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Dancers Manami Fukuoka and Sawami Fukuoka. Photo: Kentaro Hisadomi^45 Dancers Manami Fukuoka and Sawami Fukuoka. Photo: Kentaro Hisadomi^45 Dancers Manami Fukuoka and Sawami Fukuoka. Photo: Kentaro Hisadomi^45 Dancers Manami Fukuoka and Sawami Fukuoka. Photo: Kentaro Hisadomi^45 Dancers Manami Fukuoka and Sawami Fukuoka. Photo: Kentaro Hisadomi^45 Dancers Manami Fukuoka and Sawami Fukuoka. Photo: Kentaro Hisadomi^45 Dancers Manami Fukuoka and Sawami Fukuoka. Photo: Kentaro Hisadomi^45

Yasuko Yokoshi

The word quirky does not even begin to describe the choreographer and performer Yasuko Yokoshi, a master of fearless improvisation, who channels spirits to create portraits that are both hilarious and bittersweet  – Time Out New York

Yasuko Yokoshi’s newest project as both choreographer and filmmaker, ZERO ONE investigates layers of duality and individualism, and presents the ephemerality of movement as metaphor for the transient nature of existence.

Merging two worlds – one live, the other on screen – ZERO ONE features Yokoshi‘s fluid yet surprising blend of Western contemporary and traditional Japanese choreography performed on stage by identical twins Manami and Sawami Fukuoka.  The twins embody “self” and “other” as manifestations of dual identity, for Manami has lived a life rooted in Japan and its traditional dance culture, while Sawami has lived most of her life abroad in Europe as a contemporary dance artist studying Western forms.  On screen behind the dancers appear Yokoshi’s filmed moments of two iconoclastic Japanese artists deep in their own parallel practices:  Hangman Takuzo, a performance artist who enacts the public ritual of hanging himself in his garden each day, and Namiko Kawamura, carrying out her singular, understated act of meditative walking.

In dance and ritual, these artists probe the place where they no longer control the movement, but where motion becomes the literal and metaphorical space between life and death.  Taken as a whole, ZERO ONE is a choreographic transposition of idioms that reflect upon dance as a kind of social and philosophical practice in body and in mind.

ZERO ONE is being developed in Japan during 2014 with performances scheduled at The Bird Festival (Tottori) in Fall 2014.

MAPP International seeks commissioning partners and a final developmental residency opportunity for summer or fall 2015 prior to the U.S. premiere and subsequent touring in October/November 2015.