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Derek Bailey & Min Tanaka: Mountain Stage

From Performance Assembles Publics: Contact Improvisation as Landmark

While not strictly a “simultaneous solo,” it is in the gaps between the two performers and how the public must fill and combine them that this duet unfolds, with Bailey playing between foreground and background, alternately taking the leading and supporting role.

Derek Bailey was an improvisational musician and theorist of improvisation. Min Tanaka’s work as a performer and teacher develops upon Butoh, the postwar Japanese existentialist poetic form grounded in a reflection on the problem of human survival in the face of nuclear catastrophe, but develops it into something less theatrical, less of an entertainment, less polite and even more publicly engaged.

April 21, 2019

Curated by

Jeremiah Day