DREAM ISLAND… coming June to Joe’s Movement Emporium

DREAM ISLAND

Show description

A highly charged physical expression, ‘Dream Island’ is part carnival, part laboratory, part archeological trip. Melding movement, text, music, and installation, it concocts thirteen vignettes infused with playful, humorous, explosive, and dark absurdity. Initially inspired by a Japanese theme park built on the buried landfill called ‘Dream Island’, this piece digs, examines, and reveals layers of debris, getting deeper and more distant from the reality. The audience is asked to bare witness as five characters attempt to search, reconstruct, and uncover memories and histories, both tangible and fleeting, personal and collective.

Direction and structure by Naoko Maeshiba, created by Emily Hall, Sarah Lloyd, Donald Roderick, Danni Tsuboi, & Naoko Maeshiba, sound design and light installation by Khristian Weeks, environment design by Khristian Weeks, Naoko Maeshiba, & Sarah Lloyd, Lighting design by Helen Garcia Alton.

Naoko Maeshiba/KIBISM

Founded in 2002 by Naoko Maeshiba, Kibism [kibizm] has been creating and performing works that explore the intersection of movement, voice, music, object, and video images in order to discover a new form of perception.

The mission of Kibism is to offer a theatrical experience that taps onto different states of consciousness and opens multiple channels of communication. Body is the main medium for Kibism works. Examining the body’s potentials as a place where the external and the internal stimuli encounter, as a vessel through which images germinate, as a landscape for memories and histories, Kibism works investigate the relationship between our bodies and the environments we live in.

‘Kibi’ in Japanese means ‘strange beauty’. It also means ‘delicate inner workings which might not appear on the surface’. This idea forms the foundational aesthetics of our creation. Primal passion, vivid sensuality, and refined physicality collide, harmonize, and synthesize, illuminating rich layers of abstracted narrative. Kibism aspires to delve into the obscured aspects of the society, unearth the ephemeral moments in life, and seek out this strange beauty of our existence on the universe.

Naoko Maeshiba BIO

Naoko Maeshiba is a performer/choreographer/director. With body’s expression at the core, she aspires to create a shared experience that affects people’s perception and releases their imagination. Rooted in the minimalism of traditional and contemporary Japanese theatre as well as improvisation and surrealist art, her work pursues truth in abstraction through the interplay of kinetic, auditory, and sculptural elements revealing the obscured and ephemeral moments in life. In 2002, she founded a performance lab, KIBISM, in order to pursue her inquiries about the depth of the body. In 2006, she began her investigation about the solo body and experiments on the approaches and strategies for improvisational dance, descending into the most vital, raw, and personal space and pursuing moment-to-moment truth in her consciousness.

Her works have been presented in both traditional and non-traditional venues in the North America, Europe, and Japan including John. F. Kennedy Center of Performing Arts (DC), Hirshhorn Museum at Smithsonian Institute (DC), Theatre of Yugen Noh space (SF), Tank (NY), Joyce Soho (NY), Ko Festival of Amherst (MA), Baltimore Theatre Project (MD), Questfest (MD), Dialog of Four Cultures Festival (Lodz, Poland), International New Media Festival (Warsaw, Poland), International House of Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan), Theatre Jo (Tabor, Czech Republic), Dance Hakushu (Hakushu, Japan), Dance Place (DC), Warehouse Gallery (DC) and Woolly Mammoth Theatre (DC).

Naoko Maeshiba Artistic Statement

I’m a performer/choreographer/director creating both solo and ensemble performances in traditional and non-traditional venues since 1998. With body’s expression at the center, I aspire to create a shared experience that changes people’s perception and releases their imagination. Rather than using the body as a tool to create movements, I focus on choreographing senses, letting the body speak itself in a carefully prepared environment. My curiosity lies in both visible and invisible movements.

Rooted in the minimalism of traditional and contemporary Japanese theatre as well as improvisation and surrealist art, my work pursues truth in abstraction through the interplay of kinetic, auditory, and sculptural elements revealing the obscured aspects of society and unearthing ephemeral moments in life. The past productions have tapped onto the crucial issues in our era: aging, youth violence, departure and arrival, traces in our bodies, and home and family.

In 2002, I founded a performance lab, KIBISM, in order to pursue my inquiries about the depth of the body. ‘KIBI’ stands for ‘strange beauty’ or ‘inner working of things that doesn’t surface’. Through workshops and classes on what I call ‘Essential Body”, I’ve been seeking out a way to have each performer perceive and identify the strange beauty (KIBI) of our existence.

In 2006, I started furthering my investigation about the solo body and experimenting the approaches and strategies for improvisational dance. There is something extremely honest, immediate, and intimate about working in solo. It gives me an opportunity to face myself and descend into the most vital, raw, and personal space. I pursue moment-to-moment truth in my consciousness. Such investigation provides me with a way to re-learn how the body as a micro-cosmos perceives and captures the environment and how the movements are created as the body’s resonance with the larger universe.

My works have been presented in both traditional and non-traditional venues in the North America, Europe, and Japan including John. F. Kennedy Center of Performing Arts (DC), Hirshhorn Museum at Smithsonian Institute (DC), Theatre of Yugen Noh space (SF), Tank (NY), Joyce Soho (NY), Ko Festival of Amherst (MA), Baltimore Theatre Project (MD), Questfest (MD), Dialog of Four Cultures Festival (Lodz, Poland), International New Media Festival (Warsaw, Poland), International House of Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan), Theatre Jo (Tabor, Czech Republic), Dance Hakushu (Hakushu, Japan), Dance Place (DC), Warehouse Gallery (DC) and Woolly Mammoth Theatre (DC).

I have received Individual Artist Award in solo performance (dance, theatre) and choreography from Maryland State Arts Council and Baltimore City Arts Council,  ruby grant, ‘b’ grant, and Individual Artist Fellowship Grant in directing from DC Commissions on the Arts and Humanities & NEA.

Since 2009 I have been engaged in a somatic practice called Feldenkrais and searching to integrate its holistic inclusive view into my artistic practice.

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