Lumberyard : KEI TAKEI’S MOVING EARTH ORIENT SPHERE | ROBBIE MCCAULEY | DANA REITZ
JAN 25-27, 8PM
FEB 1-3, 8PM
FEB 8-10, 8PM
KEI TAKEI’S MOVING EARTH ORIENT SPHERE | ROBBIE MCCAULEY | DANA REITZ
LUMBERYARD In The City
Winter Festival at New York Live Arts
Kei Takei’s Moving Earth Orient Sphere
JAN 25-27, 8PM
LIGHT, Part 44 (Bamboo Forest) is a choreographic meditation on sacrifice that depicts the archetypal cycle of life and death through the image of the blossoming of bamboo flowers (which occurs as infrequently as once a century). As the bloom is immediately followed by the death of that generation of bamboo, Takei’s performance draws parallels to the human theme of endless sacrifice of tribe, community, and individual to ensure the continuity of future generations. The company dances to the music of emerging visionary Japanese composer Seiichiro Sou, in a stark surreal set designed by Renta Kochi.
Kei Takei will also perform a Solo from LIGHT, Part 8, a section of her acclaimed, evolving 31-part work, LIGHT which comprises contributions from three decades in her career—beginning with the first section in 1969, and growing through the 1990s into a work totaling over a days’ worth of existentially probing choreography. Recognized by many as one of the most extraordinary works in concert dance history, LIGHT was created in 1969 as a form of “dance diary” stemming from Takei’s arrival in the U.S. from Japan to train at Juilliard and exploring her frustrations by how challenging and disparate her studies at Juilliard were from her dance upbringing. In this program, LIGHT, Part 8 depicts a lone dancer that ritualistically ties herself into knots.
FEB 1-3, 8PM
“You know I suppose to ‘a been dead. Sugar is complicated, like love, full of pleasure and pain. It’s complicated, gives you energy and can eat you up from the inside out.”
So begins award-winning theatre artist, Robbie McCauley’s autobiographical solo show about living with “a little bit of sugar” – diabetes, a disease that affects many Americans, and many more African-Americans. Directed by Maureen Shea with music by Chauncey Moore and projections by Mirta Tocci, Sugar looks at everything there is to see about sugar, from slavery to colonialism to American mythologies to racism and diabetes. Against the backdrop of her own remarkable life as an internationally acclaimed performance artist, Sugar is also a chronicle of McCauley’s life as a child in the Jim Crow South and as a young actress in the vibrant theatre scene of 1960’s-1970’s NYC.
In a January, 2013 interview in The Boston Globe, McCauley said that she created the piece as a way to encourage more people who have diabetes to talk about it. SUGAR, a 90-minute performance, was shaped from survival stories from McCauley’s own life as well as interviews with diabetics, their families, friends and health care providers. During the performance, McCauley tells tales of food – from the comfort food of her southern upbringing to the food from her days living as an artist in New York. As part of the narrative, McCauley also addresses disparities in health care between black and white people in the United States. In one provocative scene the artist carries sugar cane on her back, drawing a link between slavery, health-care inequity and diabetes.
FEB 8-10, 8PM
Dana Reitz, choreographer, dancer and visual artist, often uses silence as a means to reveal the musical nuance of movement itself. On her own and in her collaborations with lighting artists such as Beverly Emmons, James Turrell, and extensively, Jennifer Tipton, she has pioneered the use of light as a physical partner. Her woven movement and light scores — essential, spare and fleeting — create a continually shifting perception of time and space.
LUMBERYARD’s performances are part of New York Live Arts’ Live Arts PLUS Partners program, designed to allow missioned-aligned performing arts organizations access to state-of-the-art facilities.