Location: Floor Five
Tanaka will perform his site-specific and improvisational on-going project entitled Locus Focus in the fifth floor gallery and outdoor terraces, in conjunction with the exhibition and work of Cecil Taylor.
About the program
Tanaka is a renowned Japanese dancer and choreographer whose unique style incorporates a variety of movement techniques and draws consistent inspiration from changes in the natural world. Taylor’s relationship with Tanaka is one of mutual admiration and influence. After performing together across Japan in the late 1980s, they collaborated on a site-specific performance on Mercer Street for the Guggenheim Museum (1994) and more recently performed together at a ceremony recognizing Taylor’s receipt of the 2013 Kyoto Prize.
Free with Museum admission.
5 pm Floor Five, Neil Bluhm Family Galleries
1 pm Floor Five, Outdoor Gallery
Min Tanaka is a renowned Japanese dancer and choreographer whose unique style incorporates a variety of movement techniques and draws consistent inspiration from changes in the natural world. Trained in modern dance, a dominant style in postwar Japan, Tanaka left the Japanese Contemporary Dance Association in the early 1970s to pursue his own research and performance practice. Often referred to as the "naked dancer," in the 70s Tanaka performed improvisational dances without clothes, stage, or set, in public spaces across Japan and overseas, often several times a day. From 1982–86, Tanaka studied under Butoh-founder Tatsumi Hijikata, and has been widely considered a leading interpreter of the genre ever since. Following Hiikata’s death in 1986, Tanaka moved to the countryside outside Tokyo, where he established Body Weather Farm, a cooperative space for dancers to explore the history of dance in relation to farming life in Japan. Tanaka often refers to his increasingly collaborative dance practice as "Body Weather," a form of expression conveyed through a body that is absorptive, capricious, and "omnicentral"—responsive to environmental stimulis.