Join us for “No(h) to Trio A: Dance Dramaturgy of Aging in a Performative Exhibition of Yvonne Rainer’s Work,” a talk by Nanako Nakajima, which will be followed by a discussion with avant-garde choreographer and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer. Nakajima will draw on her recent book The Aging Body in Dance: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (Routledge, 2017), which compares youth-oriented Western cultures to dance cultures like Japan’s in which aging performers are celebrated as part of the country’s living heritage. Nakajima will discuss these themes in the context of the exhibition she curated in 2017, Yvonne Rainer Performative Exhibition, for the Kyoto Art Theater Shuju-za.
Nanako Nakajima is a scholar and a pioneer of dance dramaturgy, and a certified traditional Japanese dance master, Kannae Fujima. She currently teaches at the Shobi-Gakuen University, and several universities in Japan and Germany. She was a Research Fellow at the international research center Interweaving Performance Cultures at Freie Universitaet Berlin, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science at Saitama University.
Choreographer and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer trained with Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham as a dancer and was a co-founding member of the Judson Dance Theater in 1962. Her dances and films have been shown worldwide at venues including Anderson Theater, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, New York Film Festival, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, and the Museum of Modern Art. Her many awards and accolades include two John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships and a MacArthur Fellowship. Her memoir, Feelings Are Facts: A Life, was published by MIT Press in 2006. She is a Distinguished Professor Emerita of Studio Art at the University of California, Irvine.
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