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Antioch College to Host Performance of 'Wilderness Mute'

Performance of NAGASAKI - Wilderness Mute
Keiko Fujiie, Composer (Kyoto, Japan) with Karina Faulstich, Dancer
Choreographed by Abel Coelho ’04
Foundry Theater, Antioch College
September 21, 2018, 7:30 PM
Free and open to the public

In conjunction with the opening of Nuclear Fallout: The Bomb in Three Archives, on Friday, September 21, 2018, at 7:30 PM the Foundry Theater at Antioch College will also host a performance of NAGASAKI – Orland Verdu performing ButohWilderness Mute, a collaborative multidisciplinary work, involving music, image, poetry and Butoh dance, inspired by the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. The work aims to raise awareness about the dangers of a new nuclear escalation on a worldwide level, in light of the current international political and military tensions. Composed by the internationally renowned and award-winning musician, Keiko Fujiie, Wilderness Mute is based on the poetic text of Together Sankichi and Hayashi Kyoko and draws from the firsthand accounts of victims of the bombing, and also of Yukawa Hideki to draw the point of view of the leading scientist.

Fujiie developed the score for two singers and four instruments. The performance at Antioch College will be performed with two voices, Danielle Steele and Simo​n Barrad, and piano accompaniment by the composer. With art by video artist Toni Casassas and dance produced by Orland Verdú, founder the Oracles Theatre in Barcelona (a global creator of scenic arts), Karina Faulstich will accompany the musical and visual portions of the piece with Butoh, dedicated to Antioch alumnus Abel Coelho '04. Coelho was one of Fujiie's lead collaborators and the two were planning to bring the work to Antioch College before he passed away in December 2017. Coelho translated Hayashi Kyoko’s text into English and the title Wilderness Mute was taken from it.

Credits for the performance are available here.

This event is free and open to the public.