March 11, 2016 marked the fifth anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Fukushima. After Fukushima: Event (curated by Judy Hussie-Taylor and Lydia Bell in collaboration with Eiko) included a 24 hour photo exhibiiton that was on display in the sanctuary from March 11th, 10pm through March 12th, 10 pm. A Body in Fukushima is a collaborative work between Eiko and photographer/historian William Johnston.
The installation was preceded by Conversation Without Walls: Bearing Witness and Eiko's solo, Three consecutive round table discussions by scholars and artists were tender and enchanting. At 9pm, Eiko performed a solo at St. Mark's Church with a special introduction by Yukie Kamiya, Gallery Director of Japan Society.
Starting at 10pm, twenty-four artists contributed a song, poem, prayer, chant, movement, or gesture every hour, on the hour until at 10pm on March 12, the event closed with a rare New York appearance by Dana Reitz.
The two day event collectively commemorated the five-year anniversary of the Fukushima disaster.
24-Hour Performance Schedule:
10pm: Jeannine Otis, St. Mark’s Church Choir Director
11pm: AJ Shavers accompanied by Daiquan Munoz
12 midnight: Ralph Samuelson (on shakuhachi)
1am: Rev. Dr. Allison Moore of St. Mark’s Church
2am: Lydia Bell
3am: Ishmael Houston-Jones
4am: Ramsi Tora
7am: Rev. Earl Ikeda of New York Buddhist Church with Assistant Ministers Isabelle Shinjo Bernard, Cheryl Joko Ikemiya, Gary Shobo Jaskula, Matthew Kaigo Wise
8am: Avery Mauel
9am: William Johnston
10am: Sam Miller
11am: Steven Taylor (playing Allen Ginsberg’s harmonium)
12 noon: April Naoko Heck of Kundiman Writers & Poets
1pm: Purvi Shah of Kundiman Writers & Poets
2pm: Madhu Kaza of Kundiman Writers & Poets
3pm: Meredith Monk
4pm: Carol Lipnik
5pm: John Kelly
6pm: Muna Tseng
7pm: Ishmael Houston-Jones
8pm: Margaret Leng Tan (on piano)
9pm: Dana Reitz
- The Making of “A Body in Fukushima”: A Journey through an Ongoing Disaster; William Johnston, Japan Focus, March 9, 2015
- NY TIMES 2016: Eiko Steps Away From One Dance Partner, to Take on Many More; GIA KOURLAS, The New York Times, February 10, 2016
- ‘It’s right in front of you – human failure’; Susan Broili, The Herald-Sun, July 6, 2015