... Danmari Ltd. and the Yass Hakoshima Movement Theatre are proud to announce the premiere performance of “ECHOES”-- featuring Yass Hakoshima and members of the Sirius Quartet and guest artists, on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at 7:30 PM at the Westminster Arts Center, Bloomfield College. According to world-acclaimed choreographer and performer Yass Hakoshima, this exciting new program of physical drama and live music is about exploration of dreamlike, poetic nature’s sounds and interaction with human environment. “Echoes” showcases Hakoshima’s eloquent physical movement, enhanced by intense musical accompaniment. The work is set to the exciting compositions “Eleven Echoes of Autumn” and “Vox Balaenae/Voice of Whales” by the celebrated American composer George Crumb, as well as to JoanTower’s composition “Petroushskates.” Members of the Sirius Quartet -- Fung Chern Hwei and Jeremy Harman, and guest artists Vasko Dukowski, Nicole Camacho and Wenhan Yao Anderson, will collaborate with Yass Hakoshima and guest dancers.

General admission is $20, students and seniors $15. For reservations call 973-783-9845 or visit our performances page, or visit the box office one hour prior to the performance. The Westminster Arts Center at Bloomfield College is located at 449 Franklin Street, Bloomfield, NJ, 07003

“Echoes” opens the 43rd season of the Yass Hakoshima Movement Theatre, and it represents the ninth consecutive year in which a new performance work has been created incorporating live music. Hakoshima believes that the art form of mime and movement theatre, although often perceived as a silent art, is strengthened by the inclusion of music. One of the few mime artists exploring abstract, non-narrative work, Hakoshima views mime as a physical rendering of the music. This performance has been made possible in part by the American Music Center’s program “Live Music for Dance;” the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation; the NJ State Council on the Arts/Dept of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; and by the “Friends of Mime.”

Hakoshima says about “Echoes,” “I like to explore nature’s creations, like the sounds of thunder, wind, ocean waves, and all kinds of living creatures’ voices, including humans.Those invisible but powerful natural musical sounds strongly affect our daily lives, even deeply wrap up our minds. “Echoes” tries to show just one aspect of the enormous variety that sound can play in our lives -- raising joy or sadness. 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.” A sculpture by the renowned ceramic artist Toshiko Takaezu enriches the visual quality of “Echoes” in addition to the costumes created by Sahomi Tachibana.

Yass Hakoshima is the internationally-acclaimed performer, choreographer, and artistic director of the Yass Hakoshima Movement Theatre. He has been performing throughout the world for more than 40 years and has appeared at more than 400 American colleges and universities in 49 states and has been featured at international arts festivals in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Central and South America. Hakoshima has made numerous television and film appearances, including his CINE-Golden Eagle award-winning video “Dream Journey.”

A choreographer as well as a performer, he has created stage movement for many modern plays, has worked in film and television and has collaborated with musicians and sculptors to achieve a synthesis of performing arts. Hakoshima’s work is a fusion of East and West, as well as a blending of music, art, and literature, combining the tradition of mime, the mystery and fatalism of Japanese theatre, and the expansiveness of modern dance. His work has been hailed widely for its innovative content and thought-provoking style.

Yass Hakoshima is also the founder and director of the New Jersey Center for Mime (NJCM), the only training program in the state devoted solely to the development of aspiring mime artists and serious students in theatre and dance.

Danmari Ltd. is the non-profit umbrella organization for the New Jersey Center for Mime and the Yass Hakoshima Movement Theatre. The Japanese word for Mime or Silence is danmari. Danmari Ltd. has received continued funding from the American Music Center’s program “Live Music for Dance,” (now “New Music USA”), including for Hakoshima’s choreography of “Duality,” “Duality II,” “Wings,” “Rashomon,” “Arguments,” “Extremities,” and “Meian.” The New York Times and the Star-Ledger recognized the works with great critical reviews.

The Sirius Quartet, born and bred in the downtown scene of New York City, blends the precision of classical music with the energy of a rock band. The conservatory-trained musicians are also highly skilled improvisors. Whether playing acoustically or with electronic effects, they push beyond the conventional sonic vocabulary. From Lincoln Center and the Köln Triennale to the Knitting Factory and CBGB’s, the Sirius has made itself at home in a wide range of venues and musical styles. Their appearance in Yass Haskoshima’s “Meian” in 2013 brought them great critical acclaim.

For more information please contact; Renate Boué, 973-783-9845
e-mail: yasshakoshima@verizon.net
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Montclair, March 2, 2004