I will research peace politics and poetics to inspire my continuing art-making at New York Public Library thanks to its short-term fellowship grant in the year of 2022-2023.
I will perform at Spectrum on January 6th at 7pm at 481 Van Brunt St, Door 7A, Brooklyn NY. I will perform with the things that I picked up, and my poem that I will renew.
I will speak at a panel discussion with Amelie Deuflhard, Nurkan Erpulat, Ming Poon, and ZHAO Miao, moderated by Octavian Saiu, and hold a workshop at The University of Göttingen, Germany, at The 1st International Symposium on Contemporary Asian Theatre, Between Asia and Europe, Between Local Specificity and Global Recognition. The symposium will be held at Hannah Vogt Hall at The University of Göttingen and online (December 8-9 2022).
I will premiere my new work Kusottare! at THE LAB in San Francisco (2948 16th St) on December 4th at an event Sound Encounters III organized by SFCMP and CNMAT. My work is about ownership of body and sexuality. This is my introduction to the piece (SFCMP Instagram). For the SFCMP webpage, please see here.
Comment about my work/performance Kusottare! by Stephen Smoliar on The Rehearsal Studio.
My composition Elevated Moon for solo cello will be performed by cellist Craig Hultgren at Francis Marion University on January 25th, the University of North Carolina, Charlotte on January 26th, the University of South Alabama and the University of Alabama on February 1st, and Lewis University on February 21st, which will broadcast on Manhattan cable television through Rob Voisey and Vox Novus.
I will perform a new work in collaboration with Luke Dzwonczyk at CNMAT at UC Berkeley on November 17 at 6pm. In this new work, ideas of language/translation and human/machine will be explored. Having grown up in two countries and having my first language being changed as a child at a time "pre-social language" should be formulated or "heuristic speech" should be played out, my relationship to languages has been difficult to comprehend until this day. 2022.11.17
EDME New Music Festival
I am delighted to be invited to perform at the EDME New Music Festival in Eugene, Oregon on October 15th at 7pm. The performance will take place outdoors at Farmer's Market Pavilion Plaza (Oak St and 8th Ave).
Les mémoires enfouies dans les pierres de Aine E. Nakamura à la Biennale de Venise by AMÉLIE BLAUSTEIN NIDDAM was published on Toute La Culture. The following is a translation of the parts of the review.
"We find ourselves, happy few concerned and curious passers-by, sitting on the stone scorched by the day's heat wave – and under the threat of a storm that refuses to burst – around a stage frame. She arrives in a pink kimono and begins by making us laugh with her little steps and her funny voice. But quickly, laughter gives way to astonishment. In this performance that mixes theatre, dance and voice, the artist brings back forgotten stories, melted into wars that have no other name than "the war" "another war."
The performance weaves a silken thread between generations, between families who have lost soldiers or civilians, between ancient and current systems of occupation. Equipped with a military parachute canvas and a few pebbles for decor, the actress slips into an increasingly strange body that nevertheless remains soft. Strange and attractive. She is invaded by voices that possess her, that order her to speak, to tell.
Language is an act that loses all narrative thread. Only she can put the words together to try to make sense of them. Under an Unnamed Flower appears as a manifesto for non-violence. In these quotes and in her movements that take her out of the frame, Aine E. Nakamura comes to seek the gaze of the spectators, she comes to attack us in our good feelings.
Aine E. Nakamura in her ancestral kimono carries, in every strand of silk, someone's memory, and it doesn't matter that she knows their name."