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Eiko dances with Hiroshima Panels | Eiko + Koma
Eiko dances with Hiroshima Panels
Iri and Toshi Maruki

Eiko dances with Hiroshima Panels

For the Nov. 13, 2015 opening of the Hiroshima Panels by Iri and Toshi Maruki at Pioneer Works, Eiko performed her solo in honor of the Hiroshima Panels and their creators.

Japanese-style painter Iri Maruki, born in Hiroshima, and Western-style painter Toshi Maruki, went into Hiroshima city just three days after the bombing. They decided to paint the panels together, which illuminate the human experiences of the Atomic Bomb and spent 30 years painting the fifteen "HIROSHIMA PANELS."

Eiko, who studied atomic bomb literature in her graduate work and teaches a course on the atomic bombings, has long been familiar with the Marukis' work. Upon visiting the Maruki Museum in Japan, which permanently displays the man-and-wife painters' work from ten years ago, Eiko was further inspired by the Marukis' collaboration, commitments, and thoughts.

Several atomic bomb survivors were in attendance.

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Concurrently showing in another gallery at Pioneer Works, is Eiko and William Johnston's photography project, A Body in Fukushima

Special Thanks to Gabriel Florenz at Pioneer Works, and Kathleen Sullivan and Robert Croonquist of Hibakusha Stories for the invitation