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Yukio Suzuki

Juraj Kojs

An artistic collaboration between Japanese dancer and choreographer Yukio Suzuki and Slovakian-born composer, sound and multimedia artist, performer, researcher and educator Juraj Kojs, to create, produce and present a multi-layered piece of art. The piece adapted and ultimately evolved from its creation, at the Everglades’ Residency AIRIE in the month of April, 2021, to each presentation.

Cross-pollination emerges as the dancer/choreographer speaks of his Artists In Residency In the Everglades, AIRIE experience and the composer hears his speech as musical sounds.

 

The process begins with Yukio Suzuki recording short summaries on his residency experience in Japanese. Juraj Kojs receives the summaries and treats them as musical materials: rhythms, melodies, articulation and pacing of the speech become musical protagonists for a 20-minute composition. A soulful lullaby about a red dragonfly, a musical play with the local dry palm leaves and daily objects at the residency as well as sweet humming of Yukio’s little daughter further contribute to a creation of rich musical encounter.

 

The music piece was installed on 10 portable speakers which are then placed around the outdoor performance space at the Everglades National Park. In his performance, Yukio visits his memories through body-sound interaction and tells a unique story of time passing in this magical place.

Project Dates:

This Project is a collaboration with AIRIE Yukio Suzuki Residency April 2020

 

ALSO PART OF THE PROJECT:

Video:
Alejandro Demetrius and David Narbecki

Photography:

Mateo Serna Zapata

Graphic Design:

Sebastian Longhitano

LIVE PERFORMANCE

Saturday, April 17, 2021, 3:00 pm

Everglades National Park - Royal Palm Visitor Center

40001 State Road 9336, Homestead, Florida 33034

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ONLINE EVENT “AIRIE ASKS”

Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 1:00 pm

Zoom and Facebook

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Yukio Suzuki (Japan)


Is a dancer and choreographer. He has studied butoh since 1997 and in 2000 he founded his dance company "YUKIO SUZUKI projects" in order to more widely activities as a choreographer, performer and director. He’s been to more than 40 cities in the world, and his strong physicality and dance performance that is flexible, sensitive, and sticking out of spaces, attracts local audience. He is also active in choreography for ballet dancers and children, collaboration with musicians, and workshops. His works have won several important awards in Japan, in 2008 his work “Confronting Silence” won the Grand prix at the Toyota Choreography Award.In 2012 he took part in Danse Elargie 2012 at the Theatre de la Ville in Paris, where he placed among the top ten. YUKIO SUZUKI PROJECTS

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Juraj Kojš (Slovakia/USA).

 

Miami New Times described his muscle-powered multimedia Neraissance as "striking and unforgettable," MiamiArtzine called his Signals "enthralling and immersive," and Miami Herald praised his Bang for the Train as "the most profound… unexpected and enjoyable.” Kojš’s commissions include Meet the Composer, Harvestworks, Vizcaya, Miami Theater Center and MDC Live Arts. Kojš published in Organized Sound, Leonardo Music Journal, Computer Music Journal and Journal of New Music Research. Kojš directs Foundation for Emerging Technologies and Arts (FETA). He holds a Ph.D in Composition and Computer Technologies from University of Virginia and taught at Medialogy Aalborg University, Yale University, Stanford University, University of Virginia and Miami International University. Kojš is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice at the University of Miami's Frost School of Music. www.kojs.net

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The next step in this collaboration is for the piece to be presented in Tokyo, Japan, in 2023.

Sponsors

In collaboration
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WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS AND THE CULTURAL AFFAIRS COUNCIL, THE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY MAYOR AND BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS.

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