Izumo no Okuni, author unknown
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.
Funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.