“…in devising movements and putting them together in unexpected ways, Donna Uchizono has ranked high on my originals list…” – Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice
WORLD PREMIERE: PICA is proud to present two premieres by choreographer Donna Uchizono, praised time and again for her works of enormous skill, wit and arresting beauty. Her new evening length piece, Butterflies from my Hand, examines the possibilities that loss and vulnerability can offer and the power gained through the act of letting go. The Salon Project was developed in part during a month-long residency in Argentina, and draws from Argentine tango’s use of limited space, counterclockwise circling, and the constant, dynamic interplay of weight between partners. This intimate work is staged in a ballroom and the audience is invited to participate by learning sections of the choreography. Both works are a testament to this choreographer’s individualistic style and feature original music by composer Guy Yarden.
Founded in 1990, Donna Uchizono Company’s work has been presented in the United States, Europe, and South America. Festival stops have included the Wiener Internationales Tanz-Festival in Vienna, the Swiss Belluard-Bollwerk International Festival, Klapstuk International Dansfestival in Belgium, Plural in Spain, Dancas Na Cidade in Portugal, and visits to Hungary and Argentina. In New York, the company has performed at Dance Theater Workshop, the Joyce Theater, the Kitchen, the Whitney Museum, Danspace Project, Movement Research, Lincoln Center, DIA, and PS 122, among others. Uchizono’s many commissions, grants, and awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller/MAP and NYFA, and a 2002 Bessie Award for her work Low.
Venue for The Salon Project generously provided by Conduit