In lieu of a regular workshop presentation this week, Art and Politics in East Asia will be cooperating with the Center for East Asian Studies in presenting a screening of Hangman Takuzo, a work in progress by Yasuko Yokoshi (information on additional events with Yasuko can be found here: http://ceas.uchicago.edu/events/index.shtml). The screening will be followed by a Q&A session, and dinner will be provided. Details follow below:
Hangman Takuzo (DVD; 45 minutes — work in progress)
by Yasuko Yokoshi
*Please note change in time and location*
Center for East Asian Studies, 5:30 November 9
Dancer and choreographer Yasuko Yokoshi’s latest project Hangman Takuzo seeks to capture moments in dance which she describes as “a permanently vacant lot, a beautiful space you cannot possess.” Hangman Takuzo is the name used by a Japanese performance artist who has been disappearing from the pain of being through the art of suspension for over 40 years. Every day he hangs himself from a tree in his garden. His girlfriend, the legendary dance artist Mika Kurosawa, describes the experience as the opposite of suicide: it conveys “the warmth of being and a yearning for life.”The film, now in post-production, features Takuzo, Mika Kurosawa, and the unforgettable 73-year old Namiko Kawamura, who is known for her Zenshin-Hoko (Naked-Walking-Forward) performance.
A question and answer session with Yasuko Yokoshi will take place after the screening.