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The Space In Back Of You

Feb.26.2009

This 65 minute documentary film by Richard Rutkowski is based upon KOOL-Dancing in My Mind, Robert Wilson's stage tribute to Suzushi Hanayagi, legendary Japanese choreographer, for which Carla Blank served as dramaturg and choreographer.  KOOL premiered in the 2009 Guggenheim Museum's Works & Process Series, in conjunction with "The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860-1989". In the film, interviews with fellow artists are combined with archival and newly filmed material of Suzushi Hanayagi, along with rehearsal and performance excerpts from KOOL's reconstructed dances, as performed by CC Chang, Sally Gross, Meg Harper, and Yuki Kawahisa, and featuring Illenk Gentile and new choreography by Jonah Bokaer. The Space in Back of You reflects Hanayagi's current state of dementia and serves as a poetic monument to a working friendship as it reveals how, from her beginnings in the discipline of Japanese traditional dance training to her decades of modern dance performance, this bold indomitable woman uniquely bridged East and West, making work that expanded what classical or modern dance is and could be.

Comments from Carla

Nov.30.2011 - 12:11 pm
In response to: The Space In Back Of You
This film and the live performance work that inspired it are testimony to how the work of a great artist can...
Dec.02.2009 - 6:04 pm
In response to: Best Gift Book
I recommend "POWWOW,"edited by Ishmael Reed with Carla Blank. This short story collection spans 63 writers...

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