Secret Journey, Chapter 1-5, In Izmir by Yoshiko Chuma and The School of Hard Knocks
Constantly challenging the notion of performance for both audience and participant, Yoshiko Chuma, artistic director of the award winning company The School of Hard Knocks, directs a workout in Açık Stüdyo (Opem Studio) in collaboration with the dancers Serenay Oğuz and Pınar Özer. Focusing on the transformation of conceptual ideas into physical movement vocabulary, the performance becomes an exercise for both the mind and the body. Throughout the workout, which lasts 14 days and is open to anyone, the dancers, together with Yoshiko Chuma, exercise with props. With Ms. Chuma, who appraises dance as ‘a flowing resistance activity using dance to deliver a delicate and powerful message’, the dancers use their own movements, words, images and experiences to create movement. Yoshiko Chuma, whose works have been staged in several places including Joyce Theater, The Eiffel Tower and World Financial Center, and the dancers Serenay Oğuz and Pınar Özer invite the audience to their own artistic journey. The performance date is July 11. Mark your calendars!