Yasuko Yokoshi | Dance Center of Columbia College | Dance | Chicago Reader
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Tyler Tyler

Tyler Tyler

Shimpei Takeda

When: Oct. 28-30 2010
Price: $26-$30
Choreographer Yasuko Yokoshi, who takes us on a time-warping, culture-leaping trip in Tyler Tyler, comes by her warping and leaping honestly. Born in Hiroshima, she's lived in New York City since 1981, but she returned to Japan in 2003 to study with Masumi Seyama, the anointed heir to the Kabuki Su-odori ("naked dance") tradition, which strips away Kabuki's elaborate stagecraft, makeup, and gestures. Yokoshi has collaborated with Seyama on What We When We (2006)--a Bessie-winning Kabuki Su-odori version of Raymond Carver's short story "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love"--and Tyler Tyler, which premiered last March and, at 90 minutes, comprises the entire program here. Tyler Tyler deconstructs The Tale of the Heike, an episodic recounting of the battles between two 12th-century Japanese clans, using speech, movement, and music to deliver shards of elliptically structured stories. The pace can be glacial, but the six performers--three American, three Japanese--switch costumes and performance styles with head-spinning speed, mixing and matching places and eras. By twisting together jarring differences and unlikely similarities, Yokoshi creates a forbidding thicket that both invites exploration and stymies interpretation. --Laura Molzahn

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