Thursday, January 26, 2017, 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Direct Path to Detour is a new dance performance by Portland-based choreographer Takahiro Yamamoto.
In today’s culturally diverse globalized society, one is inevitably exposed to multiple aesthetics, ethics, and ideologies. This project investigates physical and emotional effects of multiple sets of cultural values and expectations crashing, negotiating, reconciling and/or floating with each other in the contemporary society, from the perspective of Yamamoto’s experience as a queer Japanese immigrant to the US.
Direct Path to Detour is planned to premiere in May 2017 at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) in Portland, Oregon.
In preparation of its presentation at the CAC in fall 2017, Yamamoto and Julian Barnett, one of the dancers in the performance, will visit Cincinnati to work on specific sections of the piece while introducing themselves to the Cincinnati community. On January 26th, a work-in-progress excerpt will be presented, followed by a casual talk-back and discussion. This preliminary discussion at this particular stage of the making process will be integral to the final presentation.
Direct Path to Detour is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by the Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati (CAC) in partnership with the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) and DiverseWorks (Houston, Texas). The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Direct Path to Detour is supported by Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program.
Takahiro Yamamoto Originally from Shizuoka, Japan, Takahiro Yamamoto is an artist based in Portland, working in live performance, sculpture, and photography. Both of his performance productions and visual art works have been presented at Links Hall (Chicago), GoDown Arts Centre (Nairobi), Bedlam Lowertown (St.Paul), Fresh Festival (San Francisco), Center on Contemporary Arts (Seattle), Rowan Gallery (Los Angeles), and Disjecta (Portland). He has performed with Morgan Thorson, Xavier Le Roy, Opiyo Okach, Mårten Spångberg, Keith Hennessy, Jmy James Kidd, Perseverance Theatre Company, and many others. He holds an MFA in Visual Studies from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. He co-directs the performance company madhause with Ben Evans, and a part of Portland-based group Physical Education with Allie Hankins, keyon gaskin, and Lu Yim.