Chico and Shoko are dance artists based in Kagoshima, Japan. They are directors of Contact Improvisation Group C.I.co. This company has been performing and touring Contact Improvisation work and organising CI events around the world since its foundation in 2000. Chico and Shoko’s artistic projects aspire to be close to nature and connect with life as a global citizen.
Phase 47 is a structured improvisation dance for many different phases of the space where the body is, and is framed by their bodies and movements. The dancers exist and respond to each other sub- consciously within these phases. The piece interprets “ body movements as the phenomenon in that space”. Phase 47 will be followed by a short free improvisation duet accompanied by a live musician.
Phase 47 directed and performed by Chico Katsube & Shoko Kashima
Music: recorded improvised piano by Rico,
Duration: Variable – 20-30mins
Improvisation performed by Chico Katsube , Shoko Kashima
Live music by Ichi-go Miura
Duration: Variable – 20 – 40mins
Performances at Echo Echo Studios
Chico and Shoko will perform their work Phase 47 followed by Improvisation performances at Echo Echo Studios:
- Wednesday 16th November – Echo Echo Studio One, 8pm
- Thursday 17th November – Echo Echo Studio One, 8pm
Other performances in partnership with local community organisations
Chico and Shoko will perform Improvisation performances on the following days and locations:
- Friday 11th November – Donemana Primary School, Co Tyrone, 11am (Schools performance in association with Donemana PS and St Patrick's PS, Dunamanagh)
- Saturday 12th November – Craft Village, Derry City Centre, 3pm (Improvisation Family performances - free entry)
- Sunday 13th November – The Playtrail Amphitheatre, Racecourse Road, Derry, 3pm (Improvisation Family performances - free entry)
- Tuesday 15th November – Foyle Arts Building, Magee Campus, Ulster University 1pm (University performance in association with Ulster University School of Creative Arts)
Image of Chico and Shoko by Parkkim Hyungjoon.
Echo Echo thanks The Japan Foundation (London) for their support with this project.