YASS HAKOSHIMA MOVEMENT THEATRE BOWS OUT WITH “REMEMBRANCES” (A RETROSPECTIVE)

45th anniversary season to be the last.

When: Saturday, May 14, 2016, 7:30 PM
Where: Westminster Arts Center, Bloomfield College, 449 Franklin Street, Bloomfield, NJ 07003
Tickets: $27 regular; $17 Seniors & Students, $14 groups of 6 or more ( $2 service charge per ticket )
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Box office: 973-783-9845 or e-mail: yasshakoshima@verizon.net
For more information: please contact Renate Boué, 973-783-9845

Fans of Yass Hakoshima’s unique blend of Japanese Noh Theatre, classic mime and modern dance have one final chance to see his work live on May 14th at the Westminster Arts Center in Bloomfield. Danmari Ltd. has announced that Remembrances, the 45th anniversary performance of the Yass Hakoshima Movement Theatre with the Da Capo Chamber Players and guests, will be the company’s last.

“When I look back at my professional life as an artist, I deeply appreciate so many people from around the world for their spontaneous, sincere, exciting responses, which gave me new creative -more- energy and spirit,” Hakoshima said when asked about his 50 year career. “It inspired me to create and perform for season after season!”

The internationally-acclaimed performer, choreographer, and artistic director of the Yass Hakoshima Movement Theatre have toured throughout the world for 50 years. He has appeared at more than 400 American colleges and universities in 49 states and been featured at international arts festivals in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Central and South America. He has made numerous television and film appearances, including his CINE-Golden Eagle award-winning video Dream Journey.

Hailed by many as Japan’s Marcel Marceau, Hakoshima‘s work often features commissioned scores and live music as well as sculptural props, masks and costumes. Although mime and movement theatre are perceived as silent arts, Hakoshima found that such disciplines are strengthened by the inclusion of live music and his final performance will include the Naumburg award winning Da Capo Chamber Players, one of his many long time musical collaborators who are also celebrating their 45th anniversary season.

In addition to works for his own company, Hakoshima has created stage movement for many modern plays, worked in film and television and collaborated with musicians and sculptors to achieve a synthesis of performing arts. Hakoshima’s work has been hailed widely for its innovative content and thought-provoking style including The New York Times that observed “To watch Yass Hakoshima perform is to be captured and captivated…”

Hakoshima is one of the few mime artists who explore abstract, non-narrative work including music visualization. Remembrances will feature a work he describes as “a physical rendering of the music.” Underwater Fable was inspired by Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winner George Crumb’s haunting Vox Balaenae (Voice of the Whale) a work for electric flute, cello and amplified piano. It incorporates a large ceramic sculpture by Japanese ceramic artist Toshiko Takaezu and costumes by Sahomi Tachibana. It is part of Hakoshima’s full evening work Echoes created in 2014.

Echoes tries to show just one aspect of the enormous variety that sound can play in our lives -- raising -more- joy or sadness.” Hakoshima observed. “In adapting Noh theater techniques in a realm of concentrated reality, I am creating vivid abstract images and rhythms. I hope the joy of movement and sound will awaken endless dreams.”

Hakoshima originally conceived the idea for Rashomon from the 1915 story by Ryonosuke Akutagawa. Rashomon (Encounter Under the Cloudgate)(2009) is set to a commissioned score by Raymond Lustig. It is performed by Hakoshima and Yon Tande with music performed by the Da Capo Chamber Players as well as recorded sounds.

The program concludes with a synthesis of two earlier works. Creature to what? (2006) set to music by Malaysian composer Su Lian Tan and Eagle, one of a series of solo pieces inspired by Haiku poetry, in which Hakoshima expresses his personal interpretations of Japanese traditions and theatre forms. Eagle was created in 2008 to an experimental score utilizing the sounds of wind and percussion by Samir Chatterjee.

Danmari Ltd. is the non-profit umbrella organization for the New Jersey Center for Mime and the Yass Hakoshima Movement Theatre. Danmari is the Japanese word for Mime or Silence. To see Yass reflect upon 50 years as a mime visit State of the Arts at here.

For samples of his work visit: https://vimeo.com/107311183 and http://www.yasshakoshima.com/video.html

For additional information contact: call 973-783-9845 or visit http://www.yasshakoshima.com/
Danmari Ltd. has received funding from the American Music Center’s program “Live Music for Dance,” (now “New Music USA”) as well as the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State and the Friends of Mime.

Additional information of the artists may be found at the sites below.
Yass Hakoshima http://www.yasshakoshima.com
DaCapo Chamber Players http://www.dacapochamberplayers.org/
George Crumb http://www.naxos.com/person/George_Crumb_16527/16527.htm
Raymond Lustig http://raymondlustig.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/RL-Biography-PDF-Download.pdf
Su Lian Tan www.suliantan.com
Samir Chatterjee http://www.lotusmusicanddance.org/samir-chatterjee