Fragile

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In Fragile, Eiko & Koma and Kronos Quartet create an intimate performance work, half stage piece and half living installation, that viewers are invited to experience from multiple viewpoints. Fragile allows attendees to stay as long or as short as they wish in unaccustomed proximity to the performers, or remain seated tentatively on the periphery. 

David Harrington of the Kronos Quartet is conceiving the musical setting for Fragile, drawing on different pieces from its nearly four-decade long repertoire that vary each time the installation is performed.  “Fragile reflects on the ideas of nakedness and fragility in a way which has been powerfully moving for me as a musician,” says Harrington.  “Eiko and Koma’s bodies become metaphors for the universal, fragile nakedness we try to hide. Their bare skin and awesome, slow movements become a story of communal privacy. To me this is the precise area where music is most alive.”

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If anything characterizes Eiko and Koma’s art, it is the slow, even glacial pace of their movements — sometimes so slow they are almost imperceptible, like ice melting. They describe their work, which evokes a deep connection with nature and deals with elemental themes like nakedness, hunger and death, as “infused with relentless stillness that subverts and transcends our everyday notions of time and space.”

Jeanne Carstensen, New York Times

Fragile is interesting to the ear and the visual stays with you for a long time after you leave.

Pamela Squires, Washington Post

Eiko and Koma have changed dance the way few others have. They have redefined theatrical time and space, the body as an instrument, and concepts surrounding expressivity. With but a few exceptions, they have always created on themselves. One man, one woman — and the universe. Most remarkably, to this day they have no imitators.

Rita Felciano, San Francisco Bay Guardian

Fragile was commissioned by the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, in commemoration of the Center’s tenth anniversary, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Eiko & Koma’s participation in the collaboration was made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Japan Foundation’s Performing Arts Japan program.  Kronos’ participation in the collaboration was made possible by the Kronos Performing Arts Association and Inta, Inc. 

Eiko & Koma’s Retrospective is a project of Inta, Inc., produced by Sam Miller and made possible, in part, by major support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the Japan Foundation’s Performing Arts Japan program, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Support for reconstructions of early work was provided in part by the American Express Foundation.

Kronos’ San Francisco Home Season is supported in part by Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, The Bernard Osher Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

YBCA Performance 11␣12 is made possible in part by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Additional Funding for YBCA Performance 11␣12 is provided by the Zellerbach Family Foundation, the Panta Rhea Foundation, Cultural Services of the French Embassy, the New England Foundation for the Arts, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

DateLocationVenuePresenter
3-17-12San Francisco, CaliforniaForum - Yerba Buena Center for the ArtsYerba Buena Center for the Arts
3-16-12San Francisco, CaliforniaForum - Yerba Buena Center for the ArtsYerba Buena Center for the Arts
3-15-12San Francisco, CaliforniaForum - Yerba Buena Center for the ArtsYerba Buena Center for the Arts
2-23-12College Park, MarylandKogod Theatre - Clarice Smith Performing Arts CenterUniversity of Maryland
2-22-12College Park, MarylandKogod Theatre - Clarice Smith Performing Arts CenterUniversity of Maryland

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