Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica will present the Southern California premiere of The Crazy Cloud Collection, featuring Japanese Butoh dance performances, at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28.
Crazy Cloud is choreographed by Ko Murobushi, recognized in Japan as a leading inheritor of Tatsumi Hijikata’s original vision of Butoh, and the inkBoat performance company’s Shinichi Iova-Koga, a younger generation artist who has created a hybrid form of performance integrating Butoh dance, physical theater and martial arts.
Together, these artists will invite the ghost of Ikkyu, known for provocative, biting and unorthodox poetry, to share the stage with them, a Highways spokesman said.
The sound score for Crazy Cloud Collection has been created by the collection of inkBoat musicians known as “Causing a Tiger” (Shahzad Ismaily, Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi).
Integral to the development of the dance are the co-collaborators Dana Iova-Koga and Sherwood Chen, the Highways spokesman said. The story of Ikkyu’s young lover, the blind musician Shinjo, became an entry point for Iova-Koga’s relationship with the poet monk, and offered the sensual feminine counterpoint and muse to Ikkyu’s masculine eroticism.
Peiling Kao will dance Iova-Koga’s role in this production, offering her own interpretation of what it means to exist without sight and in love, the Highways spokesman noted.
Highways Performance Space is at 1651 18th St., Santa Monica.
Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for members, students and seniors. To purchase tickets, (310) 315-1459, or www.highwaysperformance.org.