Onion

an inkBoat production
Quartet | 70 minutes

Commissioned by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts,  2002.

“Onion is a half trembling, half laughing affirmation of self, embracing history and mortality. In this existential landscape, the dancers, with an exacting and flawless technique, effectively limn ineffable states of consciousness with precise gestures and flashes of genuine humor that catch one completely off guard. Onion combines various performance techniques, including Butoh and improvisation, in a deceptively simple, thematically rich narrative advanced largely through movement and the lush ambient score. A vivid yet nearly wordless work of unusual subtlety and force.”
-Robert Avila, SF Bay Guardian, Jan 1 2003

Conception and Direction
Shinichi Iova-Koga & inkBoat

Development and Performance
Yuko Kaseki
Shinichi Iova-Koga
Sten Rudstrøm
Haruko Nishimura

Realization
inkBoat

Sound Design
Dan Rathbun

Lighting Design
Allen Willner

Music
Carla Kihlstedt
Dan Rathbun

Costume Design
Alenka Mullin-Loesch
Erin Blendu

Set Design
Frank Lee and inkBoat

Set Dressing
Mary-Lois Hare

Staging Consultant
Ellen Sebastian Chang