Eiko is teaching a course at NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study in the Winter/Spring Semester of 2016, titled "A Body in Places." The multi-faceted course will contemplate the notions of human fragility, existential solitude, and metaphorical “nakedness” and their expression through movement. Students will treat performance, including Eiko’s choreography, as a kind of non-verbal text to examine how being or becoming a mover reflects and alters each person’s relationship with the environment, with history, and with other beings.
During Eiko’s concurrent Danspace Project PLATFORM 2016: A Body in Places, students will focus on the performances and events at and around St. Mark’s Church in the East Village, accompanied by a Danspace Project publication, studying the practices of Eiko and other artists who are defined by or/and define our relationships to the particulars of place. Every Thursday during the Platform (Feb 15-March 22), Eiko will lead a book club at St. Mark's Church, with readings from the class syllabus and open discussions between the students and the participating community.
Using movement study as a means of inquiry along with readings and media studies, Eiko has taught interdisciplinary college courses about the atomic bombings and other environmental issues at Wesleyan University, Colorado College, and UCLA.