Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks /ROOT CULTURE (USA/Japan)
invites you to their newest premiere:

Not About Romanian Cinema: POONARC
From the ongoing dance/installation series,
"A Page Out of Order" (2001-2011)

A personal and public dialogue with Romania
Read about the performance on Yoshiko Chuma website


June 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 2009
Presented by Danspace Project
as part of the City/Dans series
St. Mark's Church, 131 East 10th Street
(at 2nd Ave.), Manhattan.
Thursday through Saturday: pre-show begins at 8:00 pm; performance at 8:30 pm.
$18.00 ($12.00 for members).
Box office (866) 811-4111 www.danspaceproject.org

Post performance discussions:
June 5: Moderated by Judy Hussie-Taylor, Director Danspace Project
June 12: Moderated by Corina Suteu, Director, Romanian Cultural Institute of NY

This new work features artists from the USA, Romania and Japan who have spent the last four weeks developing it while journeying through several regions of Romania. The development experience is integral to the creation of POONARC.*


Photo of "Not About Romanian Cinema: POONARC" from a developmental workshop production at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli, New York, April 2008. Photo by Ayumi Sakamoto.

Concept, Design, Choreography and Direction: Yoshiko Chuma.

Assistant Directors: Jake Margolin & Rie Ono

Dancers/Actors/Musicians: Yoshiko Chuma, Sorin Calota, Andreea Duta, Ursula Eagly, Theo Herghelegiu, Kristine Lee, Jake Margolin, Sizzle Ohtaka, István Téglás

Composition/Voice/Music: Sizzle Ohtaka, Koichi Makigami, Hiromu Motonaga, Tcha Limberger

Text: The Company
Scenic & Costume Design:
Nick Vaughan
Lighting Design & Photography:
Rie Ono


"Not About Romanian Cinema: POONARC"
Photo by Ayumi Sakamoto

Films in the performance are excerpted from work by 2009 Cannes prize winner Corneliu Porumboiu; and others including John Cage; Milcho Manchevski; Hiroki Oiishi; Rudy Burckhardt; Julie Martin, Billy Klüver and Barbro Schultz Lundestam; Cristi Puiu and Jacob Burckhardt.

Danspace Project (USA), Casa de Cultura a Mun. Arad (Romania), GroundFloor Group (Romania), Root Culture (Japan)

Executive Producer:
Bonnie Sue Stein/GOH Productions

Assistant to the Producer: Alessandra L. Larson



"Not About Romanian Cinema: POONARC" - Photo by Yi Zhao

As a Citizen of the World: Yoshiko knows the best cultural diplomacy is not international one night stands, but living, working, talking, cooking, dancing and walking together —building an understanding concern through mutual creation. Her human sympathy is her hidden artistic agenda, inevitably international, helping we who watch it realize what our worlds are made of.
-- Jenneth Webster, Producer, Lincoln Center Out of Doors 1988 -2007


"Not About Romanian Cinema: POONARC"- Ayumi Sakamoto photo
Composer/musician Sizzle Ohtaka singing in "Not About Romanian Cinema: POONARC" in Romania, Spring 2009. Photo by Ioan Virag.

Cover Art Illustration: Hidetomo Mita

Press contact: Jonathan Slaff & Associates

* POONARC means "Page Out of Order Not About Romanian Cinema."

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