Performances

December 4 @ 7:00pm | December 5 & 6 @ 9:00pm

Mabou Mines
150 First Avenue (Second Floor), NYC 10009

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Through butoh and re-contextualized Buddhist rituals, Yonsei f*ck f*ck imagines a future where the cultural erasure stemming from Japanese internment camps has been overcorrected and distorted into a value system where anime and Japanese junk food have been assimilated into the pantheon of buddhas and bodhisattvas. This new pantheon is used as the source of objects of worship, remixing Buddhist practice and folk traditions with the consumer culture runoff from the Japanese archipelago.

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Glenn Potter-Takata (he/him) is a Bronx-based artist working at the intersection of Japanese religious ritual and butoh. His work centers a Japanese-American experience, and is preoccupied with the transfiguration of Japanese consumer culture as artifact. Glenn’s practice utilizes Buddhist ideas of embodiment to create performances around the body as a historical site, uprooting latent narratives of Japanese internment through performance. Glenn is a 2022 Bronx Dance Fund Award recipient and a current Artist-in-Residence at Movement Research and Rogers Art Loft. He is currently a teacher of Sound, Video, and Media Design at Sarah Lawrence College, where he also received his MFA focusing in multimedia performance. https://gorngorngorn.com/

Special Thanks

Special thanks to Kevin Toyo Suzuki, Amy Larimer, Hilary Brown-Istrefi, Amanda Hameline, Jamie Danner, Tei Blow, Jiali Wang, and Sarah Lawrence College.

Yonsei f*ck f*ck was developed, in part, through a CUNY Dance Initiative residency at Lehman College, and was made possible, in part, through The Movement Research Artist-in-Residence Program, funded, in part, by the Jerome Foundation; Dance/NYC’s New York City Dance Rehearsal Space Subsidy Program, made possible by The Andrew M. Mellon Foundation; the Harkness Foundation for Dance; the Davis/Dauray Family Fund; and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional support was provided by Amanda + James, New Dance Alliance, WestFest, Pioneers Go East, Not Your Mother’s Pan-Asian Festival, Williamsburg Art Nexus, Gibney Dance Center, 7MPR, and the Bronx Council on the Arts, funded through support from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation with additional funding from Amazon.