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Eiko & Koma Otake

United States

Grants Awarded

2003 | Dance | Cambodia

to pursue research on dance and related cultural activities in Cambodia and to offer workshops and performances in Phnom Penh under the auspices of the Reyum Institute of Arts and Culture



July 12, 2016 - July 14, 2016

The artist states that he is not a visual artist by trade and that movement is his “true language.” He envisions a meditative and communal space to honor the connection between past and present and provide a home for lost spirits.

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October 6, 2016 - March 12, 2017

A Body in Fukushima, (Eiko's collaborative work with historian and photographer William Johnston) will be on view at the Cathedral of Saint John Divine as a part of the Cathedral's larger art exhibition, The Christa Project. Eiko is named as an artist in residence for the year and co-curates her photo exhibition,  performances, and other activities, all of which explore the dignity and transcendence inherent in the ordinary and the disregarded.

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Remembering Fukushima: Art and Conversations at the Cathedral

March 11, 2017

On March 11, 2017, Remembering Fukushima: Art and Conversation at the Cathedral will commemorate the sixth anniversary of the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster in Japan. Conceived by the Cathedral’s artist-in-residence, Eiko Otake, this four-hour program will bring together scholars, specialists, and artists of many disciplines to create an occasion that aspires to be both informative and affecting. Eiko invites you to join her at the Cathedral to explore the relationship of body, place, and history on March 11 from 1pm to 5pm.

Eiko Otaka received an ACC Fellowship in 2003 for research on dance in Cambodia.

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Flutes of Hope

March 3, 2017

Flutes of Hope, which debuted at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in 2012 and is led by ACC's former Director Ralph Samuelson, is an annual music program paying tribute to the resilience and compassion of the Japanese people following the devastating earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear reactor calamity of March 2011. Now commemorating the sixth anniversary of this unprecedented triple disaster, Flutes of Hope reaches out to the spirits of those lost and honors the selfless dedication of those rebuilding their communities.

This year’s program is inspired by the themes of the Cathedral’s Dignity Initiative and The Christa Project and features poems written by earthquake survivors in Fukushima and neighboring regions.

Participating artists are ACC grantees Elizabeth Brown, shakuhachi and silver flute; Eiko Otake, recitation and dance; Karen Kandel, recitation; and performers Ralph Samuelson, shakuhachi; Steve Gorn, bansuri; Sylvain Leroux, fula flute.

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