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Kayoko Nakajima

Conversations with Kenji Miyazawa

CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) will present a short program of works by CRS Contact Improv instructor Kayoko Nakajima and other artists, introducing the beloved Japanese writer, artist, and philosopher Kenji Miyazawa to western audiences. The program will take place at CRS on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available online and at CRS.

This program is offered as an unofficial prelude for New York audiences to this summer's tenth TheaterX International Performing Art Festival 2012 in Tokyo, which this year is dedicated to works inspired by Kenji Miyazawa and will include the piece created by Nakajima and her collaborators.

The CRS program will consist of two parts:

In Part one, poet/artist Teo Yamamoto and musician/artist Hacci Morihata  will read/perform poems and stories by Miyazawa as well as several poems by Yamamoto, whose work at times strongly parallels Miyazawa's with regard to his love of animals and exploration of animism and the interconnectedness of all things. 

The second half of the program, "Ishikko Kensan" (Kenji's childhood nickname relating to his passion for rock collecting), is a international collaboration between Tokyo and New York City, utilizing modern technologies (Skype, email, youtube, and blogging to to allow the artists to work together at a distance). For the actual performance, Kakiuchi will travel from Tokyo to NYC to perform alongside Nakajima and Czach.  "Ishikko Kensan" reflects on Miyazawa's life and work through dance: Contact Improvisation by Kayoko Nakajima and Carly Czach and Popping by Yukari Kakiuchi. Contact Improvisation is chosen to communicate Kenji's strong interest in astronomy and philosophy of the universe. Popping expresses his brain activity as a person with synesthesia. Projection and music is by Naoya Ninomiya, set design and creation is by Shugo Tsuchida, directed by Masaru Munekata.

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