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Beam (1983) | Eiko + Koma

Beam (1983)

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Performance footage. Full length.

Beam was the first of Eiko and Koma's pieces to be commissioned by the American Dance Festival, and they performed it at their ADF debut in 1983. Together they performed this work on top of a 6 foot tall dirt mound built on top of an orchestra pit. The mound rose during a pause after their performance of Fur Seal.

The recorded music is a Asian Folk tune that Eiko arranged and played on her harmonium. BEAM was also performed as a part of New Moon Stories, Eiko & Koma's debut at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Next Wave Festival in 1986.