Sunday, February 5, 2017

Update on Eiko Otake at Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Eiko Otake at New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine
November 2016
(photos: William Johnston)

Ask master dancer Eiko Otake about her experience of being an artist-in-residence for the Cathedral of St. John the Divine's Dignity Initiative and, among other things, she will speak of keen feelings of outsider identity. Not US born, not white, not Christian. And yet this grand, historic institution on New York's Upper West Side--with its well-known commitment to the arts, the environment and social justice--has become a space for her to connect with people from all over the world and all walks of life, most by happenstance.

Last November, I wrote of Otake's engagement there in The Christa Project, a visual arts exhibition centered on images of female divinity (see post). Her unique residency continues through early March when she will join with anthropologist Marilyn Ivy (Columbia University), photographer-historian William Johnston, videographer Alexis Moh, performance artist John Kelly and other speakers and participants to commemorate the six-year anniversary of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, the most severe nuclear accident since Chernobyl.

Remembering Fukushima: Art and Conversations, presented in partnership with Asia Society and Danspace Project, will explore the relationship of body, place and history. Participating artists and speakers include:

Eiko Otake
William Johnston
Marilyn Ivy
Thomas Looser
Mark McCloughan
Alexis Moh
Nora Thompson
Megu Tagami
John Kelly
Carol Lipnik
DonChristian Jones
Geo Wyeth
Ronald Ebrecht
Ralph Samuelson
Elizabeth Brown
Jake Price
Nona Faustine Simmons

Remembering Fukushima: Art and Conversations
Saturday, March 11, 1pm-5pm
The Cathedral of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street), Manhattan

All are welcome. A donation of $10 is suggested but not required.

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