Flynn Center and Moran Plant:
Eiko had a week-long residency at Flynn Center from May 22- 29 and performed her A Body in Places
on May 27 from 7 to 9 pm. The Flynn Center had also been showing Eiko and Johnston's photo exhibition A Body in Fukushima
in its Amy E. Tarrant Gallery since March.
The Moran Plant, which towers over Lake Champlain in Burlington, VT, is an abandoned coal plant. Decommissioned in 1986, the iron beams are now weathered, windows broken, old machineries rusted, and birds fly on every floor. A handful community organizers and artists are trying to save the plant from demolition and to rebuild it as a cultural hub.
Audience members were invited to arrive one hour early to tour the plant. For most people, this was the first time they had stepped inside of this gigantic, symbolic, and dynamic place. Eiko moved for one hour inside of the plant as pre-performance installation. She then took the viewers outside, where she danced for another hour at the lake's waterfront in fast changing light of sunset and approaching dusk. It was a challenging and beautiful site.
Earlier in the week, Eiko offered a workshop, and two gallery talks. Because Flynn Center presented Eiko & Koma four times.
EIko enjoyed talking with people who had seen her perform before and also meeting people who are new to her.
For Eiko, her visit to Flynn also meant time to spend and share with Eiko & Koma's long time friend and Flynn's executive director John Killacky. She tremendously enjoyed sharing meals, rehearsals, gallery talks, a pony carriage ride and a performance with John.
Eiko's photograph collaborator William Johnston joined Eiko in Burlington and they worked together for another series of photos at spectacular Moran Plant.
See photos: Eiko at Moran Plant.
Eiko and Johnston had the pleasure of meeting Arnie and Maggie Gundersen, founders of Fairwinds Energy Education, an non-profit organization with an impactful mission of educating the public about nuclear power production and safety issues. It was amazing to receive their knowledge about these important issues.