Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks’
Suddenly Delay, After Shockwave Delay Vol. 1
Actor: Jim Fletcher
Musician: Jason Kao Hwang
Choreographer/Dancer: Ursula Eagly, Emily Pope, Kathryn Ray, Wendy Perron, Sarah Skaggs, Miriam Parker, Mizuho Kappa
Visual Artist: Tim Clifford, Kelly Bugden & Van Wifvat
Composer: Robert Black (1956-2023)
“Suddenly Delay, After Shockwave Delay Vol.1” is the first sequel to the theater performance “Shockwave Delay” presented at the Ellen Stewart Theatre at LaMaMa in June 2023, followed by five more sequels which will keep happening through 2024. The confidential protocol is a composition created and designed by Yoshiko Chuma. This performance is based on twenty chapters that cross over within the frame of two and half hours. Musicians, dancers and designers interact, but not directly—a parallel to incidents of sound, text and action, a metaphor for endless continuous circles of life, fluctuating between utopia and war. While observing, the audience perceives the results of war—tipping utopia. A utopia is an imagined community of society that possesses highly desirable or nearly perfect qualities for its citizens. One could also say that utopia is a perfect “place” that has been designed so there are no problems.
Thursday, October 12th, 2023 @ 7:00pm
(Running time: 90 minutes)
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YOSHIKO CHUMA, Artistic Statement:
Movement of performers onstage or in any given space, informal or formal, is interconnected with aural and visual aspects of the space and events, which have happened at that location. There is no division of time and space. We add music, film, dance, theater and combine elements to create something new, but the space echoes its own history. I am interested in collaborations between artistic expressions beyond borders; beyond countries. I believe creating a project with artists from different cultures allows me to examine the differences between us, and I realize that we also have much in common. I seek the place where a crossover can happen, where we can share. For 40 years, I have worked with young artists all over the world; and formed relationships across huge gaps of time, space and age, including Japan, Albania, New York, Romania, Macedonia, Afghan, Venezuela and Amman in Jordan.
We are all connected through our personal and private histories. We will use our own movements, words, images and experiences to create movement.
COVID-19 policy: In guidance with the city and state COVID-19 policies, we will no longer be requiring masks, but strongly recommend them.