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The Smallest Country: Duet Improvisation
Cassie Terman and Shinichi Momo Koga
at CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing)
123 4th Ave, 2nd FL, between 12th & 13th streets, in Manhattan
Friday-Saturday, July 21-22, 2006 at 8 PM
Shinichi Momo Koga, a featured performer of the recent New York Butoh
Festival and called by some the Fred Estaire of Butoh, returns once
again to New York to play in a more improvised, theatrical form with
Action Theatre maven Cassie Terman, and avant-garde musician Keren
Rosenbaum. General admission tickets are $15 and are available through
theatermania.com (212-352-3101) and at the door.
"Mr. Koga and Ms. Terman are sure, charismatic performers. May [they]
soon perform again together." -- Jennifer Dunning, New York Times,
Koga and Terman enter the empty stage and build an evening length work
from the first moments, gestures, and sounds. They play in a highly
physical realm that includes sound/music and language to explore an
often surreal and dreamlike, yet utterly immediate world together.
Comic dilemma and the pathos of human frailty are woven into a
cohesive, wild, delicate, and unpredictable whole. Joining them on a
variety of instruments is musician Shazad.
Shinichi Momo Koga has been showing work since 1988 throughout North
America, Europe and Japan. A photographer, filmmaker and theater
actor/director, Koga became primarily known as a Butoh dancer after
1991 when he began dancing under Hiroko and Koichi Tamano. In 1994, he
created the group Uro Teatr Koku with Alenka Mullin Koga, which became
) in 1998. Additionally, he collaborates with
Yumiko Yoshioka and TEN PEN CHii (Germany: 1996-2001), Do Theatre
(Russia: 1997-present), Shadowlight Theatre (USA: 1993-1997) and the
group adapt in Berlin with Minako Seki, Sten Rudstøm, Yuko Kaseki and
Yael Karavan. He performed in the first New York Butoh Festival and was
a featured performer in this year's festival.
Cassie Terman is a performer, dance/theater director, writer and
teacher. She began training in Physical Theater and Improvisation --
"Action Theater" -- with Ruth Zaporah in 1991. Since then she has been
performing with the International Action Theater Ensemble
(1992-present), founded and performed in the three-woman theater group
"etiquette" (1998-2000), performed with inkBoat (2000-2001), and
currently works in collaborative duets with Sten Rudstrom, Shinichi
Momo Koga, and Keren Rosenbaum/Reflex Ensemble. As well as
collaborating, she also regularly performs solo improvisations that
incorporate language, sound and physicality.