Donna Uchizono Company
Wings of Iron (World Premiere)
Bessie and US Artist award winner Donna Uchizono will present the world premiere of Wings of Iron, an evening-length work that examines what it takes to remain humane in these charged times. Investigating the “weight in-between,” the work provides a forum in which to share the weight of vulnerability that is simultaneously public and private. The detailed choreography unfolds a tough exterior over time allowing a new intimacy to emerge, leading to a deeper exploration of this question. Choreographed by Uchizono in collaboration with performers Bria Bacon, Natalie Green, Molly Lieber, and Pareena Lim, Wings of Iron features an original score by composer okkyung lee and lighting design by Joe Levasseur, co-presented by the Chocolate Factory Theater.
Donna Uchizono is a dance artist based in New York City and the artistic director of Donna Uchizono Company, which has performed throughout the US, Europe, South America, Australia, and Asia. Uchizono has received public and critical recognition for her innovative movement language and distinct wit, recognized by notable collaborations with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Paula Vogel, David Hammons, and Oliver Sacks.
A 2016 USArtists Fellow, Uchizono has received many awards (Guggenheim, Bessie, Alpert) and support from the MAP Fund, National Dance Project, National Endowment for the Arts, NYFA Fellowships, New York State Council on the Arts, and Creative Capital, among others. Uchizono is an active member of the dance community and supports new artistic voices through outreach and education programs. She has served as a mentor for Sugar Salon, DoublePlus at Gibney Dance Center, and currently through her own company’s choreographic mentorship program, Shared Choreographic Practice. She founded the Artist Advisory Board at Danspace Project, initiated a panel series on issues in the Dance Field at Gibney, and has served as a grants panelist for various funding institutions.
Photo: Peggy Jarrell Kaplan