Oashisu

Oashisu 2010

Oashisu 2010

Provocative, intuitive, assured, smartly edited; their risky balances, flailing leaps and floor-grazing slides all seem to come crashing down in a glorious, bone-rattling thud.
— The Washington Post

•  See Video Excerpt   (Tenri Cultural Institute, New York City, 2010)
•  See Full Work   
(Tenri Cultural Institute, New York City, 2010)

•  See Video Excerpt   (Dance Place, Washington, DC, 2011)
•  See Full Work   (Dance Place, Washington, DC, 2011)   

Oashisu is what happened while reuniting after a rough year when all were in need of a vacation from themselves and ready to connect to a place as free of habit as possible. The Japanese concepts of  "ma" (a creative space in which the essence of artistic relationships are made tangible) and "kansha" (simultaneous gratitude and appreciation) provided the framework for this work of continual tectonic shifts, seismic surprises, and deep calm.

Conceived and Directed bySara Pearson and Patrik Widrig
Choreographed withGraham Brown, Lindsay Gilmour, Tzveta Kassabova, Betty Skeen
Original Music byJames Nyoraku Schlefer
Costumes byTzveta Kassabova
Video bySali Treek
Lighting byAriel Benjamin, Paul D. Jackson 

PremiereTenri Cultural Institute, New York City, October 2010

Tour HighlightsMuseo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, ChileSweet Briar CollegeKennedy Center Millennium StageBates Dance FestivalClarice Smith Performing Arts CenterDance Place, Washington, DCMovement Research at the Judson Church

FundingNew York State Council on the ArtsAmerican Music Center Live Music for Dance ProgramO’Donnell Green Music and Dance FoundationJon WienerFriends of PWDT