Collaboration with ODC/KT Nelson on “Listening Last”

ODC Dance Company
co-choreographed and directed by KT Nelson and Shinichi Iova-Koga

Shinichi Iova-Koga collaborates with ODC Co-Artistic Director KT Nelson to create Listening Last, a ODC/Dance full-company work that investigates the impact of human life on the environment. Listening Last features an original soundscape by musician and instrument-builder Dan Rathbun, who incorporates sounds from the natural world and city life with traces of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. For Nelson and Iova-Koga, the excitement of collaborating on this work has been the challenge of uniting their very different movement sensibilities. Iova-Koga describes his technique as generating only “the essential,” while Nelson describes her own movement style as “intricate, kinetic and full-bodied.” In the process of creation, both choreographers have taken pages from each other’s book to form something that is like neither… and both of them.

 

Performed March 2011 at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

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