Global traditions flow together in this latest work by Bessie Award-winning choreographer, Kota Yamazaki.
Inspired by Japanese ritual poetry readings held at the Imperial Palace, Yamazaki’s OQ (ookyu is the phonetic reading of the Japanese word for “palace”) featured dancers from diverse cultural and dance backgrounds including Western Contemporary, butoha, and hip-hop.
Kota Yamazaki was born in Niigata and studied fashion design in Tokyo. He was first introduced to butoh through the teachings of Akira Kasai at the age of 18. He was a finalist in the Platform of Bognolet Competition in France, and then formed his Tokyo-based dance company, Rosy co., where he created original works in collaboration with various artists, including architect Toyo Ito, until its close in 2001. Since Yamazaki moved his base to New York in 2002, his work has been presented nationally and internationally at PICA’s TBA Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival, BAM Harvey Theater, Dance Theater Workshop and NUS for the Arts in Singapore, among others. He has taught at Bennington College, Barnard College at Columbia University, Yotsuya Art Studium, Kyoto Zoukei University and Seoul National University. In 2007, Yamazaki received the New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”) with Germaine Acogny for the choreography of FAGAALA performed by Senegal-based dance company Jant-Bi. Since 2009, he has served as the Director for Body Arts Laboratory and for the Whenever Wherever Festival in Tokyo.
Eventz Paul is currently the Technical Director and Productions Manager at Miami Light Project. He has been a part of this organization since 2011. He participated in Miami Light Project’s first class of the Technical Fellowship Program held at The Light Box. He joined this program hoping to improve his existing theater skills. He received training from experts in the industry that mentored and further his theater technical skills. Now, he has successfully used his professional knowledge and has had the opportunity to work with various arts organizations and venues throughout Miami including Miami Theater Center, National Young Arts Foundation, the Colony Theatre and many more. He has become an instructor and conducts audiovisual classes to incoming technical fellows.
Beth Boone has been the Artistic & Executive Director of Miami Light Project since 1998, developing critically acclaimed artistic programs that have asserted the organization as one of the leading cultural institutions in South Florida. These programs include: the establishment of Here & Now, South Florida’s most respected commission and presenting program for community-based artists; premiere presentations of internationally acclaimed; pioneering historic international cultural exchange with Cuba; and the creation of The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, a multi-use performance and visual art space in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. She previously served as Associate Director of Development for Florida Grand Opera, Deputy Director for the Department of Cultural Affairs at Miami Dade Community College, Wolfson Campus, co-founded an Off Broadway theater company (New York Rep), and served for six years as a Program Associate in the Arts & Culture Program of the AT&T Foundation. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, and a MFA in Theater Arts from Brandeis University in Boston, MA.