Conversation Without Walls: Bearing Witness
photo by Ian Douglas

Conversation Without Walls: Bearing Witness

On March 11, 2016, as part of Danspace Project at St Mark's Church, scholars and artists gathered to commemorate the five-year anniversary of the Fukushima disaster. How are we challenged by mounting human failures? How does being a mover affect our thoughts and sensitivity? And how do our memories affect our movement? How do choreographers concern themselves with changing environments, artistically, politically and socially?

4-5pm:
Marilyn Ivy (Columbia University Anthropology Professor with focus on Japan) & William Johnston (Wesleyan University History Professor discussing A Body in Fukushima
Respondents: Gabriel Florenz (Director, Pioneer Works), Harry Philbrick (Director of PAFA), Julie Malnig (NYU professor, dance studies)

5-6pm:
Karen Shimakawa (NYU professor, performance studies) and Ana Janevski (Curator, MoMA performing arts department)
Respondents: Debra Levine (dance writer), luciana achugar (choreographer)

6-7pm:
Yoshiko Chuma (performing artist) and Katja Kolcio (choreographer and Wesleyan University Professor on dance)
Respondents: Koosil-ja (performing artist), Wendy Perron (dance writer)

7-7:30pm: Q&A with all participants

The event was be followed by After Fukushima: A 24 Hour Event, which opened at 10pm