B i g M o b i u s B a s h : S P E E D - P E R F O R M A N C E + @ Studio Soto, 10 Channel Center St. Boston, MA. performance by:Yuka Takahashi, 06.15.13. Photo: ©Sandrine Schaefer
Yuka Takahashi is a dancer, performer, improviser and choreographer currently based in Boston. She is originally from Japan. Her works are highly influenced by conceptual /experimental practice and movement invention. Her experimental approach towards her creations are by actively making an attempt to employ various media and taking advantage of the specific performance site to expand the possibility of presenting the concept from many perspectives without forgetting the existence of the body. At the same time she is interested in taking the audience out of its passive role and actively engage it in the performance.
After she received professional training at Joffrey Ballet School, she extended her interest and training in dance and performance art in NYC and Europe. In 2006 she moved to Vienna, Austria. There, she received a residency at D.ID curated by Liz King and she was an artist in residence at the experimental performance LAB called LABfactory for 2 years. At LABfactory she regularly created inter-disciplinary productions with full professional support under the direction of Thomas J. Jelinek and Kazuko Kurosaki. Since she was in Vienna, she has been strongly engaged with artists of other disciplines. Her works and collaboration projects were performed around Europe, Japan and the United States. Since moving to Boston in May 2011 she has presented her own works at Mobius, Boston Center for the Arts, Boston University, Movement Research (NYC), Y Theater at YMCA and OBERON. She produced the experimental performance events 'Living Space' at OBERON (2012) and 'Test Kitchen' at Cambridge Y (2014).
2x In a Living Room and a Kitchen
@Movement At The Mills, Boston Center for the Arts
June 30, 2012
Concept, Movement, and Sound by Max Lord, Yuka Takahashi, Sara June
Label M/Faker is an interactive dance/installation performance.
This performance aimed to reveal how accepting "personal labels" manipulates and eventually shapes reality.
What creates one’s identity?
How do words influence it?
Concept: Yuka Takahashi
Performance: Yuka Takahashi, Liz Roncka,
Sound: Max Lord
Performed: at Mobius, Boston, 2011
photo: Kristophe Diaz
Who are you?
What are you?
What do you want?
What do you like?
Where do you belong?
Why do you exist?
Where are you from?
Where are you going?
RUN(A)WAY is a dance piece representing the reality of identity in the current society. The piece combines interview films, text and dance to explore the gap between the physical existence and self perception as well as perceptions from the others by setting the performance in a RUNWAY show.
Concept: Yuka Takahashi
Performance: Teresa Czepiel, David Glista, Liz Roncka, Yuka Takahashi
Sound: Jane Wang
Photo: Kristophe Diaz
Connectraction was made for a series of >NO COMMENT + < organized by Kazuko Kurosaki. 3 featured artists presented their own works in the display of LABfactory to the public.
The piece explores the connections and tractions in the human society. Free space in the beginning was sectioned by string telephones and became incapable of moving a body.
Concept/ Performance: Yuka Takahashi
Performed at LABfactory Vienna, 2009