Chinese Martial Arts/Japanese Taiko Performance
Swallow Touches Water
Thursday, February 15, 2007
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Glorya Kaufman Dance Theatre
Dept. of World Arts and Cultures, UCLA
Asia Pacific Performance Exchange Fellows Cheng-Chieh Yu & Kenny Endo present an intercultural choreographic and musical exploration of the underlying martial aspects of the Chinese internal martial art Ba Gua Zhang and Japanese Taiko drumming.
"Swallow Touches the Water" is an inter-cultural performance exploration motivated by acknowledging the martial characteristics undercurrent in the Japanese Taiko and the Chinese Martial art form, Ba Gua Zhang. Generally the project interrogates martiality, exploring its transformation, recoding, and mediation through creative processes of choreography & music making. The title is that of a movement phrase from Ba Gua Zhang.
Beginning Taiko Workshop with Kenny Endo held immediately after the event 5- 6:30 p.m. Workshop sign-up starts at 2:45 pm on site -- space is limited, first come first served.
Performers: Kenny Endo, Arianne Hoffmann, Jeremy Hale, Taisha Paggett, Sebastian Peters-Lazaro, Dr. Dragenson C. W. Lung, Cheng-Chieh Yu
UCLA Yukai Taiko: Ryan Ishikawa, Mark Nguyen, Kathy Tu, Jennifer Muise, Jennifer Chow, Jana Yokoyama (alt.)
UCLA Kyodo Taiko: Jessica Wong, Emily Mukai, Jason Osajima, Kevin Suda, Elizabeth Ishida, Allan Kaku
Sponsor(s): Center for Chinese Studies, Asia Institute, World Arts & Cultures, James Irvine Foundation, Dance: Creation to Performance Program, Administrated by Dance/USA, Dept. of World Arts & Cultures Hot House Space Residency Program for Choreographers, Summer 06.