“The simplicity and rigor of the tiny gestures appeared to come from somewhere outside time. The force with which they repeatedly fell or threw themselves to the floor looked propelled by more than earthly gravity.”
-Rita Felciano, Dance View Times
A collaboration between inkBoat and Ko Murobushi.
Produced and Presented by: inkBoat, U.S./Japan Cultural Trade Network and San Francisco International Arts Festival.
Co-Directors: Shinichi Iova-Koga and Ko Murobushi
Performed by: Sherwood Chen, Ko Murobushi, Shinichi Iova-Koga and Peiling Kao
Composers: Shahzad Ali Ismaily, Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi
Lighting Design: Allen Willner
Props: Frank Lee
Production Coordinator/Sound Operator: Gretchen Jude
Publicity Manager: Jochelle Pereña
Photography: Pak Han
Performed at SF International Arts Festival 2012 at Marines Memorial Theater.
“Who will not end up as a skeleton? We appear as skeletons covered with skin, male and female, and lust after each other. When the breath expires, though, the skin ruptures, sex disappears, and there is no more high or low. Underneath the skin of the person we fondle and caress right now is nothing more than a bare set of bones. Think about it – high and low, young and old, male and female, all the same. Awaken to this one great matter and you will immediately comprehend the meaning of “unborn and undying.”
Have a good look – stop the breath, peel off the skin, and everybody ends up looking the same. No matter how long you live, the result is not altered. Cast off the notion that “I exist.” Entrust yourself to the windblown clouds, and do not wish to live forever.
~selections from Skeletons by Ikkyu Sojun, translated by John Stevens, from his Wild Ways
In Memory of Ko Murobushi (1947-2015)
Special Thanks to: Frank Lee for years of support and belief, Saara Reidsema for locating sand and salt and bones, Dan Rathbun for making the lever action, Dana Iova-Koga for keeping an eye on the money, Kyoko and Andrew for believing and supporting this work and to communities supporting our tour in Arcata, Santa Monica, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco. Also, thank you to the likes of Nina Simone and Tom Jones.
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