A Body in Fukushima: Summer 2014

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This video was created by Eiko with assistance by Ben Grinberg using the photographs by William Johnston of Eiko in Fukushima. Sound score includes on-site recording by Jake Price.

In July 2014, Johnston and Eiko returned to Fukushima, Japan. They visited the same sites they did in January.

Two stations have reopened but stand empty of passengers. The communities are still utterly uninhabited due to radiation. In many other places, greenery and flowers almost have hidden the tracks. Bags of contaminated soil are piled everywhere--in school yards, on roadsides, and right by people's empty houses. New plants are growing out of broken bags, in phone booths, and inside of crashed cars.

In the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the nuclear reactors in Fukushima suffered massive damage and released high volumes of radiation into the surrounding land and sea. Three and a half years later, the nuclear plants continue to  emit radiation.

Eiko says, "In placing my body in these contaminated places, I danced again in mourning and remorse."

The project was made possible in part by funds from the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts, and Doris Duke Performing Artist Award.

The photography exhibition, A Body in Fukushima will open at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art on October 3, and will tour to Galleries of Contemporary Arts of University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Wesleyan University.