In this panel discussion, Dr. Chikako Yamauchi—an assistant professor at the National Graduate Policy Institute for Policy Studies in Japan—guides a conversation with Wally Cardona and Jonathan Bepler, choreographer and composer, respectively, for the The Set Up: Saya Lei, which will be performed as part of River To River 2015.
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The Set Up: Saya Lei is the 6th installment in a series of 8 full-length dances that displace contemporary practice by living temporarily within a distinct tradition of mastery. Initiated in 2012, each installment launches with “American contemporary” artists meeting a “master of a traditional” who teach an “ancient” dance form.
The discussion will explore how Cardona, Lacey and Bepler’s creative processes and motivations led to the protocols used in the cross-cultural installments of The Setup and how both hold space for the ambiguities and discoveries inherent to working with differing cultural imprints and placements. As an independent researcher, Yamauchi is participating in Lacey and Cardona’s process of “discussing/doing/dancing” and examining how the The Set Up and its creators are “undoing tendencies toward certainty in art.”