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95 RITUALS (for Anna Halprin)

95 RITUALS (for Anna Halprin)

Shinichi Iova-Koga dedicates the dance/music experience "95 RITUALS" to Anna Halprin, grandmother of postmodern dance.


September 25, 2015Rova and inkBoat go slapstick

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On July 10, 2015, Rova and inkBoat performed the score by Larry Ochs, entitled “Hidden in Ochre.”  One of the MANY scores performed for 95 Rituals.


July 17, 2015: Some highlights from 95 Rituals

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95 Rituals culminated July 7-10 at the historic Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco. Audience gathered at a beach and were then led to the pier by a musical procession led by performers playing hand-crafted metal and wood chimes made by Musician/Artist Dan Gottwald.

Upon first arrival at the pier, audience came upon “Sliders” a sonic composition by Joshua Kohl (of Degenerate Art Ensemble) and Suki O’Kane, wherein performers sang overlapping individual songs that together made a rich and complex audio collage. This was accompanied by the sound of two men bailing water from and into the bay with metal pails. From the pier, audience were invited onto the Eureka, a beautiful ferry boat retired from service in th 1940’s. Upon first entering the boat, audience were encouraged to explore multiple scores, both sonic and physical that took place throughout the ground floor. Joshua’s “Memory Tree” was a recorded montage of performers’ ruminations on Anna Halprin’s life. In “Engine Room,” Suki O’Kane used a string bow and simple ampification tools to play the boat itself, eliciting live, hauting tones from the inner chamber of the vessel.

On July 9 and 10 we were fortunate to have with us guest perfomers Rova Saxophone Quartet. On July 9th they played “Curling” by John Zorn. On July 10th they performed “Hidden in Ochre” by Larry Ochs. Both nights dancers improvised  while the boat resounded with their music.

Inspired in part by traditional Sea Shanties, the penultimate piece of 95 Rituals was a song in two harmonic parts that the audience learned and sang with us. Composed by Crow Nishimura of Degenerate Art Ensemble, the rousing tune culminated in a communal celebratory swirl of stomping, clapping and waltzing.

From here audience and performers traveled together to gaze at the horizon and watch any final cameos by sea lions, pelicans or gulls.


June 24, 2015: 95 Rituals coming up!

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95 RITUALS culminates this July

Tuesday-Saturday, July 7-11, 5-8pm**
Hyde Street Pier and surrounding area, SF

“Ritual is another word that needs a new definition… Ritual, as I use the term, refers to an artistic process by which people gather and unify themselves in order to confront the challenges of their existence.” ~ Anna Halprin

Performed by inkboat: Yuko Kaseki, Sten Rudstrøm, Heekyung Cho, Joshua Kohl, Crow Nishimura, Dohee Lee, Dana Iova-Koga, Suki O’Kane, Shinichi Iova-Koga and Sherwood Chen; Guest performers: Rova Saxophone Quartet, Oguri and Roxanne Steinberg; Direction: Shinichi Iova-Koga

*No two showings the same; audience can come & go,  or stay for the entire event.

**The Hyde Street Pier normally closes at 5pm and will stay open late for the free 95 Rituals performances

The Hyde Street Pier is part of the San Francisco Maritime Historical Park located off of Jefferson St @ Hyde St.

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95 RITUALS is inspired by Anna Halprin, a visionary artist whose work radically expanded the purpose, process, and content of dancemaking. 95 Rituals will premiere when Ms. Halprin turns 95 years old and will wrestle with both structural and conceptual issues germane to referencing, departing from, and paying homage to an artist whose body of work spans seven decades, during which there have been monumental cultural and societal shifts.  The piece will premiere in San Francisco in 8-10 admission-free outdoor performances.

Lead artist Shinichi Iova-Koga writes: “The process of working with Anna on three projects (Associate Director for “Spirit of Place,” “Parades and Changes” and performer/collaborator in the duet “Song of Songs.”) has significantly expanded my sense of environment and human-kind’s relation to the larger world. A project about/influenced/honoring her is an opportunity to not only explore her process, but her motivations and to examine the forces that shaped her. I believe that working with the fundamental principles that Anna has articulated will yield something unlike what Anna has or would make. This piece will be for Anna.” Shinichi will structure the piece around 95 different scores for rituals (performances with a purpose) that he and inkBoat create along with contributions from a wide range of visual and performing artists, including one or more from Anna herself. Each artist will be given a template based on Anna’s ground-breaking RSVP approach to the creative process—a system for collaborationthat she developed with her husband—and will be free to interpret its process of Resources, Score, Valuaction and Performance in his/her own way, within the parameters defined by Shinichi.

95 Rituals will use a central core of eight performers to enact a selection of the scores (chosen by Shinichi), all of whom are inkBoat members and many of whom have a previous artistic relationship with Anna. The piece will include solos, duos, group pieces and the full ensemble, as well as a cameo appearance by Anna. Some scores will be dance centric and others will be music-centric.

Kronos Quartet will peform with inkBoat at the YBCA Forum on June 21.  Joshua Kohl will be overseeing the musical thread between Kronos, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Kugelplex, Carla Kihlstedt, Free Salamander Exhibit and Suki O'Kane.

Though he has not yet worked in the past with Kronos, Shinichi has collaborated in depth with former Kronos cellist Joan Jeanrenaud on the project "ODD." Joshua Kohl has collaborated with Kronos on the project "Predator Songstress."  All other groups have a long history of collaboration with Shinichi.

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Line Between

Izzie Award (2013) winning "Line Between" was created collaboratively, initially by Shinichi Iova-Koga and Dohee Lee as a theatrical dance duet, which expanded to include Dana Iova-Koga as Director, Amy Rathbone (installation), Allen Willner (lighting), Frank Lee (set pieces) and Alice Wu (costumes) as visual collaborators (all recepients of the Izzie "Outstanding Achievement in VISUAL DESIGN), Suki O'Kane and Jason Ditzian as composer/performers and Peiling Kao as an invisible person.


Conception, Direction and Choreography Shinichi Iova-Koga Choreography and Performance Takuya Ishide, Sten Rudstrøm, Yuko Kaseki, Heini Nukari, Dohee Lee, Dana Iova-Koga and Sherwood Chen Music Composition and Design Joshua Kohl

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Collaboration between inkBoat and ROVA Saxophone Quartet (represented in this application by Larry Ochs. Featuring Shinichi Iova-Koga and Yuko Kaseki. Video by Eric Koziol. Direction by Ernie Lafky. Lighting by Allen Willner

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06/21/2015 - 07/11/2015


San Francisco, California

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Last Updated September 25, 2015

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Shinichi Iova-Koga

San Francisco, California

Shinichi is the Artistic Director of the San Francisco based performance company inkBoat, founded in 1998. Avant-Garde performance experiments in 1960’s Japan form the core of Shinichi’s aesthetic and physical training. Sustained collaborations from 1997 to 2007 in the Berlin and Tokyo “off-scene” have provided opportunities to work with wild people. Shinichi currently teaches dance...


Dancers' Group

San Francisco, California

Role: Project oversight and organization

Joshua Kohl

Seattle, Washington

Role: Musical oversight for all performances.

Degenerate Art Ensemble

Seattle, Washington

Role: Haruko Nishimura scoring and dancing in all performances.

suki o'kane

oakland, California

Role: Sound scoring and performance for multiple dates.

Larry Ochs

Berkeley, California

Role: Sound score and performance for July 7, 2015 with ROVA Saxophone Quartet

Kronos Quartet

San Francisco, California

Role: Sound score and performance for June 21, 2015

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