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Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks presents "Head in The Sand to Tipping Utopia" at Pangea

Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks presents "Head in The Sand to Tipping Utopia" at Pangea


Yoshiko Chuma and The School of Hard Knocks


178 Second Avenue (between 11th and 12th Streets)
Manhattan, NY


Thursday, February 24, 2022 - 7:00pm



Yoshiko Chuma and The School of Hard Knocks

Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks presents 

Head in The Sand to Tipping Utopia at Pangea, February 24, 2022



New York, NY (February 14, 2022) – Downtown dance firebrand Yoshiko Chuma and The School of Hard Knocks, in collaboration with virtuoso pianist Dane Terryand maverick poet Kyle Dacuyan, will be making their highly anticipated debut at Pangea on Thursday, February 24, at 7pm

Conceptual artist, choreographer, performer, and instigator Yoshiko Chuma has been developing collaborations, conceptual structures, and provocative performance art with her award-winning collective, The School of Hard Knocks, for 40 years. Her original and decidedly unclassifiable work, described as “a mixture of play and seriousness, anarchy and reflection” (Dance Magazine), tries to capture the contemporary world in all its complexity. The brilliant Dane Terry and Kyle Dacuyan join her for this special performance. 

Downtown’s intimate supper club Pangea is the ultimate in alt, playing home to some of the best in alt cabaret. The New York Times called it “a bohemian oasis not unlike the fabled Max’s Kansas City from days gone by.” Pangea is located at 178 Second Avenue (between 11th and 12th Streets), in Manhattan.

Tickets for the performance are $20 in advance / $25 at the door (cash only). There is a $20 per person food/drink minimum. Proof of Covid-19 vaccination, photo ID, and masks are required to enter. The house opens at 6pm. Seating is first come first served. For more information about the event and to purchase advance tickets, go to: event tickets.


About the Artists

Yoshiko Chuma moved to New York from Japan in 1976. She has been a firebrand in New York’s postmodern dance scene since the early 1980s. Chuma’s thought-provoking work is neither dance nor theater nor film nor any other predetermined category. She is an artist on her own journey, a path that has taken her to over 40 countries and includes collaborations with over 1,000 artists, thinkers, and collaborators of every genre since establishing her company, The School of Hard Knocks, in New York City in 1983. Creating over 100 productions, including company works, commissions, and site-specific events, Chuma is constantly challenging the notion of performance for both audience and participants. 

Kyle Dacuyan is a poet, 2021 NEA Fellow in Creative Writing, and Executive Director of the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church. His first book, INCITEMENTS, is forthcoming with Ugly Duckling Presse in 2022. 

Dane Terry is a multimedia story-maker, performer, and composer. He has made stories and music for all sorts of rooms and situations and with all sorts of people. He was the writer, composer, and lead performer of the musical fiction podcast Dreamboy (Night Vale Presents, 2018). Works for stage include Jupiter’s Lifeless Moons(Performance Space New York, 2018), Bird in the House (La MaMa, 2015 and Under the Radar, 2016). 

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