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SEGAL TALKS: Eiko Otake- ‘A Body in Fukushima’

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SEGAL TALKS: Eiko Otake- ‘A Body in Fukushima’

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Dec 15, 2021
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Dec 15, 2021
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Join us for a conversation with Eiko Otake: A Body in Fukushima​.
Part of the Segal Center’s Fall 2021 Book Talk Series.
Moderated by Frank Hentschker, Director, MESTC, The Graduate Center CUNY.

Download the free sample chapter as well as other experts from upcoming Segal Talk Books HERE. ​

Born and raised in Japan Eiko Otake is a movement-based interdisciplinary artist based in New York City since 1976. After studying with Kazuo Ohno and Tatsumi Hijikata in Japan and Manja Chmiel in Germany, Otake created with her partner Takashi Koma Otake the dance duo Eiko & Koma. Since 1972 they have created 46 interdisciplinary performance works, two career exhibitions and numerous media works. Their durational performance living installations were commissioned by the Whitney Museum, the Walker Art Center, and MoMA. Their Retrospective Project (2009 to 2012) culminated in a comprehensive monograph, Time is Not Even, Space is Not Empty, published by the Walker Art Center. Eiko & Koma were honored with the first United ​States Artists Fellowship (2006) and Doris Duke Artist Awards (2012). They were the first collaborative pair to share a MacArthur Fellowship (1996) and the first Asian choreographers to receive the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award (2004) and the Dance Magazine Award (2006).​​

Eiko’s solo project A Body in Places began with a 12-hour performance at the Philadelphia 30th Street Station. Since then, Eiko has performed variations of A Body in Places at over 70 sites. In addition, Eiko has performed alone in many locations of post-nuclear meltdown Fukushima for her multi-year work A Body in Fukushima, her collaboration with historian and photographer William Johnston.

About A Body in Fukushima:

March 2021 marked the 10th Anniversary of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan. A Body In Fukushima, a collection of insightful essays and 260 probing color photographs, presents the experience of two visitors to a land devastated by the release of radiation following the meltdown of reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Between 2014 and 2019, dance artist Eiko Otake and historian/photographer William Johnston travelled to irradiated Fukushima five times to witness the destruction caused by this human failure. The images in the book manifest Eiko’s performances in this haunting and desolate environment.

SEGAL BOOK TALKS – FALL 2021

NOVEMBER

Mon  Nov 22, 12:00 noon
Bonnie Marranca
Book Talk: Timelines: Writings and Conversations; US

Mon  Nov 29, 12:00 noon
Theresa Krystyna Smalec
Book Talk: Ron Vawter’s Life in Performance; US


DECEMBER
Wed  Dec 1, 12:00 noon
Alexis Greene & Emily Mann
Book Talk: EMILY MANN: Rebel Artist of the American Theater; USMon  Dec 6, 12:00 noon
Carey Perloff
Book Talk: Pinter and Stoppard: A Director’s View; USWed  Dec 8, 12:00 noon
Anne Cattaneo
Book Talk: The Art of Dramaturgy; USMon  Dec 13, 1:00 PM
Anne Bogart
Book Talk: The Art of Resonance; US

Wed  Dec 15, 12:00 noon
Avra Sidiropoulou & Frank Raddatz
Book Talk: Staging 21st Century Tragedies. Theatre, Politics, and Global Crisis; Greece & Germany

Mon Dec 20, 12:00 noon
Eiko Otake
Book Talk: A Body in Fukushima; Japan and US


ABOUT THE SEGAL TALKS
The Segal Theatre Center’s online conversation series SEGAL TALKS was created in March of 2020 after the abrupt closing of the Graduate Center for any kind of public activities due to Corona and the cancellation of the entire spring season. The SEGAL TALKS during The Time of Corona offered conversations on theatre, performance and art during the pandemic featuring with more than 200 theater artists from over 50 countries. New York, US, and international theatre artists, curators, writers, and academics talked daily during the week for one hour with Segal Center’s director, Frank Hentschker, about life and art in the Time of Corona and speak about challenges, sorrows, and hopes for the new Weltzustand— the State of the World. In the summer of 2021 Segal Talks continued to focus on Theatre, Performance and The Political, the Segal Center’s 2023 New York International Festival of the Arts Project and the 2022 Center’s Public Park Project. During the pandemic The Segal Center was for a long period globally the only theatre institution creating new, original, daily content for the global field of theater and performance five days a week. Currently the Center is preparing the 4th edition of the Segal Center’s global Film Festival on Theatre and Performance.

SEGAL TALKS
are free, open access, without ads will be live-streamed in English from Wednesday to Friday on HowlRound Theatre Commons and on the Segal Center Facebook. This program is presented in collaboration with HowlRound Theatre Commons, based at Emerson College. All SEGAL TALKS are archived on HowlRound, and on the Segal Center YouTube Channel.

CONTACT
Send us your questions during the live streaming at SegalTalks@gmail.com.
Contact mest@gc.cuny.edu for more information on SEGAL TALKS.
Contact Frank Hentschker at fhentschker@gc.cuny.edu for press information.
Follow us @segalcenter on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter 

ABOUT THE MARTIN E. SEGAL THEATRE CENTER
Originally founded in 1979 as the Center for Advanced Studies in Theatre Arts (CASTA), The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center was renamed in March of 1999 to recognize Martin E. Segal, one of New York City’s outstanding leaders of the arts. The Segal Center curates over thirty events throughout the Spring and Fall academic seasons, all free and open to the public. Dedicated to bridging the gap between the professional and academic theatre communities, the Segal Center presents readings, performance, lectures, and artists and academics in conversation. In addition, the Segal Center presents three annual festivals (PRELUDE, PEN World Voices: International Pay Festival, and The Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance) and publishes and maintains three open access online journals (Arab Stages, European Stages, and The Journal of American Drama and Theatre). The Segal Center also publishes many volumes of plays in translation and is the leading publisher of plays from the Arab world. The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center (MESTC) is a vital component of the Theatre Program’s academic culture and creating in close collaboration a research nexus, focusing on dramaturgy, new media, and global theatre. The Segal Center provides an intimate platform where both artists and theatre professionals can actively participate with audiences to advance awareness and appreciation. www.TheSegalCenter.org

THE SEGAL TEAM
Executive Director: Frank Hentschker
Associate Producers: Andie Lerner & Tanvi Shah

THE GRADUATE CENTER, CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK
, of which the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center is an integral part, is the doctorate-granting institution of The City University of New York (CUNY). An internationally recognized center for advanced studies and a national model for public doctoral education, the school offers more than thirty doctoral programs, as well as a number of master’s programs. Many of its faculty members are among the world’s leading scholars in their respective fields, and its alumni hold major positions in industry and government, as well as in academia. The Graduate Center is also home to twenty-eight interdisciplinary research centers and institutes focused on areas of compelling social, civic, cultural, and scientific concerns. Located in a landmark Fifth Avenue building, The Graduate Center has become a vital part of New York City’s intellectual and cultural life with its extensive array of public lectures, exhibitions, concerts, and theatrical events. www.gc.cuny.edu.

HowlRound Theatre Commons
at www.HowlRound.com is a free and open platform for theatre makers worldwide that amplifies progressive, disruptive ideas about the art form and facilitates connection between diverse practitioners. HowlRound envisions a theatre field where resources and power are shared equitably in all directions, contributing to a more just and sustainable world. HowlRound was founded on an organizing principle in the “commons”—a social structure that invites open participation around shared values. HowlRound is a knowledge commons that encourages freely sharing intellectual and artistic resources and expertise. It is our strong belief that the power of live theatre connects us across difference, puts us in proximity of one another, and strengthens our tether to our commonalities. HowlRound is based at Emerson College, Boston. http://www.howlround.com

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