On May 16, 2015, Yass Hakoshima Movement Theatre (http://www.yasshakoshima.com) will perform with the music of Sirius Quartet at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ in an extraordinary production entitled “Conversations with Sculptures.” Incorporating tantalizing music with Japanese theatre dance around sculptural art, this show is a remarkable collaboration whereby the choreography developed by Yass is a visualization of music in a unique and beautiful setting.
International artist Yass Hakoshima, hailed by many as Japan’s Marcel Marceau, has spent more than 40 years dancing to live music and is a 10-time awardee of the Live Music for Dance grant. He uses perfect physical control and imagination to combine the intensity of Japanese Noh Theatre, the drama of classical mime, and the athleticism of American modern dance. Yass Hakoshima Movement Theatre mesmerizes audiences with sculptural props, masks, and costumes. The New York Times is quoted, “To watch Yass Hakoshima perform is to be captured and captivated…”
For “Conversations with Sculptures,” Sirius Quartet will surf in a vast ocean of spontaneous sonic creation by skillfully blending the precision of classical music with the energy of rock, metal, and free jazz. Yass has chosen the following for Sirius to play on May 16th:
Charles Ives: String Quartets #1 and #2
Gregor Huebner: Times Square 7 PM, from “NY Suite”
Robin Rodheli : Trees
Sirius Quartet: Prepared Improvisations
While Sirius plays, Yass will engage the listening audience with theatre company members Christopher Byrnes and Michela Musolino by utilizing the background of two exhibits at Grounds for Sculpture. A special presentation within the performance will showcase Yass creating a giant Japanese calligraphy work on white rice paper. Yass will skillfully and dramatically paint the Japanese letters for the year of the sheep on a vertical standing screen. (The background of the second art exhibit mentioned below is the perfect plain, yet undulating environment for this scene.)
The exhibits at Grounds for Sculpture are: first, “Three Graces” by Toshiko Takaezu. This outdoor sculpture is a trio of cylindrical bases cast of bronze. The human scale and voluptuous form of each of the “Three Graces,” coupled with their title, invite figurative interpretation; while the varied patinas refer to their natural surroundings. The second exhibit entitled “Force of Nature, Shiro” by Korean-born artist Jae Ko transforms over 20,000 pounds of varying shades of white recycled Kraft paper to span more than 80 feet. The installation is described by the artist as “a glacier cut or sliced to expose the ancient layers within it” and is part of a series funded in part by the National Endowment of the Arts.
“Conversations with Sculptures” is an opportunity for the Yass Hakoshima Movement Theatre and Sirius Quartet to connect with an entirely new audience in an artistic setting. Spectators will surely walk away emotionally awakened from such an interdisciplinary arts experience, gaining a specific awareness of body language as a means of musical expression. The cost of this 1.5 hour long production will be free with museum admission. Expected attendance is 250.