with filmmakers, choreographers and visual artists. Onda has collaborated with artists such as Michael Snow, Ken Jacobs, Paul Clipson, Raha Raissinia, Alan Licht, Loren Connors, Oren Ambarchi, Noël Akchoté, Jean-François Pauvros, Jac Berrocal, Linda Sharrock, and Blixa Bargeld.