Direct Path to Detour is a new dance work by Portland-based choreographer Takahiro Yamamoto. Grounded in the idea that a sense of who we are is rooted in our embodied experiences, this dance evokes mental and physical states at the intersection of value systems, social pressures, expectations, and personal experiences of four dancers, all of whom have an intimate relationship with bridging multiple societies by birth, residence, upbringing and/or religion. Direct Path to Detour envelops the performers in a poetic, visceral experience of resistance, surrender, sincerity, and fiction.
May 4-7, 2017 Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR [PREMIERE]
Oct 27-29, 2017 DiverseWorks, Houston, TX
Nov 9-10, 2017 Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH
Choreographed by Takahiro Yamamoto
Performed by Julian Barnett, Ayako Kataoka/Crystal Jiko, sidony o'neal & Takahiro Yamamoto
Music composed and performed by Jesse Mejía
Dramaturgy by Lu Yim
Costume design by Heather Treadway
Costume consultant by sidony o'neal
Lighting design by Jeff Forbes
Direct Path to Detour is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project, co-commissioned by PICA in partnership with Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati, DiverseWorks, and NPN. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency).
The project has also received funding from the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts Japan program.