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Danspace Project Platform | Eiko + Koma
Danspace Project Platform
photo by Ian Douglas

Danspace Project Platform (2016)

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
at 7pm
Feb 20, Paul Chan & Claudia La Rocco
Claudia's poem
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. 
at 7pm
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
7-10 pm
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.

Eiko Solos
Artists Responses
Film Series: Eiko at Anthology
Eiko Book Club
Talking Duets
Precarious: Guest Artists Solos
Conversation without a Wall
After Fukushima: 24-Hour Event

Dansapce Journal archives photos, videos, and writings of PLATFORM.