Aretha Aoki

Weds, Feb 11 from 11-1:30pm
at the New Museum

The dancer is a haunted house

What I hear is the muttering phantom, the mouse gnawing at the door. The wind in the mind of the trees. Nothing mindful or coherent. From the muttering, I try to make coherence…
-Noy Holland

The title for the workshop is inspired by Luis Alberto Urrea’s Tin House lecture in which he implores the writer to “let the ghosts come” in their writing. We will invite the seen and unseen murmurings of past, present and future to surface in spontaneous dancing, writing, sounding, and speaking. We will use our imaginations to extend the boundaries of the self into the unknown. We will explore the intersections and interactions between making, dancing, and witnessing. Bring something to write on and something to write with.

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Aretha Aoki is a choreographer, dancer, and Editorial Assistant at Contact Quarterly. Her work has been shown at the Academy of Music (MA), Firehall Arts Centre (Vancouver, BC), Danspace Project, Movement Research, CPR, Catch, and New York Live Arts (2011/12 Fresh Tracks artist). Her new work, pose of the poor image will show at Danspace as part of Draftworks on March 22nd and at the A.P.E. gallery (MA) in the late spring. Aoki is in rehearsal for Shore by Emily Johnson and recently performed in devynn emory's This Room, This Braid at the Actor's Fund.