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The 96th Ritual (for Anna Halprin)
Wed, Sep 14-Sun, Dec 11
Opening Reception: Wed, Sep 14, 6-8pm
Mills College Art Museum, 5000 Macarthur Blvd, Oakland
Featuring photography, video, scores, and installation, The 96th Ritual (for Anna Halprin) explores the creative process of experimentation through documentation of the performance project 95 Rituals. Dedicated to post-modern dance pioneer Anna Halprin, the project was a series of scored performances directed by Shinichi Iova-Koga, performed by physical theatre company inkBoat, and presented by Dancers’ Group in 2015.
Tuesday-Saturday, July 7-11, 5-8pm**
Hyde Street Pier and surrounding area, SF
*No two showings were the same; audience could come & go, or stay for the entire event. Performance timing shifted each day, and the event sometimes ended before 8pm.
**The Hyde Street Pier normally closed at 5pm and stayed open late for the free 95 Rituals performances
“Ritual is another word that needs a new definition… Ritual, as I use the term, refers to an artistic process by which people gather and unify themselves in order to confront the challenges of their existence.” ~ Anna Halprin
Performed by inkBoat: Rachel Austin, Sherwood Chen, Heekyung Cho, Dana Iova-Koga, Shinichi Iova-Koga, Yuko Kaseki, Tim Kim, Joshua Kohl, Dohee Lee, Katherine McDonald, Crow Nishimura, Suki O’Kane, and Sten Rudstrøm. Read artist bios here.
July 7 & 8: Oguri & Roxanne Steinberg
July 9 & 10: Rova Saxophone Quartet
July 10: We Players
July 11: Holley Farmer & Ghost Lore (Tim Kim & Katherine McDonald)***
With community artists/performers: Yoshi Asai, Samantha Blanchard, Christine Carter, Vanessa de Fábrega, Ivola Demange, Eva Enriquez, Anne Marie Falge, Amelia Holst, Anna Jafarpour, Marilyn Jensen, Antonia Kao, Andreana Karabotsios, Wei-Shan Lai, Eun-Joung Lee, Joyce Lu, Hannah Mason, Daniel Raskin, Molly Rose-Williams, David Samas, Lea Smith, Darious Sohei, Amelia Uzategui Bonilla, Helen Wicks
Score-makers: Janine Antoni, Adrian Arias, Sarah Beckstrom, Chris Brown, Jim Cave, Moshe Cohen, brian collentine, Amy Cranch, Jess Curtis, Holley Farmer, Katie Faulkner, Fred Frith, Soto GH, Joe Goode, Joanna Haigood, Daria Halprin, Sue Heinemann, Keith Henessey, Tomoko Hiroaka, Benjamin Jarrett, Margaret Jenkins, Gretchen Jude, Debby Kajiyama, Peiling Kao, Carla Kihlstedt, John Killacky, Jo Kreiter, Hilit Maniv, Sara Shelton Mann, Adriana Marchione, Kegan Marling, Sherri Mills, Hope Mohr, Jubilith Moore, Kimi Okada, Ken Otter, Andrew Packard, Wendy Perron, Erica Pinigis, Amy Rathbone, Taira Restar, Michelle Lynch Reynolds, Edward Schocker, Erika Schuch, Ian Smith-Heisters, David Szlasa, Amara Tabor-Smith, Cassie Tunick, Brenda Way, Allen Willner, Ruth Zaporah
Installation Artists: Dan Gottwald, Frank Lee, Allen Willner
Costumes: Jung Hoon (with Dohee Lee styling), Bob Marsh
***Note: Final 95 Rituals show canceled, Sat July 11
Live performance—especially when it takes place outside and in public spaces—does not come without surprises or challenges. In response to a moment of spontaneous nudity at Friday’s performance, the planned final performance on Saturday, July 11 was canceled. Though the moment was beautiful, it was in violation of directly communicated rules from our hosts at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. The Park Rangers extended every courtesy and did their best to work with us within the rules that they must uphold. Many who heard the news recalled Anna’s storied use of nudity in performance since the 1960’s and yesterday KQED published an article by Kat Snow highlighting this unintended connection in a new work honoring her legacy and artistic process.
Dancers’ Group and inkBoat will be creating a video as well as a book that documents and pays tribute to the process of creating and performing 95 Rituals. The video and book will provide another way to participate in this project.
One lesson: do not expect the outcome. Adapt to what is.
Ritual 71: transient
Saturday, June 27, 2:30-4:30pm
Market St @ 10th St, SF
“Ritual 71: transient” was a performance in and around David Szlasa’s mobile art space, Studio 1.
Dance on Land: SF
Saturday, June 27
Free / Work-trade
inkBoat’s annual Dance on Land was in San Francisco for the first time. Participants trained sensitivities and perceptions to become more receptive to the landscape, resulting in an alternative way to address the physics and mechanics of movement. The work-trade exchange involved the participant performing in a group score as part of inkBoat’s 95 Rituals on various dates from July 1-11.
More details here
Ritual 50-70: conjunction
Sunday, June 21, 5pm
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum
Presented in association with YBCA. Performed by inkboat: Yuko Kaseki, Sten Rudstrøm, Heekyung Cho, Joshua Kohl, Crow Nishimura, Dohee Lee, Dana Iova-Koga, Suki O’Kane, Shinichi Iova-Koga with guest performers: Kronos Quartet
Sunday, June 14, all day
inkGround, Mattole Valley
Exploratory preparation for June 21 in San Francisco
Ritual 8-27: market
Sunday, May 31, 11:30am
Fort Mason Center, Farmers Market and Firehouse, SF
Ritual 8-27: market was specific to the location at the farmers market at Fort Mason, performed by inkBoat and guests, dedicated to Anna. Performed by inkboat:Yuko Kaseki, Sten Rudstrøm, Heekyung Cho, Joshua Kohl, Crow Nishimura, Dohee Lee, Dana Iova-Koga, Suki O’Kane, Shinichi Iova-Koga; Installations by: Amy Rathbone & Dan Gottwald; Direction: Shinichi Iova-Koga
co-presented by San Francisco International Arts Festival
Ritual 7: words
Thursday, May 21, 6pm
Museum of Performance + Design, 893 Folsom Street, SF
“Ritual 7: words” was a conversation between Anna Halprin and Shinichi Iova-Koga on score-making and artistic legacy, moderated by Ellen Sebastian-Chang, with special guest Janice Ross. Presented in partnership with the Museum of Performance + Design, home to the archive of Halprin’s dance work and scores. mpdsf.org
Ritual 4-6: ascent
Friday, May 1, 12 Noon
San Francisco City Hall
As part of the Rotunda Dance Series. Featured duets by Dana and Shinichi Iova-Koga, choreographed by Molissa Fenley and Wanjiru Kumuyu; Music by Suki O’Kane, Jason Ditzian, Max Baloian, Tim Kim, Katherine McDonald and Dan Gottwald Group; Direction by Shinichi Iova-Koga .
More about the Rotunda Dance Series at dancersgroup.org/rotunda
Ritual 2: future numbers
Friday, February 20, 7pm
Mills Art Museum, Oakland
Saturday, February 21, 8pm
Joe Goode Annex
401 Alabama St. (at 17th and Alabama)
San Francisco, CA 94110
Rova:Arts and inkBoat perform in “Ritual 2: future numbers,” a prelude to “95 RITUALS,” to be performed in July by inkBoat and guests, as part of Dancers’ Group’s ONSITE program. Experience the process of creative dialogue as these two groups use structured improvisation to experiment and build their dynamic play. ROVA Saxophone Quartet explores the synthesis of composition and collective improvisation, creating exciting, genre-bending music that challenges and inspires.