Born and raised in Japan, Eiko Otake is a New York-based movement artist, performer, and choreographer who for more than 40 years has worked as Eiko & Koma. Always performing their own choreography, Eiko & Koma usually design and handcraft all aspects of their works including sets, costumes and sound. Eiko & Koma were honored with two “Bessies,” double Guggenheim fellowships (1984), and the first United States Artists Fellowship (2006) and Doris Duke Artist Award (2012). They are the first collaborative pair to share a MacArthur Fellowship (1996) and the first Asian choreographers to receive the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award (2004) as well as the Dance Magazine Award (2006). After Eiko & Koma’s Retrospective Project (2009-2012) and Archive Project( 2012-2013), Eiko has been directing and performing her first solo project, A Body in Places, which opened with A Body in a Station, twelve hour movement installation at Philadelphia Amtrak station in October 2014 and includes photo exhibition A Body in Fukushima. In February-March 2016, Eiko was the subject of the 10th annual PLATFORM titled A Body in Places, a month-long curated program of Danspace Project in New York City. The Platform included her daily solo, Talking Duet, Group of Soloists events, book club, film series, installations, public conversations, workshops, and 24-hour exhibition.
The Yard Performances
A Body in Places