New York, NY
September 26, 2015
by Martha Sherman
copyright © 2015 by Martha Sherman
Together and apart, zero and one, twin Japanese dancers Manami and Sawami Fukuoka are entirely the same, and entirely different. In Yasuko Yokoshi’s haunting “Zero One,” they waft between traditional Japanese movement and American-inflected contemporary dance, the combination that choreographer Yokoshi has played with throughout her career. Up to now, Yokoshi created work for audiences in her adopted American home; with “Zero One,” she created and offered the work first in Japan. Yokoshi is fluent in both cultures, and revels in the exotic, uncomfortable differences as she challenges her audience to stand witness.
Suwami Fukuoka and Manami Fukuoka in "Zero One." Photo © Ian Douglas.