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Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 2:48pm

Fukushima, Rokkasho and Message to the Future | 2013
Kei Shimada — director
in Japanese with English subtitles, 105'
 
CRS, Learn From 3.11Mar Creation, and Todos Somos Japon invite you to the NYC premiere of the documentary "Fukushima, Rokkasho and Message to the Future." This film shows us how the shadowy alliance of the Japanese government and the nuclear power industry have managed to build nuclear installations all over rural Japan to benefit urban Japan and the US military, despite strong opposition from the people living in those communities, and it also shows us the many ways in which the everyday lives of the people in these communities have suffered, sometimes tragically, as a result and how they persevere. They tell their own stories, in their own words, in such a way that their humanity and our complicity in their suffering cannot be marginalized.
 
Following each screening, we will have a conversation via Skype with the director, Kei Shimada and light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

The film includes two songs, "Are You Safe Now?" (composed six days after the earthquake) and "Nuchiyui," sung by the famous Japanese singer and environmentalist, Tokiko Kato, who has served in the past as an ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund and the United Nations Environment Program. See her TEDxTokyo talk about what it means to live with radiation.
 
Director Kei Shimada, 53, is an award-winning photographer who started covering nuclear issues when the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine happened. In her fascination, perhaps, she found herself settling in remote Rokkasho village (pop. 11,000) in the northern Aomori Prefecture, where a large nuclear fuel cycle complex stands, the first in Japan that can produce large amounts of weapons-grade plutonium annually, enough to construct up to 2,000 bombs. In 2011, she was getting ready to shoot her first movie featuring Rokkasho, its residents, and how their lives are being affected by the nuclear plant. But, as the Great East Japan Earthquake hit, causing the tsunami that resulted in the nuclear meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi plant, she was convinced that she needed to add Fukushima in her documentary, now entitled “Fukushima, Rokkasho and Message to the Future.”

Shimada says of her film, “I hope I can show that we can’t coexist with nuclear power and it is the duty of each of us to make a choice about energy in the future.”

Singer Tokiko Kato was born in Harbin in 1943. In 1965, she won the Japan Amateur Chanson Competition and made her debut as a singer while she was an undergraduate at the University of Tokyo. Since then she has had many hit songs and has made more than 70 albums. In addition to dozens of concerts at home, Ms. Kato's  performances around the world have included Carnegie Hall in New York in 1988 and 1990. In 1992, she received the prestigious Chevalier Medal for Culture from the Government of France for her artistic achievements and cultural activities. Her performances at the Fuji Rock Festival in 2006 and 2011 as well as at the ap bank fes. in 2007 and 2011 obtained great attention for their audience appeal across generations. Besides being active as a singer, Ms. Kato took a turn as an actress in the film Izakaya Choji (1983). And in the animated film Porco Rosso (1992) by Hayao Miyazaki, she displayed her charm as a voice actor.

Ms. Kato is an activist about global environmental issues. Following her appointment as World Wildlife Fund Councilor in 1997, she was named Special Envoy for the United Nations Environment Programme in October 2000. She has traveled extensively throughout Asia and Oceania to spread the word about the actual state of the natural environment that she has personally witnessed, as well as to foster human connections through her music. In April 2008, Ms. Kato reported on her activities as UNEP Special Envoy and performed live at the UN General Assembly Hall in New York City (she resigned from her post of UNEP Special Envoy in March 2011). At home in Japan, Ms. Kato continues her endeavors together with the younger generation toward realizing an eco-friendly society, basing their operations at the “Kamogawa Nature Kingdom” farm in Kamogawa, Chiba Prefecture.

 

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Sept 20141211 am & 7 pm
gnosticnyc
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 5:00pm

From the 12th century to the present day, the object first described by Chrétien de Troyes as "un graal" has been the subject of much speculation. In this survey of both historical sources and modern commentary, Stuart Südekum will address the function of the blessed vessel as an object of contemplation in the western mystical tradition.

Topics of discussion will include:

* The textual basis of Graal legendry
* Connections with pre-Christian traditions
* Grail mysticism in Christian thought
* Heresy, Gnosticism and the Graal
* A comparison of notable esoteric commentaries

Whom does the Graal serve? After this lecture, you'll leave armed with the knowledge you need to start your own quest and find out for yourself.

meetup.com event:
http://www.meetup.com/GnosticNYC/events/187117212/

Speaker Stuart Südekum is a writer and educator currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. He is the co-founder of Feast of Fools, an educational event series on the art and science of mysticism. He has spoken at the New York School of Visual Arts (SVA) and written for _Heathen Harvest_, a periodical described as "one of the leading online magazines for post-industrial music." He is a specialist on the life and work of Arthur Edward Waite, and is presently preparing an annotated edition of Waite’s seminal _Pictorial Key to the Tarot_.
https://www.facebook.com/FeastOfFoolsNYC
http://heathenharvest.org/tag/stuart-sudekum/

GnosticNYC typically presents a lecture at CRS at 2pm on the third Sunday of each month. Admission is free. Optional donations are invited to pay for the room; the suggested donation amount is $10. Donations are tax-deductible, and receipts are provided upon request.

GnosticNYC is a tax-exempt nonprofit New York corporation for promoting the study and practice of Gnosticism.
http://gnosticnyc.com/

Picture: "The Attainment: The Vision of the Holy Grail to Sir Galahad, Sir Bors, and Sir Perceval"
Tapestry created about 1896 by Sir Edward Burne-Jones and others.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Galahad_grail.jpg

 

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July 2014202 – 4 pm
Holy Grail
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 5:00pm

From the 12th century to the present day, the object first described by Chrétien de Troyes as "un graal" has been the subject of much speculation. In this survey of both historical sources and modern commentary, Stuart Südekum will address the function of the blessed vessel as an object of contemplation in the western mystical tradition.

Topics of discussion will include:

* The textual basis of Graal legendry
* Connections with pre-Christian traditions
* Grail mysticism in Christian thought
* Heresy, Gnosticism and the Graal
* A comparison of notable esoteric commentaries

Whom does the Graal serve? After this lecture, you'll leave armed with the knowledge you need to start your own quest and find out for yourself.

meetup.com event:
http://www.meetup.com/GnosticNYC/events/187117212/

Speaker Stuart Südekum is a writer and educator currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. He is the co-founder of Feast of Fools, an educational event series on the art and science of mysticism. He has spoken at the New York School of Visual Arts (SVA) and written for _Heathen Harvest_, a periodical described as "one of the leading online magazines for post-industrial music." He is a specialist on the life and work of Arthur Edward Waite, and is presently preparing an annotated edition of Waite’s seminal _Pictorial Key to the Tarot_.
https://www.facebook.com/FeastOfFoolsNYC
http://heathenharvest.org/tag/stuart-sudekum/

GnosticNYC typically presents a lecture at CRS at 2pm on the third Sunday of each month. Admission is free. Optional donations are invited to pay for the room; the suggested donation amount is $10. Donations are tax-deductible, and receipts are provided upon request.

GnosticNYC is a tax-exempt nonprofit New York corporation for promoting the study and practice of Gnosticism.
http://gnosticnyc.com/

Picture: "The Attainment: The Vision of the Holy Grail to Sir Galahad, Sir Bors, and Sir Perceval"
Tapestry created about 1896 by Sir Edward Burne-Jones and others.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Galahad_grail.jpg

 

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July 2014202 – 4 pm
Guest Event
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 5:00pm

From the 12th century to the present day, the object first described by Chrétien de Troyes as "un graal" has been the subject of much speculation. In this survey of both historical sources and modern commentary, Stuart Südekum will address the function of the blessed vessel as an object of contemplation in the western mystical tradition.

Topics of discussion will include:

* The textual basis of Graal legendry
* Connections with pre-Christian traditions
* Grail mysticism in Christian thought
* Heresy, Gnosticism and the Graal
* A comparison of notable esoteric commentaries

Whom does the Graal serve? After this lecture, you'll leave armed with the knowledge you need to start your own quest and find out for yourself.

meetup.com event:
http://www.meetup.com/GnosticNYC/events/187117212/

Speaker Stuart Südekum is a writer and educator currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. He is the co-founder of Feast of Fools, an educational event series on the art and science of mysticism. He has spoken at the New York School of Visual Arts (SVA) and written for _Heathen Harvest_, a periodical described as "one of the leading online magazines for post-industrial music." He is a specialist on the life and work of Arthur Edward Waite, and is presently preparing an annotated edition of Waite’s seminal _Pictorial Key to the Tarot_.
https://www.facebook.com/FeastOfFoolsNYC
http://heathenharvest.org/tag/stuart-sudekum/

GnosticNYC typically presents a lecture at CRS at 2pm on the third Sunday of each month. Admission is free. Optional donations are invited to pay for the room; the suggested donation amount is $10. Donations are tax-deductible, and receipts are provided upon request.

GnosticNYC is a tax-exempt nonprofit New York corporation for promoting the study and practice of Gnosticism.
http://gnosticnyc.com/

Picture: "The Attainment: The Vision of the Holy Grail to Sir Galahad, Sir Bors, and Sir Perceval"
Tapestry created about 1896 by Sir Edward Burne-Jones and others.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Galahad_grail.jpg

 

Learn more

July 2014202 – 4 pm
Tanabata
Monday, July 7, 2014 - 3:25pm

Today, July 7, 2014 we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of CRS! Along the way, we have met and worked with so many amazing people and learned so many things we never even imagined when we started. CRS is first and foremost a community center and we have created, shared and extended the center as a community. So we'd like to thank all of you for sharing and for making it possible to share healing in a beautiful space in the middle of Manhattan. That in itself is a miracle!

July 7 is also Tanabata Day, a very old holiday in Japan and China. 

Tanabata (meaning "evening of the seventh") is a Japanese star festival, originating from the Chinese Qixi Festival. It celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the stars Vega and Altair respectively) lovers who are separated by the Milky Way and are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. Orihime (織姫 Weaving Princess), daughter of the Tentei (天帝 Sky King), wove beautiful clothes by the bank of the Amanogawa (天の川 Milky Way, lit. "heavenly river"). Her father loved the cloth that she wove and so she worked very hard every day to weave it. However, Orihime was sad that because of her hard work she could never meet and fall in love with anyone.

Concerned about his daughter, Tentei arranged for her to meet Hikoboshi (彦星 Cow Herder Star) who lived and worked on the other side of the Amanogawa. When the two met, they fell instantly in love with each other and married shortly thereafter. However, once married, Orihime no longer would weave cloth for Tentei and Hikoboshi allowed his cows to stray all over Heaven. In anger, Tentei separated the two lovers across the Amanogawa and forbade them to meet. Orihime became despondent at the loss of her husband and asked her father to let them meet again. Tentei was moved by his daughter’s tears and allowed the two to meet on the 7th day of the 7th month if she worked hard and finished her weaving. The first time they tried to meet, however, they found that they could not cross the river because there was no bridge. Orihime cried so much that a flock of magpies came and promised to make a bridge with their wings so that she could cross the river. It is said that if it rains on Tanabata, the magpies cannot come and the two lovers must wait until another year to meet.

In present-day Japan, people generally celebrate this day by writing wishes, sometimes in the form of poetry, on tanzaku, small pieces of paper, and hanging them on bamboo. The bamboo and decorations are often set afloat on a river or burned after the festival, around midnight or on the next day. This resembles the custom of floating paper ships and candles on rivers during Obon. There is also a traditional Tanabata song:

The bamboo leaves rustle,
shaking away in the eaves.
The stars twinkle
on the gold and silver grains of sand.
The five-colour paper strips
I have already written.
The stars twinkle,
they watch us from heaven.

— from Wikipedia

News
Monday, July 7, 2014 - 3:25pm

Today, July 7, 2014 we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of CRS! Along the way, we have met and worked with so many amazing people and learned so many things we never even imagined when we started. CRS is first and foremost a community center and we have created, shared and extended the center as a community. So we'd like to thank all of you for sharing and for making it possible to share healing in a beautiful space in the middle of Manhattan. That in itself is a miracle!

July 7 is also Tanabata Day, a very old holiday in Japan and China. 

Tanabata (meaning "evening of the seventh") is a Japanese star festival, originating from the Chinese Qixi Festival. It celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the stars Vega and Altair respectively) lovers who are separated by the Milky Way and are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. Orihime (織姫 Weaving Princess), daughter of the Tentei (天帝 Sky King), wove beautiful clothes by the bank of the Amanogawa (天の川 Milky Way, lit. "heavenly river"). Her father loved the cloth that she wove and so she worked very hard every day to weave it. However, Orihime was sad that because of her hard work she could never meet and fall in love with anyone.

Concerned about his daughter, Tentei arranged for her to meet Hikoboshi (彦星 Cow Herder Star) who lived and worked on the other side of the Amanogawa. When the two met, they fell instantly in love with each other and married shortly thereafter. However, once married, Orihime no longer would weave cloth for Tentei and Hikoboshi allowed his cows to stray all over Heaven. In anger, Tentei separated the two lovers across the Amanogawa and forbade them to meet. Orihime became despondent at the loss of her husband and asked her father to let them meet again. Tentei was moved by his daughter’s tears and allowed the two to meet on the 7th day of the 7th month if she worked hard and finished her weaving. The first time they tried to meet, however, they found that they could not cross the river because there was no bridge. Orihime cried so much that a flock of magpies came and promised to make a bridge with their wings so that she could cross the river. It is said that if it rains on Tanabata, the magpies cannot come and the two lovers must wait until another year to meet.

In present-day Japan, people generally celebrate this day by writing wishes, sometimes in the form of poetry, on tanzaku, small pieces of paper, and hanging them on bamboo. The bamboo and decorations are often set afloat on a river or burned after the festival, around midnight or on the next day. This resembles the custom of floating paper ships and candles on rivers during Obon. There is also a traditional Tanabata song:

The bamboo leaves rustle,
shaking away in the eaves.
The stars twinkle
on the gold and silver grains of sand.
The five-colour paper strips
I have already written.
The stars twinkle,
they watch us from heaven.

— from Wikipedia

HA-RU-KO BlueStarChild
Friday, August 15, 2014 - 4:56pm

CRS welcomes Sedona-based Japanese artist HA-RU-KO BlueStarChild for a three-day exhibition August 22 – 24, 2014 (10am – 6 pm Friday and Saturday, 1 – 5 pm Sunday) with daily slide show presentation and talk by the artist from 2 – 3 pm. HA-RU-KO is a multi dimensional artist, designer, performer, and author. In 1999 she started to receive inspirations from the Light Realm. She consciously merges with the Source (Creator) and Mother Earth and co-creates our ultimate dream to bring joy, peace, and harmony on the Earth through her artistic creations. 

During the daily talks, she will describe how she started to receive inspiration from the Light Realm and show slides of many of her older artworks to show how her process and artwork evolved and also what she has been learning from them. So many messages come through from the drawings.

Learn moreHaruko's web site

August 201415 – 17Daily talks 2 – 3 pm

ABOUT HA-RU-KO BLUESTARCHILD

Her art introduces many other realms such as Ascended Masters, ArchAngels & Angels, Fairies, Nature Elementals, ETs, and other Universes. Also her art depicts the future and possibility of the world we are to create. Her artwork seems to awaken deep soul memories in each individual. They remind us of the true essence of our beauty, purity, innocence and magnificence of who we truly are. She works closely with ArchAngels and Angels, so her drawings bring healing into the hearts and souls of many people.

Her drawings are done all by free-hand and her creations range from Free-Flow Sacred Geometry, Ancient Divine codes, Original Essence Portraits, Angelic Healing Art, Cosmic Maps and Scenery, and Beings in other dimensions.

www.BlueStarChild.com
 

ARTIST STATEMENT

In 1999 I started to draw with the assistance of the full moon. It is hard to explain, but the full moon created such a mood that I was all of a sudden inspired to draw rabbits. This continued to happen on many moons. Many rabbits kept on appearing on my sketchbook for many months.

According to a Japanese folk tale, rabbits live on the moon making rice cakes to bring us prosperity. Perhaps they came down from the moon to share their wisdom with me. They gently and slowly introduced me to a spirit world so that I would not be afraid. 

After years of drawing, the rabbits began to appear less frequently and they transformed into a sacred-looking beings in disguise of rabbit-like forms.  Although they looked cute and innocent, they embodied power and dignity.  Also the drawings became more structural and complex, like what we call a Sacred Geometry but my drawings are in much more free form.  Moreover, I started to be introduced to other dimensions, such as Nature kingdom, Angelic kingdom, ET world, Realm of Light and Masters, and other Universes.

Through drawing, I began to understand that our imagination is connected with the source of Creation (God if you may call), I didn’t even believe in God, when I started to draw. I thought that angels and fairies and ETs are just a fantasy. Through my drawings, I can experience and remember their world, and I can feel their presence as real as seeing them. Through my drawings, my soul memories started to be awakened, and I can feel all those presence in my heart, and they became more and more real to me, and I have been learning a precious wisdom from the spirit world through my drawings.

My drawings are all done by free-hand and the sizes are as large as 8 feet tall or 10 feet in width.

I would like to introduce the multi-dimensional worlds through my artwork and allow the audience to journey through each of them and receive the energies and activations within our soul to awaken our soul and to remember who truly are. They are gifts from our Creator which happened to flow through my hand, and so my intention is to share to people as much as I can by traveling the world.

 

Learn moreHaruko's web site

August 201422 – 24Daily talks 2 – 3 pm
Exhibition
Friday, August 15, 2014 - 4:56pm

CRS welcomes Sedona-based Japanese artist HA-RU-KO BlueStarChild for a three-day exhibition August 22 – 24, 2014 (10am – 6 pm Friday and Saturday, 1 – 5 pm Sunday) with daily slide show presentation and talk by the artist from 2 – 3 pm. HA-RU-KO is a multi dimensional artist, designer, performer, and author. In 1999 she started to receive inspirations from the Light Realm. She consciously merges with the Source (Creator) and Mother Earth and co-creates our ultimate dream to bring joy, peace, and harmony on the Earth through her artistic creations. 

During the daily talks, she will describe how she started to receive inspiration from the Light Realm and show slides of many of her older artworks to show how her process and artwork evolved and also what she has been learning from them. So many messages come through from the drawings.

Learn moreHaruko's web site

August 201415 – 17Daily talks 2 – 3 pm

ABOUT HA-RU-KO BLUESTARCHILD

Her art introduces many other realms such as Ascended Masters, ArchAngels & Angels, Fairies, Nature Elementals, ETs, and other Universes. Also her art depicts the future and possibility of the world we are to create. Her artwork seems to awaken deep soul memories in each individual. They remind us of the true essence of our beauty, purity, innocence and magnificence of who we truly are. She works closely with ArchAngels and Angels, so her drawings bring healing into the hearts and souls of many people.

Her drawings are done all by free-hand and her creations range from Free-Flow Sacred Geometry, Ancient Divine codes, Original Essence Portraits, Angelic Healing Art, Cosmic Maps and Scenery, and Beings in other dimensions.

www.BlueStarChild.com
 

ARTIST STATEMENT

In 1999 I started to draw with the assistance of the full moon. It is hard to explain, but the full moon created such a mood that I was all of a sudden inspired to draw rabbits. This continued to happen on many moons. Many rabbits kept on appearing on my sketchbook for many months.

According to a Japanese folk tale, rabbits live on the moon making rice cakes to bring us prosperity. Perhaps they came down from the moon to share their wisdom with me. They gently and slowly introduced me to a spirit world so that I would not be afraid. 

After years of drawing, the rabbits began to appear less frequently and they transformed into a sacred-looking beings in disguise of rabbit-like forms.  Although they looked cute and innocent, they embodied power and dignity.  Also the drawings became more structural and complex, like what we call a Sacred Geometry but my drawings are in much more free form.  Moreover, I started to be introduced to other dimensions, such as Nature kingdom, Angelic kingdom, ET world, Realm of Light and Masters, and other Universes.

Through drawing, I began to understand that our imagination is connected with the source of Creation (God if you may call), I didn’t even believe in God, when I started to draw. I thought that angels and fairies and ETs are just a fantasy. Through my drawings, I can experience and remember their world, and I can feel their presence as real as seeing them. Through my drawings, my soul memories started to be awakened, and I can feel all those presence in my heart, and they became more and more real to me, and I have been learning a precious wisdom from the spirit world through my drawings.

My drawings are all done by free-hand and the sizes are as large as 8 feet tall or 10 feet in width.

I would like to introduce the multi-dimensional worlds through my artwork and allow the audience to journey through each of them and receive the energies and activations within our soul to awaken our soul and to remember who truly are. They are gifts from our Creator which happened to flow through my hand, and so my intention is to share to people as much as I can by traveling the world.

 

Learn moreHaruko's web site

August 201422 – 24Daily talks 2 – 3 pm
Guest Event
Friday, August 15, 2014 - 4:56pm

CRS welcomes Sedona-based Japanese artist HA-RU-KO BlueStarChild for a three-day exhibition August 22 – 24, 2014 (10am – 6 pm Friday and Saturday, 1 – 5 pm Sunday) with daily slide show presentation and talk by the artist from 2 – 3 pm. HA-RU-KO is a multi dimensional artist, designer, performer, and author. In 1999 she started to receive inspirations from the Light Realm. She consciously merges with the Source (Creator) and Mother Earth and co-creates our ultimate dream to bring joy, peace, and harmony on the Earth through her artistic creations. 

During the daily talks, she will describe how she started to receive inspiration from the Light Realm and show slides of many of her older artworks to show how her process and artwork evolved and also what she has been learning from them. So many messages come through from the drawings.

Learn moreHaruko's web site

August 201415 – 17Daily talks 2 – 3 pm

ABOUT HA-RU-KO BLUESTARCHILD

Her art introduces many other realms such as Ascended Masters, ArchAngels & Angels, Fairies, Nature Elementals, ETs, and other Universes. Also her art depicts the future and possibility of the world we are to create. Her artwork seems to awaken deep soul memories in each individual. They remind us of the true essence of our beauty, purity, innocence and magnificence of who we truly are. She works closely with ArchAngels and Angels, so her drawings bring healing into the hearts and souls of many people.

Her drawings are done all by free-hand and her creations range from Free-Flow Sacred Geometry, Ancient Divine codes, Original Essence Portraits, Angelic Healing Art, Cosmic Maps and Scenery, and Beings in other dimensions.

www.BlueStarChild.com
 

ARTIST STATEMENT

In 1999 I started to draw with the assistance of the full moon. It is hard to explain, but the full moon created such a mood that I was all of a sudden inspired to draw rabbits. This continued to happen on many moons. Many rabbits kept on appearing on my sketchbook for many months.

According to a Japanese folk tale, rabbits live on the moon making rice cakes to bring us prosperity. Perhaps they came down from the moon to share their wisdom with me. They gently and slowly introduced me to a spirit world so that I would not be afraid. 

After years of drawing, the rabbits began to appear less frequently and they transformed into a sacred-looking beings in disguise of rabbit-like forms.  Although they looked cute and innocent, they embodied power and dignity.  Also the drawings became more structural and complex, like what we call a Sacred Geometry but my drawings are in much more free form.  Moreover, I started to be introduced to other dimensions, such as Nature kingdom, Angelic kingdom, ET world, Realm of Light and Masters, and other Universes.

Through drawing, I began to understand that our imagination is connected with the source of Creation (God if you may call), I didn’t even believe in God, when I started to draw. I thought that angels and fairies and ETs are just a fantasy. Through my drawings, I can experience and remember their world, and I can feel their presence as real as seeing them. Through my drawings, my soul memories started to be awakened, and I can feel all those presence in my heart, and they became more and more real to me, and I have been learning a precious wisdom from the spirit world through my drawings.

My drawings are all done by free-hand and the sizes are as large as 8 feet tall or 10 feet in width.

I would like to introduce the multi-dimensional worlds through my artwork and allow the audience to journey through each of them and receive the energies and activations within our soul to awaken our soul and to remember who truly are. They are gifts from our Creator which happened to flow through my hand, and so my intention is to share to people as much as I can by traveling the world.

 

Learn moreHaruko's web site

August 201422 – 24Daily talks 2 – 3 pm
ASMED
Friday, July 11, 2014 - 3:01pm

CRS presents an intimate meet and greet and free look at a rehearsal of the NYC premiere of ARAGOSTA (Lobster), choreographed by London-based choreographer Moreno Solinas for the Italian dance company ASMED Balletto di Sardegna. The work will be performed by three dancers, Francesca Assiero Brà, Anna Paola Della Chiesa, Rachele Montis, and Artistic Director Massimiliano Leoni will be in attendance. The company will be in NY to present the work at the Between the Seas Festival on July 22 and 24, 2014.

CRS previously hosted a production by ASMED Balletto di Sardegna in September of 2011, and the work was considered to have been very beautiful and was very warmly received. We are delighted to be able to renew the relationship between our companies at this time.

ARAGOSTA carries on the company's work of research around the great non-conformist Italian stylist of the thirties, Elsa Schiaparelli, begun last year. Elsa Schiaparelli still inspires lots of generations of contemporary artists not only in Italy but also at an international level. This time, the reflection takes shape in a completely new piece enriched with surprising concepts and abstract expression codes. The new choreography stems from that unstoppable pulse to create and express oneself at all costs and despite everything; in spite of the imposed cultural roles, the crushing social conventions and the timeless conflict between the natural and social being.

It has been spontaneous and almost irresistible to associate the stylish exuberance of Schiaparelli with the innovative expressive hardiness of Moreno Solinas, the emerging choreographer who gives authorship to this new work. Sardinian by birth but Londoner by choice, Solinas distinguishes himself both for his cosmopolitan attitude and North European sensitivity. His never-ending creativity and natural predisposition to catch new aspects and visual angles makes him the most brilliant artist to give an original interpretation of the Italian designer’s genius.  

The insatiable curiosity for everything concerning art and expression, the ability to unveil all the details that the common look ignores, the will to go further in space and time, these are the key points of Schiaparelli’s thought and uniqueness. As a result the stage becomes a testing ground where dance develops a cognitive dialog with itself and the unconscious. Dance confronts itself with the revolutions it can create. The audience sees with astonishment the way bodies change shape and become, in a surrealist perspective, new creatures or even objects, which seem to come out of a painting or the fading memory of a bizarre dream. The three female dancers’ bodies turn themselves into instruments that produce music. Sound arises from the beating of the hands or by the feet stepping on the ground, but also by screams, seductive voices murmuring, shortness of breath and inarticulate phonemes. 

In this light it is not that weird that dancers perform a fashion show wearing nothing but their own skin, celebrating with shocking simplicity their identity. Solinas reproduces through symbolic images the way the Italian stylist represented her vision of life in her audacious creations, overturning the schemes, like a lobster painted on a silky white dress that claims to be elegant. The show invites the audience to freely express himself/herself, even though it means to be unpredictable and, why not, a little bit crazy.

This work is supported by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Autonomous Region of Sardinia (ITALY).

ABOUT CHOREOGRAPHER MORENO SOLINAS

Moreno Solinas was born in Sassari and trained as a dancer and choreographer at the London Contemporary Dance School. He is currently based in London where he works as a choreographer, performer and director. In 2012 he founded the company 'Igor and Moreno' in partnership with Igor Urzelai. Their collaborations include their latest duet Idiot-Syncrasy (supported by Arts Council England, The Place, Yorkshire Dance, Cambridge Junction, CSC-Bassano del Grappa and BAD Festival in Bilbao), an installation performance for the Bloomberg SPACE and commissions by The Place and Dance Umbrella. Together they have presented their works in 12 European countries and also in the USA gaining awards and recognitions, including the Rudolf Laban Award (2011), a special mention at Prix Jardin d'Europe (2010) and the top-20 Aerowaves (2011 & 2013).

Moreno's work is characterised by a strong will to employ a poetic yet political language to reclaim the role of the theatre as a place for assembly whilst exploring the cathartic properties of live performance. Through the use of the body, voice, text and design, he creates finely crafted and playful dance works which are in equal parts exciting and uncompromising, poetic and thought-provoking. 

Moreno is amongst the founding members of BLOOM! Dance Collective. In 2011 he was invited to join Work Place artists scheme as an associate choreographer and his work is supported by the leading dance house The Place (London).

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July 2014235 – 6 pm

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