Photo By Gregory Georges

Eiko Otake

Born and raised in Japan and a resident of New York since 1976, Eiko Otake is a movement–based, interdisciplinary artist. After working for more than forty years as Eiko & Koma, she began performing her own solo project A Body in Places in 2014. In 2017, she launched a multi-year Duet Project that she directs and performs with a diverse range of artists, including a few who are deceased. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic and hosted by Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts (CFA), Eiko created Virtual Studio where she shares her work and dialogues.

After studying with Kazuo Ohno and Tatsumi Hijikata in Japan and Manja Chmiel in Germany, Eiko & Koma created 46 interdisciplinary performance works, two career exhibitions and numerous media works. Their durational performance living installations were commissioned by the Whitney Museum, the Walker Art Center, and MoMA. Their Retrospective Project (2009 to 2012) culminated in a comprehensive monograph, Time is Not Even, Space is Not Empty, published by the Walker Art Center. Eiko & Koma were honored with the first United States Artists Fellowship (2006) and Doris Duke Artist Awards (2012). They were 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) and the Dance Magazine Award (2006).

Eiko’s solo project began with a 12-hour performance at the Philadelphia 30th Street Station. Since then, Eiko has performed variations of A Body in Places at over 60 sites, including many locations in Fukushima, Japan. In 2016, Eiko was the subject of the 10th annual Danspace Platform, a month-long curated program that brought her a special Bessie citation, an Art Matters grant, and the Anonymous Was a Woman Award. Co-presented by Performa 2017 and Met Live Arts, Eiko occupied each of the three Metropolitan Museum of Art sites while projecting a seven-hour video she created from William Johnston’s photographs of herself dancing in irradiated Fukushima.

In 2020, Eiko performed live at Greenwood Cemetery in the fall. In 2021, she opened Tokyo Real Underground Festival in the spring and premiered a performance work, A Body with Fukushima, the result of her continued collaboration with David Harrington (Kronos Quartet) and Johnston. Eiko regularly teaches at Wesleyan University, NYU, and Colorado College.

Past Classes & Events

Delicious Movement Workshop

Nov 16 – Nov 17, 2019