Newsletter November 29, 2011

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The School of Hard Knocks PRESENTS

Occupation Layer: PALESTINE

An installation with performances
December 7 – 10, 2011
Installation by Yoshiko Chuma
Photographs by Robert Flynt

with segments from 6 Seconds in Ramallah
Concept and Direction: Yoshiko Chuma
Performers: Yoshiko Chuma, Saori Tsukada & Sophia Harb

128 Rivington Street
New York, NY 10002

Wednesday – Saturday, December 7-10; 1-6pm
Opening Reception on December 7 from 6-7pm
Wednesday – Saturday, December 7-10; 7-9pm
Suggested Admission $10

LIMITED SEATING.  Reservations recommended.  

Email nakamurakaya@gmail.com

6 Seconds in Ramallah, a collaboration between Yoshiko Chuma and members of the El-Funoun Dance Troupe (Palestine), premiered in April 2011 at the Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival with additional engagements in Jordan and Lebanon.  The project continues Chuma’s lifetime fascination with cross-cultural dialogue. Chuma first came to the Middle East in 2008 to work with artists and of various socioeconomic backgrounds and geographic origins from Jordan.  This led to the fortuitous meeting of Chuma with members of El-Funoun, which developed into a three-year project started last spring.  Robert Flynt worked simultaneously alongside Chuma interacting with the members of the El-Funoun Dance Troupe to generate a body of photographs.   

Together with longtime collaborator Saori Tsukada and Palestinian-born Sophia Harb, Chuma will share segments from 6 Seconds in Ramallah that address, in abstract terms, the notion of dislocation in general.  Using the notion of Palestine as a mirror to the devastation in Japan, Chuma explores the challenge in maintaining identity separate from one’s homeland in the face of cultural or psychological alienation.  




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