Born in Hiroshima, Yokoshi has lived in New York since 1987 but travels regularly to Japan to study and train with Seyama. Joining Yokoshi in BELL is a multi-cultural cast including Kabuki actor/dancer Kuniya Sawamura, vocalists Gelsey Bell and Sanshichiro Kineya, dancers Kayo Seyama (Masumi Seyama's eldest disciple), Julie Alexander, Lindsay Clark and Jennifer Lafferty, drummer Tadayuki Mochizuki and shamisen player Yoko Reikano Kimura, among others. The creative team includes sound designer Soichiro Migita, lighting designer RodeRick Murray and costume and set designer Akiko Iwasaki.
"Yasuko Yokoshi has a supremely well-honed artistic voice, and we are extremely pleased to have her as the inaugural Resident Commissioned Artist," commented Carla Peterson, Artistic Director of New York Live Arts. "Having had a relationship with Dance Theater Workshop beginning with her debut as a Fresh Tracks artist in 1998, we have witnessed first-hand her development into a masterful choreographer whose radical works live with unusual sensitivity and beauty in the complex in-between of disparate cultures. We're excited that BELL, with its further study of Kabuki Su-odori and its cultural and artistic implications, will bear the fruits of this extraordinary artistic journey."
Come Early Conversations and Stay Late Discussions will also be featured with two shows. Tickets are $30 and $15 and may be purchased online at tickets.newyorklivearts.org, by phone at 212-924-0077 and in person at the box office. Box office hours are Monday to Friday from 1 to 9pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 8pm.
March 16, 19 - 23, 2013 at 7:30pm
Bessie Schönberg Theater, New York Live Arts Tickets: $30, 15
T: 212-924-0077 | www.newyorklivearts.org
219 W 19th Street, New York, NY 10011
Box Office hours: Monday-Friday 1 - 9pm | Saturday-Sunday 12 - 8pm
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In her Shared Practice Workshop, Yokoshi will be sharing the process of character-based improvisation which she incorporated in creating BELL. This Shared Practice targets performers and makers interested in exploring solo improvisational dancing using dramatic scenarios and/or emotional states.
March 21, 2013 at 6:30pm
Come Early Conversation: Building Bell
Moderated by Reginald Jackson (Asst. Prof., East Asian Languages at the University of Chicago)