Long-term marriage of mind and body: serenity and edginess join hands in Kei Takei's challenging work.
Of the relationship between the body and mind, Takei recently said, "The body creates sometimes, and the mind performs sometimes, and vice versa." For her new solo, 108 Days of Clouds, she collaborates with composer Somei Satoh. In the Buddhist faith, she explains, 108 refers to the number of gongs struck at a temple and is about the passing of time. The number also, she says, "represents the 108 attachments of human beings and the going away from those attachments." If Takei was attached to New York, she has certainly gone away from it; she has been living in Japan for nine years.
Performance, for Takei, is not just one evening or one season. For Light Part 8, she spent many hours, even days, sewing the clothing together before getting onstage. "Preparation is a very, very important part of performance. I put more energy in the preparation. I trick myself. I put magic into me as a performer." In order to get into the mind-body state that is necessary for her work, which is both deeply visceral and spiritual, she concentrates on "body feeling, thinking, and animal sense."
Takei, Who is also a green belt in karate, premieres 108 Days of Clouds at New York's Danspace on November 1 through 4.
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