Current
Exhibition

SEP 14–DEC 11, 2016

THE 96TH RITUAL
(FOR ANNA HALPRIN)

Featuring photography, video, scores, and installation, The 96th Ritual (for Anna Halprin) documents the performance project 95 Rituals, directed by Shinichi Iova-Koga, performed by physical theatre company inkBoat, and presented by Dancers’ Group in 2015. Dedicated to post modern dance pioneer Anna Halprin’s 95th birthday, 95 Rituals culminated in performances at the Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco.

inkBoat, 95 Rituals, 2015. Photo: Pak Han
inkBoat, 95 Rituals, 2015. Photo: Pak Han

inkBoat

95 Rituals, 2015

Photo: Pak Han

Anna Halprin is a visionary Bay Area artist whose work has radically expanded the purpose, process, and content of dance-making over seven decades. To inform their process, Iova-Koga and inkBoat researched Halprin’s intentions and working methods, which emphasize individual, spontaneous movement, and incorporate chance-generated techniques to determine the choreography in the moment.

The original 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 perform. 95 Rituals culminated in explicitly experimental performances that dissolved the hard line between performance and process.

The 96th Ritual features photographs and videos of the performances, original scores, musical instruments, and a sculptural/sound installation created from performance props. Related public programming will feature dance performances by Shinichi Iova-Koga with select musicians and performers from 95 Rituals.

inkBoat, 95 Rituals, 2015. Photo: Pak Han
inkBoat, 95 Rituals, 2015. Photo: Pak Han

inkBoat

95 Rituals, 2015

Photo: Pak Han

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. Themes and subjects arise from meticulous examination of everyday life, with primary content arising from the body, resulting in both refined and raw expressions. Inkboat derives inspiration from working in wild, natural settings and urban existence.

Shinichi Iova-Koga has co-directed works with Anna HalprinKo MurobushiSten RudstrømYuko Kaseki,Takuya Ishide and KT Nelson (ODC) and has co-created performances with music groups Rova Saxophone Quartet and Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. Iova-Koga continues his training and development incorporating techniques and art forms such as modern dance, action theater, Shakuhachi, Aikido, Nihon Buyo, Kagura and Noh Theater, Tadashi Suzuki Training, Hiroko Tamano, Butoh Dance, and Judo. Iova-Koga was named one of the “25 to watch” in 2008 by Dance Magazine and awarded a “Goldie” award by the SF Bay Guardian in 2007. inkBoat has been recognized numerous times by the Isadora Duncan Awards Committee, receiving 12 nominations and 4 Izzie awards. He has been teaching dance composition at Mills College since 2009.

This exhibition is supported by the Agnes Cowles Bourne Fund for Special Exhibitions.