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From the paradoxes of assumed truths, “Iron Jane” challenges expected hierarchies of weight and affirms the essence that lies beneath.Created By: Donna Uchizono Company (La Donna Dance, Inc.)
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Donna Uchizono Company (La Donna Dance, Inc.)New York, NY
Donna Uchizono is the Artistic Director of Donna Uchizono Company, a New York-based company who has toured throughout the United States, Europe, South America and Asia with an upcoming tour to Australia. Since her choreographic debut in 1990, Uchizono rapidly emerged from the “downtown scene” as a choreographer known for her spicy movement, wit and rich invention and has created work for notables Mikhail Baryshnikov, Pultzer Prize Winning Playwright, Paula Vogel, MacArthur Fellow, David Hammons and most recently for Oliver Sack’s 80th birthday celebration.
In addition to being a Guggenheim Fellow and a “Bessie” award winner, Uchizono has been recognized by many awards, including Alpert Award in Dance, the MAP Fund, National Dance Project, National Endowment for the Arts, four New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, New York State Council on the Arts, Creative Capital Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Joyce Mertz- Gilmore Foundation, Arts International, Harkness Foundation for Dance, Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust, Greenwall Foundation, Meet the Composer, and Bossak Heilbron Charitable Foundation among others.
Uchizono’s work is characterized by its numerous collaborative projects and her interest in original music for dance and collaborations with composers are the hallmarks of Uchizono’s work. Uchizono has collaborated with Composers Fred Frith, “Butch” Morris, Tom Cora and James Lo, Visual Artist David Hammons, Lighting Designers Joe Levasseur and Stan Pressner and Video Artist Maya Ciarrochi. Her project Low, a collaboration with Composer Guy Yarden, received a “Bessie” (New York Dance and Performance Award) for both Uchizono and Yarden. Uchizono’s interest in original and live music for performance is evidenced by her role as co-creator,-director and -curator of “Bread to the Bone”, a live music/dance series at The Knitting Factory in New York City and has served as a panelist for Meet the Composer and Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust Music.
Since 1990 she has regularly taught workshops and classes in the U.S., Europe, and South America. She has participated in festivals and teaching institutions in Spain, Switzerland, Denmark, France, Portugal, Belgium, Slovenia, Argentina, and Romania. In the U.S., Uchizono has been a guest choreographer at various universities and colleges, including Temple University, Barnard College, Bryn Mawr, Sarah Lawrence College, Wesleyan University, California Institute of the Arts, UCLA, and the University of Minnesota, and currently teaches at Macaulay Honors College. Uchizono is a member of the Artist Advisory Board at Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, where she was a founding member and Chair from 1990-1995, setting up a forum for artists to discuss issues.
Excerpt of Thin Air (2007)
“I am drawn to a redefined sense of ‘virtuosity’, a virtuosity that widens the range of markers for skill/excellence to include duration, patience, the minute, intensely detailed movement and sets them against human standards.” This section exemplifies Uchizono’s rigor and dedication to developing new movement vocabularies that redefine virtuosity – and that through refined detail draw the viewer’s perception to ever more intimate proximity.
Approaching Green, a work for four dancers by choreographer Donna Uchizono, poses provocative questions about the need for true, real contact. Uchizono uses the experience of witnessing an Indian spiritual guide named Ammachi hug over 5,000 people within a 15-hour period as an inspiring springboard. The surprising result is a dance permeated with the presence of aging. The inevitable walk towards aging evolves without commentary, contrasting the playful and the serious, juxtaposing bold gestures with subtle nuances.