an inkBoat production
Ensemble | 75 minutes


c(H)ord commissioned by YERBA BUENA CENTER FOR THE ARTS.

Premiere  APRIL 24 2008


Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) presents inkBoat in the world premiere of c(H)ord, April 24 through 26, 2008. Continuing its long-standing relationship with Artistic Director Shinichi Iova-Koga (a Wattis Artist in Residence at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in 2002 (performing “Onion”) and in 2004 presenting the award winning “Ame to Ame”), YBCA has commissioned this exciting work that represents the innovative, hybridized theater happening on the international stage.

c(H)ord binds the cacophony of lives erupting from the mud. Stained by ancestry, folk culture, wild nature and nostalgia, these creatures scuttle and crawl, tear at the earth and sing to the sky. Multitudes of histories unearth, bones clatter and reverberate under the skin. Shinichi Iova-Koga collaborates with Joshua Kohl (of Degenerate Art Ensemble), Yuko Kaseki, Sten Rudstrøm, Takuya Ishide, Dohee Lee, Sherwood Chen, Dana Iova-Koga and Heini Nukari. These Japanese, Finnish, German, Korean and American artists create a collision of light and motion, raucous vocals and percussion. Visually evocative, c(H)ord boils dance theater down to the raw elements. Eloquent. Provocative. A singularly stunning world of figures trapped between then and now, alienation and friendship.

The design team, comprised of Frank Lee and Mary Lois Hare (set design), Allen Willner (lighting design) and Johnny Kim (costume design), will be integrating their experiences with architecture, floral design, sculpture, painting and textile design to create the world of “c(H)ord”- a world that will blend industrial and natural elements, function and beauty.inkBoat, Yuko Kaseki, Dana Iova-Koga, Shinichi Iova-Koga

Conception, Direction and Choreography
Shinichi Iova-Koga

Choreography and Performance
Takuya Ishide, Sten Rudstrøm, Yuko Kaseki, Heini Nukari, Dohee Lee, Dana Iova-Koga and Sherwood Chen

Music Composition and Design
Joshua Kohl

Set Design
Frank Lee and Mary Lois Hare

Lighting Design
Allen Willner

Costume Design
Johnny Kim

Costume Assistants
Dohee Lee (design advice and construction), Sevilla Granger (textiles), Saara Reidsama, Chelsea Heikes (textiles), Hana Hammer, Julie Brown (accessories design), Loo Lin, HIroki Saito (hair design), Elizabeth Sibel, Monica Kim

Early Ensemble Work
Haruko Nishimura

Production/Stage Manager
Samantha Schwartz

Sound Consultation & Wireless Solutions
Dan Rathbun

Sound Manipulation Software created for c(H)ord
Jeffrey Huston

Production Assistance
Joshua McDermott

Production Volunteers
Trey Donovan (instrument improvement), Jody Christian, Chelsea Heikes (outreach), Zachary Davis (set construction), Dragisa Krsmanovic


Ernie Lafky

Funding and Support
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, Irvine Foundation/Dance USA Creation to Performance Grant, Dancers’ Group, Zellerbach Family Fund and Japan Foundation, Anna and Lawrence Halprin and Mountain Home Studio, May Lawrence and her irrestible restaurant LURE in San Mateo, Bill Bevis, Juliette Crump, Jeremy Morgan, Maia Rosal, Rob Bailis and ODC and Cellspace.