IzumonookunI (2024)

Image by Nikki Lee



Aretha Aoki and Ryan MacDonald

IzumonookunI is sci-fi-punk-futuristic mixed media dance piece by Aretha Aoki and Ryan MacDonald. Incorporating dance, built objects, and original sound and video design, the piece braids together the (her)story of Kabuki theater, the women who have been erased in Aretha Aoki’s family due to the patriline, and the structure of “strange loops”— cyclic forms that evade their hierarchical and linear-seeming progressions.

IzumonookunI (in development)
Bates Dance Festival
Date TBA

IzumonookunI (work-in-progress, excerpt)
estrogenius festival, Frigid NYC
Kraine Theater (NYC), March 26, 2022 at 7 pm

IzumonookunI (work-in-progress, excerpt)
New England Now Dance Platform
Institute for Contemporary Art (Boston, MA)
March 18-20, 2022 at 8 pm

IzumonookunI (work-in-progress) and Wind in the Pines (video and live excerpt) 2020
Arts Alive at Roger Williams University, Rhode Island, Feb. 12th, 2022 at 7:30 pm


Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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