THANK YOU!
UMAMI Performance is currently taking a break after our ambitious and successful Constellation Half-Remembered performance series.  Aaron is moving into a classroom teaching position, teaching 3rd grade.  Aiko is teaching at Velocity while pursuing other interests in her life.  We continue to be interested in artistic opportunities, the combining of set and improvised movement, and the everyday questions that make us who we are.

Our latest project, Constellation Half-Remembered, swung through the summer skies and descended once more into darkness.  We had an amazing group of collaborating artists and dancers as well as 5 dynamic and unorthodox locations.  Our collaborators were Amy Denio, Beth Fleenor, Dani Norberg, Kathryn Padberg, Julia Hensley, and Amiya Brown, and dancers, Belle Wolf, Shannon Stewart, Jeremy Cline, Laura Proudhome, Katie Arrants, Johanna Hulick, and Scott Davis.

 

TRACE

 
TRACE   …the culmination of the Constellation Half-Remembered series.

July 26th and27th at 8pm, Parallel Public LAB  (424 SW 153rd St, Burien, WA 98166)

Movement Performance by Aiko Kinoshita, Belle Wolfe, Scott Davis, Johanna Hulick, and Aaron Swartzman
Music by Amy Denio, Beth Fleenor, Bach
Light by Amiya Brown and Dani Norberg
Video by Kathryn Padberg
Art Installation by Julia Hensely                                                                                           
                              
TRACE will take place at  Parallel Public LAB (PPL) in Burien.  Parallel Public Lab is located in a basement warehouse space in Burien and sponsored by Parallel Public Works, a technology and design studio.  The LAB is a non traditional exhibit space for “experimentation, collaboration, flashes of insight, glaring disjunctions, and creative ferment across boundaries; for arguments, tests and trials, hypotheses and proofs-of-concept of multidisciplinary projects that bridge art installation, public space, media design and the information architecture of networked technologies”.

Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/428020

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Constellation Half-Remembered is a performance series developed around the theme of memory.  Memories are malleable, impermanent, and central to the narrative of who we are.  Each performance event in the series is purposefully crafted to be similar and different than those that have come before it. Sections will be re-made, re-ordered, deleted, or paired with different music. A rotating cast of performers will both subtly and obviously alter the energy of each installation, and an ongoing collaborative process with artists in other artistic mediums ensures that the world of each performance will be both familiar and unique.  Think of it like reading multiple drafts of a novel years apart, the bones are the same, but the flesh moves.  Like a memory recalled multiple times and embroidered or edited each time to fit the needs of the present, each performance will be increasingly rich and memory stained for those who witness more than one event of the series.  Come experience your own expectations being met or subverted, come see different performers inhabiting the same underwater worlds, daydream and reminisce with us, add your own words to the stew. This is experimental art, and we need your ongoing participation to lift it into the realm of a shared artistic journey.

HARBOR …Constellation Half-Remembered amongst sweeping vistas and sheltered glens

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Join us Saturday, July 20th at 3pm for the next installation of the Constellation Series, “HARBOR“.  This site specific performance will take place at the   lovely and largely unknown Jack Block park in West Seattle. The performance will feature live music, new memories, altered familiar moments; and a whole different alignment of stars.

Saturday July 20th at 3pm, Jack Block Park (2130 Harbor Ave SW  Seattle, WA 98126)

Live Music by Amy Denio, Beth Fleenor
Movement Performance by Scott Davis, Johanna Hulick, Aiko Kinoshita, Laura Prudhomme, Aaron Swartzman and Belle Wolfe

HARBOR takes place at Jack Block park, a forgotten space that captures the spirit of Seattle..  Utilizing multiple spaces, and multiple artistic mediums, this installation performance highlights our collaboration with sound artists Beth Fleenor and Amy Denio, and takes our performance research from beaches to bridges..  Come wander through the beauty of a day with us.

Thank You to all of our dedicated collaborators and cast, and a lovely generous audience,  for a successful Constellation.
Constellation Half-Remembered spanned 2 months, many miles, and many artistic mediums, with a rotating cast of performers and collaborators tackling the complex and fruitful realm of memory.  UMAMI Performance is currently on hiatus, taking a break from making new work to pursue other interests and obligations in our life.  We hope to continue to post images and video of the Constellation, so you might want to check out our website again.  We have loads of footage to go through from Constellation half-Remembered, catch up on installations you may have missed and make connections you might not have picked up on before.
 
 
The Constellation has passed, but its not too late to join the conversation.  Share your memories, images, questions or experiences from this summers performance series, we want to hear from you and engage in dialogue.
 


Constellation Half-Remembered is a performance series developed around the theme of memory.  Memories are malleable, impermanent, and central to the narrative of who we are.  Each performance event in the series is purposefully crafted to be similar and different than those that have come before it. Sections will be re-made, re-ordered, deleted, or paired with different music. A rotating cast of performers will both subtly and obviously alter the energy of each installation, and an ongoing collaborative process with artists in other artistic mediums ensures that the world of each performance will be both familiar and unique.  Think of it like reading multiple drafts of a novel years apart, the bones are the same, but the flesh moves.  Like a memory recalled multiple times and embroidered or edited each time to fit the needs of the present, each performance will be increasingly rich and memory stained for those who witness more than one event of the series.  Come experience your own expectations being met or subverted, come see different performers inhabiting the same underwater worlds, daydream and reminisce with us, add your own words to the stew. This is experimental art, and we need your ongoing participation to lift it into the realm of a shared artistic journey.

“Memory is not a storage place but a story we tell ourselves in retrospect. As such, it is made of storytelling materials: embroidery and forgery, perplexity and urgency, revelation and darkness.” 
― Noam Shpancer

 

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THANK YOU!

THANK YOU to everyone who made our first-ever web campaign a success! The support from our community; our friends, peers, family and anonymous folks, was heart-warming. You helped us meet our goal and raise the funds necessary to move forwards with our ambitious and alluring next work, Constellation Half-Remembered. At the same time, you helped us gain momentum and excitement with your involvement and generosity. It was particularly moving to have support pour in from all across the country, from people who won’t be able to see the results of our work first hand, but believe in the power of art to make a better society for all. We look forward to using the funds and energy gathered through our USA Projects campaign to make our vision of Constellation Half-Remembered come to life.
with gratitude
Aiko and Aaron
UMAMI Performance

Constellation Half-Remembered

USA Projects Campaign for Constellation Half-Remembered, now under way and we need your help to make it happen!

Click on the pic below to check out our campaign video.

A series of site-specific dance events featuring a diverse cast of visual artists, musicians and dancers exploring accumulated memories.

Donor list – see who’s already helping us create Constellation Half-Remembered here.