Japanese born performers Eiko and Koma studied with one of the great artists of the avant-garde theatre movement in Japan, Kazuo Ohno. They started their company in 1972 before moving to New York in 1976, where they created their first classic work, White Dance. Stark and theatrical, their work provokes a visceral emotion triggered by their intense immersion in what it means to be alive. Our common history, our common sensations of love and fear, our relationship to nature – Eiko and Koma approach these themes with depth and a penetrating subtlety.
Besides devising the choreography, Eiko and Koma also create their own music, sounds, sets, and costumes. As a result, every performance is self-contained, a complete theatrical landscape in which to experience the dance’s emotional underpinnings. They have also collaborated with other artists, such as the Kronos Quartet for River, and Native American musician Robert Mirabal with painter Sandra Lerner for Land. Eiko and Koma have won a bevy of awards, including two Bessies, a Guggenheim, a MacArthur, and a Dance Magazine award for lifetime achievement in modern dance.
E+K are in the process of constructing a retrospective of their work, which has been presented in theatres, festivals, and other spaces throughout the world. This includes their stage pieces, living installations, video installations, and photography. Eiko + Koma’s intense chronology is still evolving as the artists continue to create theatrical poetry that asks us to take off our masks.
Eiko + Koma Informations
- Public Transportation: Varies by venue
- Handicapped Accessibility: Depends on venue, but generally good
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 30 performances/installations per year, most with multiple performances
- Ticket Prices: Varies widely depending on performance/installation and venue.