TEATRO DE LA PSYCHOMACHIA
Road To Nowhere
April 24, 8 pm
Joan Laage (kogut butoh) with music by Christopher Hydinger
Alex Ruhe of Danse Perdue will also be performing a solo with sounds by Empty vessel/serpentpariah.
@teatro de la Psychomachia
1534 1st Ave S (south of the stadiums)
There are many ways to conceive of a life. In the West, the notion of life as a journey is commonplace. A journey implies a destination. Events progress towards improvement, which for many people involves accumulating wealth, possessions, and prestige. But not all metaphors for life are linear. Perhaps, how you proceed is more important than any destination. What do you really have at the end of your life? Road To Nowhere explores the notion that in the end all we have is the moment. It has been performed in Portland, Chicago, Tokyo, and Krakow (Poland).
Joan Laage studied under Butoh Masters Ohno Kazuo and Ashikawa Yoko, and performed with Ashikawa’s group Gnome while living in Tokyo in the late 1980’s. She founded Dappin’ Butoh in Seattle in 1991, and is noted as a pioneer in bringing Butoh to the Pacific Northwest. As a soloist, and with her company, she has performed throughout the United States and abroad. She is featured in Sondra Horton Fraleigh’s book Dancing into Darkness: Butoh, Zen, and Japan, and performed and taught at the New York, Portland, Chicago and Paris Butoh Festivals. Joan is a member of Seattle’s Daipan Performance Collective. [www.seattlebutoh.org]
Christopher Scott Hydinger is a cross-disciplinary artist and designer, composer, musician/sound artist, writer/poet and philosopher living in Seattle since 1998. He has been a member of ARKADE, Death By Doll, Electric Chinese Orchestra, and Palodine. Christopher co-founded movement art/live music performance group PB _ TMOG with choreographer Paige Barnes in 2008. He is currently active in The Music of Grayface, PB _ TMOG, 38 44, the antenna project and The Edit Brothers. He has performed at Benaroya Hall, Neumos, On The Boards and the Triple Door sharing the stage with such acts as Pedro the Lion, The Gossip, Sun City Girls, Tara Jane O’Neil, Kinski, The Dead Science and Climax Golden Twins. He co-produced, filmed and edited two site-specific movement art-based films at the Henry Art Gallery and Northwest Film Forum with Paige Barnes in 2008. Since 2009, he and Paige have co-curated improvisation-based performance series HERE/NOW hosted by Open Flight Studio. [myspace.com/hypeisdead]