Fall Quarter Granada Dance Performance
Kota Yamazaki and Mina Nishimura, whose work is strongly rooted in butoh, a form of Japanese dance theatre, are choreographing “Every-Body, No-Body” for the UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance in the College of Letters and Science. Yamazaki and Nishimura are the Granada Artists-in-Residence for fall quarter. The new work features graduate and undergraduate students as the performers.
The performances Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 29 and 30 and Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. with a 2 p.m. performance on Dec. 1 are in the Main Theatre of Wright Hall.
“’Every-Body, No-Body’ is a slippery and elusive journey that explores a relationship between ‘my bone’ and insubstantial ‘I,’ while dealing with friction and tension between Body as object and every-changing ‘I’-ness,” Nishimura said.
Yamazaki studied under Akira Kasai, one of the pioneers of butoh. His Tokyo-based dance group Rosy Co., founded in 1996, has performed nationally and internationally at theaters and festivals throughout Asia, Europe and the United States.
Nishimura studied butoh and improvisational dance with Yamazaki while also studying at the Merce Cunningham Studio. She has performed internationally in works by choreographers such as John Jasperse, Dean Moss, Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener, Vicky Shick, Nami Yamamoto, Ursula Eagly and Ellen Fisher.
Tickets are $10, $9 for faculty/staff and $7 for students/seniors and are available online at theatredance.ucdavis.edu or at the UC Davis Athletics Ticket Office, on the north side of Aggie Stadium, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or by phone (530) 752-2471 during the same hours.