SEP 14–DEC 11, 2016
THE 96TH RITUAL
(FOR ANNA HALPRIN)
The 96th Ritual (for Anna Halprin) documents the performance project 95 Rituals, directed by Shinichi Iova-Koga, performed by physical theater company inkBoat and invited guests, and presented by Dancers’ Group in 2015. Dedicated to post-modern dance pioneer Anna Halprin’s 95th birthday, 95 Rituals culminated in a series of scored performances at the Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco. This exhibition features photographs and videos of the performances, original scores, musical instruments, and a sculptural/sound installation created from performance props.
Anna Halprin is a visionary Bay Area artist whose work, over the course of seven decades, has radically expanded the purpose, process, and content of dance-making. To inform their process, Iova-Koga and inkBoat researched Halprin’s intentions and working methods, which emphasize the natural structure of the body as the basis for movement, participant inclusivity and a transparent working process to guide the performance.
95 Rituals was structured around 95 different scores developed from contributions by a wide range of visual and performing artists. Each contributing artist was given a template based on the RSVP Cycle–a system of art creation developed by Halprin and her late husband, Lawrence, in which collaborators gather resource material, develop a score or set of instructions, evaluate the work, and then perform. 95 Rituals culminated in explicitly experimental performances that dissolved the hard line between performance and process.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
inkBoat is a physical theatre and dance company founded by Shinichi Iova-Koga in 1998. The company performs in theaters and site specific locations. Repertory and research integrate the interplay of multiple artistic disciplines and viewpoints–both experimental and traditional–resulting in original performance compositions.
Shinichi Iova-Koga has co-directed works with Anna Halprin, Ko Murobushi, Sten Rudstrøm, Yuko Kaseki,Takuya Ishide and KT Nelson (ODC) and has co-created performances with music groups Rova Saxophone Quartet and Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. Iova-Koga credits his mentors Anna Halprin, Ruth Zaporah, Masyuki Koga, Ralph Lemon, Yumiko Yoshioka, Hiroko Tamano and Yukihiro Goto for instilling in him a reverence for irreverence. He has been teaching dance composition at Mills College since 2009.This exhibition is supported by the Agnes Cowles Bourne Fund for Special Exhibitions.