WASHINGTON DC: Kei Takei & Maida Withers @ Dance Place
Kei Takei & Maida Withers
wo international icons come together in an exchange of ideas and movement. Featuring solo performances by Tokyo-based Kei Takei and DC’s Maida Withers, these dance legends bring their unique voices beyond the mainstream of dance performance.
DIGG is a fiercely intimate multimedia performance created and performed by pioneering dance artist Maida Withers – an excavation of the current political landscape revealing a kaleidoscope of emotions, antagonisms and suspicions. In DIGG, there is a meeting of dance, emphatic gesture, original vocal music, video and text. Experimental vocalist Audrey Chen (Berlin) performs live, “reality-piercing” vocals. A haunting visual installation by filmmaker Linda Lewett and photographer Diane Falk features surrealistic footage shot in the 14th Century Monastery on Solovky Island, Russia coupled with images, intrigues and provocations sweeping over the current political scene.
Inspired by Japanese myth, Kei Takei’s LIGHT, Part 47 (run) confronts the contradiction between the absolute focus required for a final sprint to the finish line – or zenryoku shisou in Japanese (全力疾走) – and the wild adrenal physicality of pushing your body beyond its limits. As always with Takei’s work, this movement “yang” contrasts an intellectual “yin” – in this case, a play on words between the English “to run” and its phonetic Japanese twin, 乱, related to disorder and confusion.
[Maida Withers. Photo credit: Diane Falk]
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