Butoh: Featuring Shige Moriya and Ximena Garnica
Free with museum admission ($5 after 5:00 p.m.)
Directors of Cave, one of the oldest experimental art spaces and artist collectives in Brooklyn, New York, artists Shige Moriya and Ximena Garnica bring butoh dance to the Asian Art Museum.
Originally from Kyoto, Japan and now based in Williamsburg, Shige Moriya works as a video-based installation artist, creating installations of filmy sculptures that form a landscape for projected movements of color and light. His videography has been used in theater and dance productions, and a substantial amount of his work is performed live in an interdisciplinary environment often collaborating with musician, dancers, and other visual artists. His work has been presented in Japan, Finland, Vietnam and Germany. Initially working as an assistant curator at Cast Iron Gallery in Soho in 1993, three years later he co-founded CAVE. As curator of the gallery program of CAVE for the last 10 years, much of his time has been devoted to supporting and presenting the work of emerging visual and multi-disciplinary artists. Currently Moriya is co-director of CAVE, co-curator of the New York Butoh Festival, and a core member of performance companies LEIMAY and CAVEnsemble.
Ximena Garnica, originally from Bogotá, Colombia, is an actress-dancer, emerging director, and installation artist based in New York City. In addition to being co-director of CAVE, Ms. Garnica is artistic director of LEIMAY, director/ co-founder and co-curator of the New York Butoh Festival. Since 2000, Garnica has collaborated with many artists and musicians under the banner of CAVEnsemble, creating improvisations in galleries and alternative performance spaces. She also won the prestigious Van Lier Fellowship for young Hispanic directors in New York and has received support from The Urban Artist Initiative (UAI/NYC), Robert Wilson's Water Mill Center, and The Japan Foundation.
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