Node #3: Silent City/Noise of Place and Body.

Node #3: Silent City/Noise of Place and Body.

Areas of research:  Research looks at how memories, everyday objects, and physical layers of an architectural space can create a sense of silence or noise. How silences and noises of select SF architecture (including [**]! SPACE) inform choreographic movement.

Mirrors as architecture. Architecture as mirrors. Very few animals can recognize their reflection in a mirror as their own. Use this as a study for new choreography. In what architecture can humans recognize their own reflection?  What places create disorientation of recognition?  Natural/unnatural orientations of body movement, visual identity, and perception.

This work is both open-ended research and process investigation for a staged presentation of Made of Silence, Air and Glass at CounterPULSE  set to run on April 6-8, 2012.

Learn more about The Nodes Residency at THEOFFCENTER’s [**]! SPACE


Isak Immanuel is an interdisciplinary artist and dancer working internationally in outdoor urban environments, unconventional spaces, theaters, galleries, and for camera.  He has done solo and collaborative work throughout the western coast of the United States, East Asia, and Europe.  In 2004 he began the two part performance and exhibition series Tableau Stations / Floor of Sky as a context to explore experimental collaborations and work engaged with the questions of site, transit, and the absences and inversions of quotidian life.

The impetus of this work came from an inquiry on how to negotiate contemporary public spaces of a city with the intimacies and economies of individual bodies. From a mixed contemporary dance and visual art perspective, the work shifts between static and kinetic notions of identity and place. The investment is on looking and discarding, taking in and working in process. It is to develop multiple points of reference on how to navigate topography, images, and memory. Images collected in a body or on the auxiliary that give an impetus to move in the most basic sense or act as a cartographic foil for dance. The role of a city or rural landscape and their wares and images act centrally here as systems of navigation.

In addition to an eclectic mix of collaborative efforts, the work of Tableau Stations / Floor of Sky has been influenced by a diverse range of methodology and cultivation in the areas of Contemporary Dance, Butoh, the gymnastics philosophy of Michizo Noguchi, the environmental explorations of Anna Halprin, and the Fine Arts of Painting and Photography.

Recent work has been as an Artist in Residence at Fabrica Europa in Italy, Taipei International Artist Village and the Haulien International Artists Workshop in Taiwan,Dock11 and F40 in Berlin, CESTA (Cultural Exchange Station Tabor Arts) in the Czech Republic, and at New Langton Arts, The Garage, CounterPULSE, and Djerassi in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2009, images and text from the work Clothes x Sun was a feature in ballettanz (“Europe’s leading dance magazine”). In 2010, work was done as an Artist Fellow in Japan supported by the Japan- US Friendship Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.  –


Yuko Kaseki

Yuko Kaseki is a Berlin based dancer, choreographer and teacher. From 1989 to 2001, Kaseki was the primary dancer in Anzu Furukawa’s company Dance Butter Tokio and Verwandlungsamt. She founded the dance company cokaseki with Marc Ates in 1995. Yuko Kaseki/cokaseki creates various projects performed throughout Europe, Canada, Mexico, the U.S., and Japan. These works are based on Butoh and western contemporary dance technique to create concise and precise moving theatre. cokaseki follows the way of desperate existence, exposing tragicomedy in dense time-a space to reveal a kaleidoscope of stories.  She has worked collaboratively with CAVE (NY), Antonis Anissegos (Greece/Berlin),Isak Immanuel/Tableau Stations (SF), Theater Thikwa (Berlin), Degenerate Art Ensemble (Seattle), Shinichi Iova-Koga and inkBoat (SF), and many others.

In Berlin, she organizes the improvisation series “AMMO-NITE GIG” as a context and meeting point for numerous international performers and musicians. Awards: “Ame to Ame” received “the Best Ensemble Performance” from the Isadora Duncan Dance Awards 2004 in San Francisco, USA. Nomination: “Tooboe” by “Outstanding Production”, The Dora Mavor Moore Awards 2007 in Toronto, Canada.“Kudan“ by Toyota Choreography Award in Tokyo, Japan.“Let My Fish Loose” by “no-ballet,International Dance Competition 2007”, Ludwigshafen, Germany. More info on Yuko can be found here

José Navarrete:

José Navarrete is a native of México City. He studied theater at the National Actors Association’s Institute Soler and dance at the National Institute of Fine Arts in México. José’s choreographic work has been presented by the Bay Area Dance Series, the San Francisco Lesbian and Gay Dance Festival, Summerfest, Theater Artaud, ODC Theater, and Dance Mission Theater. He has also received two nominations for the Isadora Duncan award in choreography and performance. In 2004, he was awarded a Bessie Schönberg Choreographers residency at The Yard and a Djerassi Resident Artist Program fellowship. He has a B.A. in Anthropology from UC Berkeley, and an MFA in Dance from Mills College. Navarrete choreographs and performs as part of Navarrete x Kajiyama Dance Company and also teaches dance to youth in YBCA’s Young Artists at Work program.

Christian Nagler: 

Christian Nagler is a San Francisco based artist, writer, translator, and performer. As a part of Nonsite Collective, he has organized a series of investigations of the line between performance and discourse (Real Time Ethics).

His latest hybrid performance work in this regard, Market Fitness, is hosted by Headlands Center for the Arts.
He has performed with Anna Halprin and Open Experiments Ensemble. He coordinates The Colima Project, an ongoing community work in rural El Salvador. He is senior editor of Paul Revere’s Horse, a journal of literature and art documents. He is translating the collected works of Central American poet and political economist Alberto Masferrer. His writing can recently be found in Encyclopedia and Digital Artifact.

 SILENT PLACE  > Seen Body Scene – A Workshop

“SILENT PLACE  > Seen Body Scene” with ISAK IMMANUEL

Dance/Movement 5 week Class (Sundays 6-9pm)
Sundays 6-9pm, February 26 – March 25, 2012.

848 Divisadero Street @ McAlister
San Francisco, CA 94117

For: dancers, performers, experimenters, live bodies.

Physical, conceptual, and internal practice: investigating what influences a body to move and its resonate sense of place.  Explorations are developed through a series of image-based exercises on “natural” and “un-natural” movement, balance/off-balance, the body as a “water bag”, and information of cities.   Influenced by an assortment of contemporary dance/movement methodologies, including: principles of listening to weight from Noguchi Taisou, edge body from Butoh, Contemporary Art practices of  Action Art,  and Spatial Improvisation/Composition.

Overall, through layers of movement and space, we will explore the dynamics of conditioning a pliable sensitive body relative to change.  Exercises are developed for moving with restriction, release, and fluidity between a tactile quotidian person and a non-human awareness deeper in the body.  Notions of silence, noise, architecture and object hold an integral focus.  Shifting between surfaces, layers of perception and orientation, physical imagination opens.  The work is a discipline for meeting your body and your environment as it is and inside out.

Cost $20 drop in, $90 set. To register please fill this form.

The Show

Made of Silence Air and Glass

APR 6-8, FRI-SUN at 8PM
1310 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 626-2060‎

Tableau Stations / Isak Immanuel + Guests

With an eclectic mix of collaborators including Yuko Kaseki (Berlin), José Navarrete, and Christian Nagler, the multidisciplinary performance project reflects on the nature of silence in a city. With resonate inquiries to visualization, absence, and materiality, the work unfolds a series of precarious architectural scenes. Cross-references span the paintings of American artist Edward Hopper, to the disparate geography of the works making in Tokyo, Taipei, Berlin, and San Francisco.


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