Red: A Body in Places by Eiko Otake

Monday, May 23Sunday, June 12


SAIC Galleries, 33 E Washington St.


[Eiko in Valparaiso, Chile, Photo by William Johnston]

Eiko Otake edited this video to illuminate, in fast-pace, her solo performance project, A BODY IN PLACES. The red cloth she often uses in her performance is used as a visual link between different places and communities where Eiko performed.
23 minutes edited by Eiko Otake.

About Eiko Otake

Raised in Japan and a resident of New York since 1976, Eiko Otake is a movement-based, interdisciplinary artist. She worked for more than forty years as Eiko & Koma but since 2014 has been performing her own projects.

Eiko & Koma always performed their own choreography and created sets, costumes and sound. They presented their works worldwide, including many appearances at the American Dance Festival and at BAM’s Next Wave Festival. Durational works were commissioned by the Whitney Museum, the Walker Art Center, and MoMA. Their Retrospective Project (2009 to 2012) included the publication, screenings, and museum exhibitions.

Eiko & Koma were honored with the first United States Artists Fellowship (2006). They are the first collaborative pair to share a MacArthur Fellowship (1996) and the first Asian choreographers to receive the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award (2004).

Eiko performed site-specific solos at more than seventy locations. Visiting irradiated Fukushima, she created photo exhibitions. In 2016, she was the subject of Danspace Platform: A Body in Places. In 2017 Eiko performed all day at the three Metropolitan Museum buildings. Most recently Eiko premiered A Body in a Cemetery and a monologue performance for the 20th anniversary of 9.11. EIko received the Guggenheim Fellowship (1984), the first Doris Duke Artist Awards (2012), a special Bessie citation (2016), the Anonymous Was a Woman Award (2016), and the Sam Miller Award for Performing Arts (2020).

Learn more about Eiko Otake's past projects in the Galleries here.

The presentation of Eiko Otake is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This project was supported, in part, by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.