This video was filmed in June 1998 at the Whitney Museum of American Art and produced by the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts/Dance Collection. BREATH is a creative archive project of Eiko & Koma’s living installation of the same title commissioned by the Whitney Museum and curated by Matthew Yokobosky. For the living installation BREATH, Eiko or Koma was in the installation during all hours that the museum was open from May 28 to June 21, 1998.
For the media work BREATH, Eiko & Koma created movement more specific to the camera and collaborated with filmmaker Jerry Pantzer in filming and editing. A disagreement between the filmmaker and the choreographers resulted in two differently edited works.
©1999, Dance Collection, New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations. Screened at the Dance on Camera Festival 2001 at Lincoln Center. 15 minutes, color video.
CREDITS: Director/Cinematography/Sound Design: Jerry Pantzer; Environment/Video/Performers/Choreography: Eiko & Koma; Lighting: Eiko & Koma, Scott Poitras; Editors: Jerry Pantzer, Eiko & Koma; Avid Supervising Editor: Francois Bernadi; Production Coordinator: Else Peck; Production Supervisor: Jan Schmidt; Whitney Museum of American Art: Curator, Film and Video: Matthew Yokobosky. Included in the Jerome Robbins Archive of the Recorded Moving Image Dance Collection, The New York Public Library. Underwritten by The Pew Charitable Trusts and administered at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as well as the National Initiative to Preserve America’s Dance. Assisted by the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.