The title Mizaru is the name of one of the three wise monkeys “Mizaru, Kikazaru, Iwazaru” in Japanese culture, better known in English as See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil. Developed by Purring Tiger (a collaboration between Kiori Kawai and myself) as Artists in Residence at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, MIZARU explores society's relationship with death. Oddly, by accepting our own mortality we actually become more alive, knowing we could die at any moment makes every moment special. The piece brings the audience on this journey from life to death and back again.
Excerpts - June 2013:
Full Performance - June 2013:
Choreographer: Kiori Kawai
Composer: Aaron Sherwood
New media artists: Aaron Sherwood, Mike Allison, Johann Diedrick
Performers: Kiori Kawai, Masanori Asahara, Marjolayne Auger, Kanako Yokota, Emi Ueda, Hsiao-Wei, Hsiao-Ting, Prema Kelley, Laurence Martin, Tia Huston, Sammy Donahue, Kashimi Asai, Pavel Y. Machuca-Zavarzin, Ayaka Habata, Suzanne Beahrs, Lauren Kelly, Shandoah Goldman, Arisa Kusumi, Peter Musante
Video shot by E. Adkins & C. Lopez
Photos by Momo Nakayama
*This piece made possible in part with funding from the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, the Puffin Foundation and Huawei.