On Friday, January 21, Columbia University staff, faculty, students and guests came together to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture
with Eiko & Koma. Hundreds of people came, many who had never seen Eiko & Koma's work before, to see a performance of Raven
and showings of Dancing in Water: the Making of River
and Naked: A Gallery View
Eiko & Koma answered some lively questions from the audience, including "what do you think about when you perform Naked for six hours?" (Eiko's answer: "Not my shopping list.")
Audiences also enjoyed seeing a preview of the video console that Eiko & Koma are working on for their upcoming engagement at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, where in addition to installing Naked, they will have video works on display.
This performance was free--the first of an entire year of free performances in New York, celebrating Eiko & Koma's 35th year in New York City and 40th year as collaborators.