Eiko Otake Honors Fukushima Years After Nuclear Disaster At St. John The Divine In Harlem

Eight years after a massive nuclear accident devastated the Japanese city of Fukushima, acclaimed dancer and movement artist Eiko Otake, Artist in Residence at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.Otake presents this free performance collapsing the distance between homelands on Monday, March 11, 2019, at 7 pm at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street), in Harlem, NY.

On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake, the resultant tsunami, and a subsequent nuclear disaster devastated Fukushima, Japan. For the past several years, Cathedral Artist in Residence Eiko Otake has traveled to this irradiated region to dance, using her body to collapse the distance between her home of New York City and the Fukushima region. Since 2016, she has created a yearly memorial event to draw attention to this continuing disaster. This year, she is joined by filmmaker Jake Price and Ralph Samuelson, master of the shakuhatchi flute.

This event is free and open to the public. Prior to the performance, visitors are invited to explore The Value of Sanctuary: Building a House Without Walls. This multidisciplinary exhibition, on view through June 30, 2019, explores the question of sanctuary through the work of modern and contemporary artists. Throughout the course of the exhibition, visitors will be invited to explore the meaning of sanctuary through many viewpoints, expanding upon the Cathedral’s guiding mission and role as a sacred space, cultural center, and platform for the urgent issues of our times.  

For more information on the performance, visit this page.

Photo credit: William Johnston

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