Clouds from a Crumbling Giant
Date(s) & Time(s): Wed, Jun 7, 7:30 PM
Duration: 45 mins w/out intermission
Location: 401 Alabama St, SF, CA, 94110
Venue: Joe Goode Annex
Early Bird: $20, Advance: $25, Door: $28
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Production DetailsClouds from a Crumbling Giant
This work in progress of "Clouds from a Crumbling Giant" delves into the decay and regeneration of human structures/forms/ideas, combining traditional Daoist cultural perspectives with theatrical performance-devising traditions rooted in the Japanese avant-garde. For this 2nd work in progress, Composer Dan Cantrell, working with Sound Designer Adia Ott and musicians Suki O’Kane, Jon Raskin and Edward Schocker will re-work the music generated last year for the pilot version at UC Davis and re-compose it as if it were a stand-alone piece of music. The movement and music scores will exist as both independent and intertwined entities.inkBoat
inkBoat researches the interplay of multiple artistic disciplines and viewpoints, drawing primarily from the Japanese performing and martial arts, improvisational arts, and Daoist internal arts. inkBoat stage works border dance, performance art and theater, and inhabit theaters, museums, streets and abandoned spaces. Founded by Shinichi Iova-Koga in 1998, members are based in San Francisco, Luzern, New York, Paris and Berlin, performing throughout North America, Europe, South Korea and Japan. inkBoat creates performance works for the public through a collaborative artistic process. We support professional growth of students and performers in San Francisco and abroad through mentorship, classes and workshops for professionals and beginners. inkBoat has been awarded 5 Isadora Duncan Awards (Izzies): 2015's "95 Rituals" received a Special Award; 2011's "Line Between" received Outstanding Achievement in Visual Design; 2008's “c(H)ord" received Outstanding Achievement in Company Performance; 2004’s “Ame to Ame”received Outstanding Achievement in Company Performance; and 2003’s “Heavens’ Radio" received Outstanding Achievement in Visual Design.
Shinichi Iova-Koga (Concept and Direction)
Shinichi serves as the Artistic Director of the physical theater and dance company inkBoat, founded by Shinichi in 1998. He has toured in North America, Europe, South Korea and Japan, often collaborating with local artists in museums, theaters, studios and site-specific locations. He is the editor of the book “95 Rituals,” a tribute to Anna Halprin, and a contributing writer to “The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance.” He is featured in the book “Butoh America.” Shinichi teaches annually at ImpulsTanz in Vienna. He has served as a full time core faculty member of the MFA Dance program at Mills College in Oakland, California, from 2009 to 2017. Since 2015, Shinichi’s career as an international performer has merged with his Daoist Internal Arts study. Qi Gong, Dao Yin, Yang Sheng Gong and Nei Gong are part of his daily practice. He is credentialed to teach through Lotus Nei Gong International and is a San Feng Pai lineage holder with Wudang West. His approach to the negotiation between bodies continues to develop through Aikido (with teachers Jan Nevelius, Jorma Lily and Cornelius Jaeger-Herzog). inkBoat and Shinichi have been honored by awards and grants, including 5 Bay Area “Izzie” awards and grants from NEA, MAP fund, New England Foundation for the Arts, California Arts Council, Rainin Foundation, Creative Work Fund, and Gerbode Foundation. Shinichi works primarily in San Francisco, New York and Luzern, Switzerland.
Dan Cantrell (Music Composition)
Composer and multi-instrumentalist Dan Cantrell’s recent works include the score for three seasons of the Annie Award nominated cartoon television series Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack on the Cartoon Network, an Emmy Award winning scores for Home Front and Hope on the Streets (a PBS Documentary about gentrification in the San Francisco Bay Area), and the Gerbode Grant sponsored commission of the Rootabaga Opera (a Fire Arts infused multimedia shadow play and lyrical ballet based on the children’s stories of Carl Sandberg) presented at The Crucible's 2009 Fire Arts Festival. Some of Dan’s other recent projects include the Golden Gate Award winning score for Divided Loyalties (a documentary about cultural identity on the divided island of Cyprus) and a commission from Kitka women’s vocal ensemble for the composition and direction of Musical Fortunes ( A MAP sponsored collaboration featuring Kitka, Dan, Voice of Roma, and Brave Old World's Michael Alpert) which was the opening and centerpiece of the 2007 Jewish Music Festival, and explores roots and ties between Romani(Gypsy) and Klezmer music traditions in Eastern Europe.
Adria Ott (Sound Design)
Adria Otte is a musician, composer, sound engineer, and educator whose work spans live performance (violin, electric guitar, synthesizers), music composition and sound design for dance and theater, show programming in Ableton Live, playback and audio engineering. Her eclectic musical background includes classical violin studies, rock bands, traditional Korean drumming, free improvisation, and experimental electronic music. As an audio engineer, she previously worked as a studio engineer at Women’s Audio Mission in San Francisco, and does freelance on-site classical recordings working with Lolly Lewis of Transparent Recordings. She has a passion for using music technology to expand the possibilities of live performance and frequently collaborates with artists across disciplines as a composer, sound designer, audio engineer, and consultant. Adria has been on the faculty at the College of San Mateo since 2019, where she currently teaches full-time in the music department.