EIKO & KOMA (eikoandkoma.org) Since 1972, Japanese-born choreographer/dancers Eiko & Koma have created a unique and riveting theater of movement out of stillness, shape, light and sound. Eiko & Koma dance about what matters to them. Thier subjects are elemental; their message pitiless yet humanistic. Both their choreography and stagecraft are characterized by bold, highly theatrical strokes. The result is stark, infused with relentless stillness that subverts and transcends our everyday notions of time and space. Eiko & Koma want the vulnerability of their own dancing bodies to invite the audience's empathy.
CELIA IPIOTIS (eyeondance.org) is the creator, producer, and moderator of the nationally recognized culture series EYE ON DANCE & The Arts and EYE ON THE ARTS. Publicly singled out for her expertise in television and the arts, Ms. Ipiotis has served on university dance faculties, participated on international and national arts selection panels, functioned as advisor for WNET's "Dance In America Series," led panels and forums on arts issues and moderated conversations on the artistic process for major cultural institutions. Arts commentary by Ms. Ipiotis appears weekly on "EYE ON THE ARTS" and in print and internet publications. Ms. Ipiotis began her professional career as a ballet and modern dancer and choreographer. She became intrigued with the creative potential inherent in the mixing of video and dance while completing a BFA in DANCE at Ohio State University and MA in Media Studies at New School for Social Research. The recipient of choreographic fellowships, she performed with the Dayton Ballet, founded and directed the Living Arts Dance Company and held numerous artist-in-residence positions in school districts throughout the United States.
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