A Body in Hong Kong is a continuation of Eiko Otake’s larger project A Body in Places, her first solo performance without her partner, Koma. Otake is inspired by often crowded, public locales, and responds to her environs by performing meticulous, choreographed movements through the space. She questions and explores the relationship between performance and everyday life in her work by interspersing herself amongst the general populace, who are often caught unawares by her intimate and engaging gestures. The simple and fragile gaze conveyed between the artist and the audience can transform an unexpected encounter into one that is personal and meditative.

Otake embarked on A Body in Places at Philadelphia’s Amtrak 30th Street Station with A Body in a Station in 2014.  A year later, she performed it again at the Fulton Street subway station in lower Manhattan. For our Mobile M+: Live Art commission, A Body in Hong Kong, Otake will continue her exploration of public environments and the people who inhabit them. She will perform outdoors multiple times throughout the city, in each instance responding to the unique characteristics of Hong Kong. With these performances across the globe, Otake investigates the use of her body as a conduit to bridge together disparate locations.

Her video works A Body in Fukushima (2015 0519), also from the same project, is showing in our exhibition at Connecting Space, complementing the live performances. The video is an ongoing collaboration with photographer William Johnston and is comprised of a slideshow of his photographs. In 2014, they twice visited the desolate and contaminated landscape near Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants. Among the abandoned train tracks and damaged neighbourhoods, Johnston photographed Otake’s response to the disaster and devastation.  Her mourning, anguish, and grief are captured through each movement, each gesture in the haunting images. 

Date and Time:
4pm, 6 December 2015 (Sunday)
5pm, 11 and 12 December 2015 (Friday and Saturday)

Venue:

  • Tim Mei Avenue footbridge, Admiralty (6 December). No registration is required.

  • West Kowloon Cultural District (11 and 12 December). 

    The performance will take place in a restricted access area. Audiences are required to register online for the free shuttle bus service to access to the venue. The shuttle bus to the venue will depart at 4:30pm from Exit A of Kowloon MTR Station and return around at 6:15pm.

    Free admission with limited capacity. First-come, first-served. 

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Enquiries:
(852)2200-0102 (Ms So), liveart@wkcda.hk

Adverse Weather Arrangement:
Programme will be cancelled if a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is still in force 2 hours before the event starts.

*The organiser reserves the right to change the programme and artists. All changes will be announced on the website.

Artist:

Eiko Otake (Japanese/American,  born 1952)

Eiko Otake is one half of artist duo Eiko and Koma, a collaborative pair of choreographers/dancers active since the early 1970s. Born to a family of writers, artists, and intellectuals, Otake came of age in Tokyo during the turbulent 1960s, an era of growing prosperity and occasional violent student protests. She met Koma, her partner in life and work, at this time, and they have been working together for more than four decades, mostly in the United States. Known for their exceedingly slow yet controlled, tense, and exquisite movements, Eiko and Koma are often cited as two of the world’s most important movement artists working today. Also a scholar of post-war Japanese literature, in particular the so-called A-bomb literature genre, Otake has over the last few years taken a deep interest in documenting episodes and spaces of trauma and disaster. Her recent solo works have centred on the nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima, Japan. In 1996, Eiko and Koma received a MacArthur Fellowship.

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