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New Maps Performances: ANICONIC by Tableau Stations + U Define by Bon

Tableau Stations / SOMArts Cultural Center

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Two internationally constructed interdisciplinary dance performances negotiating human presence at the edge of object, image, and place, developed in India, Japan, and the US.

"ANICONIC" by Tableau Stations is a trio (Isak Immanuel, Surjit Nongmeikapam, Marina Fukushima) set in SOMArts expansive Bay Gallery. The work unfolds as an inquiry to the object quality of human relationships and the life of objects. “U Define” is a solo work by Nongmeikapam/Bon,(based in Manipur, India) creating a direct combine of the body and its environment, dug half into the ground of the theater’s outdoor garden area.



Both works were initially developed as part of the 2013 Attakkalari India Biennial and the FACETS choreography program in Bangalore, India. This complex and inspiring environment was then layered into an ongoing process. For the work “ANICONIC”, connecting to new layers created in Tokyo/Yokohama at ST Spot, and in the San Francisco Bay Area at Djerassi and Headlands Center for the Arts. “U Define” was developed further in Manipur, India and now both are being reinvestigated for site-specific undertakings at SOMArts. For this presentation, the works carry a tangled map of making, losing, and shifting. Each with their own unique points of entry and departure, they meet and sort layers of a labor of place and image-laden bodies. Representative of a new generation of movement makers and makers on the move, they present works as new maps, becoming boundless and detailed in a shifting global ecology.

Presented in part, with the support of the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Theatre Bay Area CA$H, Attakkalari FACETS Program, Headlands Center for the Arts, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Djerassi Resident Artist Program, and SOMArts Cultural Center.

 


More details regarding each work:

ANICONIC  (55 minutes)

“ANICONIC” is a three-part interdisciplinary dance performance negotiating the materials, images, and everyday iconoclasms that make a sense of place. A central inquiry is the ambiguous environment of various conceptual, religious, and personal ideas of the imagistic (especially human representation). Here, the work is articulated by the terrain of still tableaux and their ability to reflect on precarious notions of a “soul” or ideas of “presence”. In a process of image making and unmaking, the work acts in an uncertain space, questioning the object quality of human relationships and the life of objects. A basic premise is that sometimes such things as a brick, a chair, water, wood, or a lamp, may have a more pronounced sense of a “soul” then a human being. Here, the setting of a scene, the given environment or landscape and its makeup, is filled with questions of presence, memory, and an unsettled occupancy. The work negotiates and acts in this space. As a discursive project, the work is composed of three distinct movement choreographies, recorded text, video, and installation that question the context for a body, its images, and its living trace. 

 

Artistic Direction, Choreography, Installation: Isak Immanuel

Performance, Collaboration: Surjit Nongmeikapam, Marina Fukushima, Isak Immanuel

Sound/Music: Pictures at an Exhibition composed by Modest Mussorgsky, performed by Kazuhito Yamashita,anonymous cover songs from YouTube, and various sound constructions by the ensemble Spoken/Recorded voice from: Satyajit Ray, Jeff Wall, Nao Yoshigai, Abu Mussab Wajdi Aakkari

Directorial Advisor: Jayachandran Palazhy (part two)

 

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Tableau Stations website: www.tableaustations.org

Video preview (Aniconic): http://vimeo.com/65115425

Additional video: http://vimeo.com/tableaustations

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Preceded by Nongmeikapam/Bon's outdoor solo performance:

U Define  (20 min)

U Define” is a solo performance work that creates a direct combine of the body and its environment. For much of the work, the performer is partly buried in a hole dug into the ground and connected to ropes extending over the audience and into the surrounding space. It will take place in SOMArts outdoor garden area. The work acts between ritual, spectatorship, and a body at the edge of ecology. One line of inquiry is to the ways we may see the world through the materialistic and nature going into darkness. As we hear sounds of machines and people building houses tall enough to reach the sky, the earth is shaking and air being turned into poison due to heavy pollution, but people are enjoying their short life. As a physical question, with the body half underground and at the edge, are we aware of our future? How do we see the future Green or Grey? U Define.

Concept, Choreography, Performance: Surjit Nongmeikapam (Bon)

Sound design: Sunil Loitongbam

Installations: Bon




Video preview (U Define): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6IApDP3FdU

Artist introductory video (Nongmeikapam/Bon): http://vimeo.com/58779367

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Artist profiles:

Tableau Stations is a performance and exhibition series creating work in dance and the visual arts. It was created as a platform to engage local and global questions of place.  Initiated (with the project Floor of Sky in 2004) by interdisciplinary artist and choreographer Isak Immanuel, the works serve as an inquiry on how to negotiate contemporary public spaces of a city with the intimacies and economies of individual bodies.  It is work in the area of travel, absence, inversion, and how to open a map through collaboration and experimentation. Since its conception, numerous solo, ensemble, and site- specific performances, videos, and mixed media photography works have been created within the context of theaters, galleries, museums, metro stations, airports, intersections, and civic spaces in the United States, Asia, and Europe.  www.tableaustations.org


Isak Immanuel

Isak Immanuel is an interdisciplinary artist, choreographer, and dancer making work within quotidian spaces, theaters, galleries, and for camera. As a platform to engage local and global questions of place, he founded Tableau Stations (initiated with the project Floor of Sky in 2004). Recent work has been at the Akiyoshidai International Art Village in Japan, the 2013 Attakkalari India Biennial with a FACETS choreography residency in Bangalore, India, at the Taipei International Artist Village and the HweiLan International Artists Workshop in Taiwan, Moving_Movimento - Fabrica Europa in Italy, at Dock11 and F40 Theatre Thikwa in Berlin, at CESTA (Cultural Exchange Station Tabor Arts) in the Czech Republic, and at New Langton Arts, CounterPULSE, SOMArts, Headlands Center for the Arts, and Djerassi in the San Francisco Bay Area. In January 2009, photographs and text from the project Clothes x Sun was featured in the European dance magazine ballettanz. In 2010, fellowship was awarded from the Japan-US Friendship Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2012, work was nominated for the 7th International Choreography Competition - no ballet in Ludwigshafen, Germany. For 2014, he was selected to take part in CHIME Across Borders (choreographers in mentorship exchange), with Dana Reitz in San Francisco. Initially a visual artist, Immanuel received a BFA from the California College of the Arts (1999) and has since been engaged in extensive research projects and worked with several movement artists internationally, including Anna Halprin (Tamalpa/Dancers’ Workshop), Katsura Kan (Saltimbanques), Yuko Kaseki (cokaseki), Thomas Langhoff (Munich State Opera/SF Opera), Koichi and Hiroko Tamano (Harupin Ha), Shinichi Iova-Koga (inkBoat), and Luigi Coppola (LOSS/Atti Democratici). He grew up on the mesas of Taos, New Mexico and in the inner-city area of East Los Angeles.


Surjit Nongmeikapam

Surjit Nongmeikapam (Bon) is a contemporary dancer and performance artist from Manipur, India. He has learned numerous forms of classical Indian dance and martial art (including Kathak, Kalaripayattu, Manipuri, contemporary dance and Thang-ta-martial arts). He is also one of the first few dancers in Manipur to engage with contemporary dance forms and seek to promote its development beyond the traditional conservatives of Manipuri cultures. He studied B.A. in choreography from Natya Institute of Kathak and Choreography and was a contemporary dancer at Natya Stem Dance Kampni, Bangalore and an Indian traditional dancer of Natya Maya, Bangalore. He has performed solo and with many other International choreographers and directors as a freelance dancer in India, Singapore, Japan, Switzerland, and France. He has been a resident artist at Gati Summer dance and Yellow Line project in New Delhi, the Attakkalari International Choreography residency in Bangalore, and Zürcher Theater Spektakel (Zürich Theatre Spectacle) in Switzerland. Also, he is invested in the making of experimental dance films with local and international film-makers; working on such collaborations as Underline with Frédéric Lombard, Black Pot and Movement with Mayuka Ueno Gayer, and is a featured artist in Choy Ka Fai's innovative documentary project SoftMachine that studies contemporary dance in Asia and the choreographic process of contemporary dance developed over the last decade.


Marina Fukushima

Marina Fukushima, born in Tokyo, Japan, is a dancer and choreographer based in San Francisco, US. She received her BFA in Dance from Butler University and MFA in Dance from the University of Iowa. Her ensemble choreography was presented at the American College Dance Festival, KUNST-STOFF arts fest, West Wave Dance Festival at Theater Artaud, and Resident Artist Workshop at The Garage. Her solo work Half Baked Lipstick was presented at CounterPULSE, 418 Dance Project, and ODC Theater/Pilot 51. In 2012, she choreographed in a motion picture, Brujo, directed by Glen Mack and performed as an actress and dancer. In collaboration with visual designer Olivia Ting, she created the video work Wrinkle in the Horizon in 2013. For a following series, she received a Theatre Bay Area CA$H Grant and was an Artist in Resident at Treasure Hill Artist Village in Taipei; the culmination of this work will be presented at the Joe Goode Annex in September, 2014. She has danced with Lenora Lee Dance, KUNST-STOFF, Catherine Galasso, Mark Foehringer Dance Project, Christine Bonansea, Epiphany Productions, ODC, project agora, Isak Immanuel/Tableau Stations, and toured across the US and internationally in Germany, Greece, Japan, and Peru.

 

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New Maps International Performances: ANICONIC bTableau Stations + U Define by Bon/Nongmeikapam is supported by the SOMArts Cultural Center’s Affordable Space Program, which provides subsidized, large-scale affordable space and technical assistance to nonprofits. SOMArts receives support from the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Community Arts and Education Program with funding from Grants for the Arts/The Hotel Tax Fund. The mission of SOMArts is to promote and nurture art on the community level and foster an appreciation of and respect for all cultures.


To find out about SOMArts classes, events and exhibitions, please visit www.somarts.org.


Have questions about New Maps Performances: ANICONIC by Tableau Stations + U Define by Bon? Contact Tableau Stations / SOMArts Cultural Center

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SOMArts Cultural Center
934 Brannan Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

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Tableau Stations / SOMArts Cultural Center

Tableau Stations is a performance and exhibition series creating work in dance and the visual arts. It was created as a platform to engage local and global questions of place. Initiated (with the project Floor of Sky in 2004) by interdisciplinary artist and choreographer Isak Immanuel, the works serve as an inquiry on how to negotiate contemporary public spaces of a city with the intimacies and economies of individual bodies.  It is work in the area of travel, absence, inversion, and how to open a map through collaboration and experimentation. Since its conception, numerous solo, ensemble, and site- specific performances, videos, and mixed media photography works have been created within the context of theaters, galleries, museums, metro stations, airports, intersections, and civic spaces in the United States, Asia, and Europe.

 

For more information on Tableau Stations, please visit  www.tableaustations.org

 

New Maps International Performances: ANICONIC bTableau Stations + U Define by Bon is supported by the SOMArts Cultural Center’s Affordable Space Program, which provides subsidized, large-scale affordable space and technical assistance to nonprofits. SOMArts receives support from the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Community Arts and Education Program with funding from Grants for the Arts/The Hotel Tax Fund. The mission of SOMArts is to promote and nurture art on the community level and foster an appreciation of and respect for all cultures.


To find out about SOMArts classes, events and exhibitions, please visit www.somarts.org.


  Contact the Organizer

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