Yoko K + Aliens of Extraordinary Abilities turn Joe’s theater into an “pre 22nd century nostalgia mars pop”
During a weeklong residency, electronic artist Yoko K. invites local videographer and Japanese artist to create the ultimate alternative experience for audiences
Mount Rainier, MD Feb. 23, 16: Friday, March 25 at 7 pm Joe’s Movement Emporium in partnership with The Clarice hosts experimental electronic sound artist Yoko K who is joined by Japanese visual artist Shuhei and video artist John Tyson in an outside of the ordinary evening of visual and sound explorations. The working title of the piece is “pre 22nd century nostalgia mars pop.” The group consisting of six artists total is calling itself, “Yoko K. + Aliens of Extraordinary Abilities”. Cost of admission is pay-what-you-wish, cash only at the door. A talk back following the show enables audiences to inform the artist’s future work.
About “pre 22nd century nostalgia mars pop”
Of the intention of the show, Yoko K. states, “We immerse you with sound and visual into a dreamlike experience where boundaries cease to exist – between the spiritual and the sensual, ancient and future, organic and technological, you and I.” She continues, “We play for those who are tired; who feel slightly out of place; who feel that technologies separate them from their own humanity, and from others; who have forgotten they are allowed to dream; who long for a home to which they have never been.”
Artists: Yoko K., Nicolas Laget (Kolai) – flute and tenor sax, John Tyson (Capsaicin) – video art, Ian Brundage (Nature Rage) – music production, Shuhei Matsuyama (Mijote Strange) – video art, Bobby Chang (videographer)
About Yoko K.
Yoko K. is an electronic musician, composer, and producer, a two-time winner of Wammie’s “Electronica Artist,” and a past artist-in-residence at Strathmore (2011-2012). Yoko’s ensemble will perform live electronic music and video art to create an immersive multimedia experience – a space conducive for participants to imagine something out of the ordinary. Her aim for the NextLOOK residency is to examine how post-apocalyptic representations of the future shape our sense of the present, and to playfully explore an alternative: “What would the most optimistic future look like?” Audience members will be invited to participate in the showing as visitors from the fictional 22nd century. Her ensemble will also engage the audience through post-performance discussion.
Joe’s Movement Emporium in partnership with The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center hosts NextLOOK. The NextLOOK incubator series serves local and touring artists who want to develop new work with input from the community by providing an artists stipend and rehearsal & performance space. The series has featured Pointless Theatre Company, Vincent E. Thomas/VTDance, BOOMScat, Taurus Broadhurst Dance, Margot Greenlee’s Bodywise Dance, and Clown Cabaret. The series has seen the development of three new pieces of performance work, an exploration of a new style of audience engagement, and has brought professional performing artists to the classrooms of Mount Rainier Elementary School and Club Joe’s After School Arts Programming.
Joe’s Movement Emporium is the largest independent performing arts center in Prince George’s County, MD. Founded in 1995, it is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that incorporates dance, movement and performing arts traditions from around the world into exceptional educational and artistic experiences. Joe’s unique ability to utilize the arts as a vehicle for progressive education, workforce training and economic growth have made it one of the most well-respected nonprofit organizations in the region.