Two Women
photo by William Johnston

Two Women (2014)

Two Women is a female duet Eiko choreographs and performs with Tomoe Aihara from Japan.

Since the completion of Eiko & Koma's Retrospective Project in 2012 and subsequent MoMA engagement in 2013, Eiko has been exploring various ways to collaborate with others. Two Women is the first experiment that Eiko directs solely. Choreographing a duet for and with another woman is new to Eiko. This is also part of the process toward creating her first solo work A Body in a Station  that will be seen in October 2014 in Philadelphia.

Tomoe Aihara is a dancer and scholar who lives in Tokyo. She has studied with Eiko occasionally over the past 15 years and participated in several Delicious Movement workshops.

Two Women is an experiment.  Two Japanese women with a 20-year age difference explore how they share (or not) certain desires and aesthetics. Eiko will also examine how her movement vocabulary and the sense of time can be digested (or not) by a different person. Two bodies sometimes mirror each other in part or collide into one. As two Japanese women performing together for the occasion, the focus is on their age difference and the pulling and pushing that occur between generations.

The work was conceived and created during Eiko's residency in the LMCC studio at Governors Island. It is rare that a work can be created where it is to be performed. Using natural light and no music, the work happens in the site as is, raw and odd. The set and costumes are designed and handcrafted by Eiko.

River to River Festival
Friday, June, 20 at 2:15 pm
Sunday, June 22 at 2:00 pm
Building 110: LMCC’s Arts Center at Governor's Island. Ground Floor
The entrance is adjacent to the Manhattan ferry dock.

Read Eiko's feature on NYC-ARTS

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