“Sublime, the untenable quality that expresses humanity’s joint conflicts and strides.” – The Daily Gazette
“Ueyama’s at his most inventive with the ever-shifting pattern of the figures on stage. Any Given moment offers a picture that is exquisitely balanced yet often surprising.” – Tobi Tobais , Bloomberg.com
Choreography: Takehiro Ueyama
Music: Toru Takemitsu Strophe from In an Autumn Garden
J. S. Bach Andante from Sonata No. 2 in A minor
Lisa Gerrard & Patrick Cassidy Womb
Samuel Barber Adagio for Strings
Lighting: Jason Jeunnette
Costumes: Sabado Lam
Set Design: Paul Hunter
Premiere: September 22, 2006 at The Ailey Citigroup Theater, NY
One is a 30 minute piece consisting of 4 sections, inspired by Gregory Colbert’s exhibit Ashes & Snow. With traces of my Japanese heritage, this piece explores the beauty of nature and the nature of humanity. Juxtaposing ecstatic, uncontrolled movement with simple gestures, poses and design, this piece embodies the universal idea that we come from the past, live in the present and move into the future. One shows the interconnectedness between humanity, nature, life and death. Completing my vision for this piece is a 30 x 10 foot landscape backdrop created by the artist Paul Hunter.
*Fourth section commissioned by the International Summer Dance in Burgos, Spain, July 2005.