Some day, people who love movement art will say “Were you at the Eiko Danspace Platform in 2016?” And for those who are lucky enough to answer “Yes,” it will be as if they’d been at Woodstock as hippie teenagers in the 1960s. This series of artistic ideas and events have enhanced the entire dance community. Eiko’s vision and her own breathtaking artistry are memorable and transformative.
Martha Sherman Danceviewtimes
Platform was a month-long curated program of Danspace Project in East Village, New York City. Eiko is both the subject of the 10th annual Platform titled, A BODY IN PLACES and a collaborator of its curators, Director Judy Hussie-Taylor and Program Director Lydia Bell. And as such, Eiko was fully engaged in planning her solo performances, and in exposing/expanding/examining/revealing herself as an artist and as a person.
This was a singular opportunity for Eiko to examine the theme of a body intimately relating to a particular place and to share her concerns with the downtown dance community and audiences at large.
The program took place February 17 - March 22, 2016.
Check Day to day schedule
MON- FRI. Eiko's daily solo Performance
Mon.at 9 am, Tue. at noon, Wed. at 3 pm, Thurs. at 6 pm, Fri. at 9 pm.
Feb. 29 - Mar.18
16 public solo performances and five previews on and off-site around St. Mark's Church in the East Village.
On Mar. 19, she wllll perform at midnight to end the series.
TUE. Weekly Installations by Eiko
Feb 20, Mar.1, Mar.8 Mar.15.
TUE. Weekly Special Event and Talks:Artists Resonses
Feb 20, Paul Chan & Claudia La Rocco
Mar. 1. Poetry Project readings
Mar.8, DonChristian Jones
Mar 15. Margaret Leng Tan, Forrest Gander, Valda Setterfireld
WED. Weekly Film Series
Curated and introduced by Eiko.
Feb. 17, 24, Mar. 2, 9. 16, 23
THURS. Weekly Book Club
at 7 pm
Participants discussed readings selected by Eiko.
Feb 25, Mar. 3, 10, 17.
Readings are organized by places.
week 1. Postwar Tokyo
week 2. Hiroshima and Nagasaki
week 3 Minamata and Fukushima
week 4 America
FRI. Mar.11, Conversations Without A Wall: Panels and talks
FRI-SAT. Mar 11-12. 24-HOUR Exhibition of A Body in Fukushima in the sanctuary of St. Mark’s Church.
Mar.11,10 pm-Mar.12, 10 pm.
Lighting design by Kathy Kaufmann in collaboration with Eiko.
All photographs are by William Johnston and show Eiko in the tsunami and radiation-damaged landscape of post-disaster Fukushima.
TWO SAT. Talking Duets
Eiko and other invited artists move and engage in spoken discourse.
Feb. 20: Participants: David Brick, Emmanuelle Huynh, John Kelly, Bebe Miller, and Eiko. Moderator: Judy-Hussie Taylor
Mar. 19, Participants: David Brick, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Yvonne Meier, Elizabeth Streb and Eiko. Moderator: Laura Flanders
TWO SAT. The Precarious
Eight artists performing in places of their choice in St. Mark’s Church.
Feb.27: Participants: Beth Gill, Neil Greenberg, Koma, Jimena Paz, Polly Motley, Donna Uchizono, Arturo Vidich, Eiko
Mar.5: Participants: Michelle Boulé, Beth Gill, Neil Greenberg, Koma, Jimena Paz, Arturo Vidich, Geo Wyeth, EIko
ThePlatform catalogue includes commissioned essays, photographs of Eiko’s performances in -various places, excerpts from Eiko’s past writing, and transcribed conversations between Eiko and invited artists. The catalogue is be available for purchase at Danspace Project office.
Film Series: Eiko at Anthology
Eiko Book Club
Precarious: Guest Artists Solos
Conversation without a Wall
followed by After Fukushima: 24-Hour Event
Dansapce Journal archives photos, videos, and writings of PLATFORM.
- Eiko’s ‘Platform 2016,’ With a Class, a Film and More; Siobhan Burke, The New York Times, February 22, 2016
- Eiko, Koma and Soloists Perform in Sacred Space; SIOBHAN BURKE, The New York Times, February 29, 2016
- Eiko Invites You to Her Inner Land of Wraiths; BRIAN SEIBERT, The New York Times, March 2, 2016
- Dancing in Places; Deborah Jowitt, DanceBeat Deborah Jowitt on bodies in motion, March 8, 2016
- A Body in Places, Danspace Project, New York — ‘Bracing’; Apollinaire Scherr, Financial Times, March 7, 2016
- The Dance Enthusiast Hits The Streets for PLATFORM 2016: A Body in Places; Deirdre Tower
- Eiko Otake: A Body in Places - Part I; Robert Johnson, The Dance Enthusiast, March 17, 2016
- Eiko Otake: A Body in Places - Part II: From Dashwood Books in the East Village to the Fukushima Prefecture in Japan; Robert Johnson, The Dance Enthusiast, March 23, 2016
- Eiko Otake: A Body in Places - Part III: Experiencing “After Fukushima: a 24-Hour Event” and More during Platform 2016; Robert Johnson, The Dance Enthusiast, March 29, 2016
- Bodies in a Place: Precarious II: Guest Solos; Martha Sherman, Danceviewtimes, March 23, 2016
- One Last Time: Platform 2016: “A Body in Places”; Martha Sherman, Danceviewtimes, March 27, 2016
- NY TIMES 2016: Eiko Steps Away From One Dance Partner, to Take on Many More; GIA KOURLAS, The New York Times, February 10, 2016
- Modern Dance Icon Eiko Takes Over the EV, Starting With a Badlands Unlimited Collab; KAVITHA SURANA, Bedford and Bowery, February 22, 2016
- EIKO: MOURNING BECOMES EXHILARATING; Wendy Perron, http://wendyperron.com/, April 25, 2016