Threads in Unbound Kimonos, May 18

What: Threads in Unbound Kimonos, a Butoh Performance by Hiroko Tamano and Troupe, installation by Judy Shintani

When: Saturday, May 18, 4–5pm

Where: 934 Brannan St. (between 8th & 9th)

How Much: $15 admission at the door

Three Butoh dancers, enter like crystal dolls. Unleashed upon the stage, Mark Deutsch’s deep Bazantor sound seems to polish the crystal of the dancer’s bodies. Judy Shintani’s kimono installation inspires a timelessness, where anything can happen. Her work is sharp and its intensity creates a trance.

Light and shadow play on the dancers’ figures as they move past each other. Forgotten memories take over their bodies. Sensations arise and they come alive in the space right before us. No longer ghosts but beings, they are present with us. Having felt their journey, we also find ourselves beginning to live.

The performance takes place in the gallery within an installation by Judy Shintani among the art in the group exhibition underCurrents & the Quest for Spacea multidisciplinary arts exhibition and discussion investigating the space occupied by Asian America, socially, artistically and physically. Asian American artists exhibit work that detonates a discourse on the under-discussed issues impacting Asian Americans, interrogates the myth of “model minority,” and acknowledges the multiple ways contemporary Asian American communities address and subvert stereotypes, discrimination and invisibility. This multi-media, multi-disciplinary arts exhibition aims to identify and contemplate the political implications of what lies below the surface, while exploring possibilities to move beyond, reinventing history and artistically predicting an unrestrained future.

For more information about Hiroko Tamano, please visit

Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC) supports and produces multi-disciplinary art reflective of the unique experiences of Asian Pacific Islanders living in the United States. underCurrents is featured as part of Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center’s  (APICC) 16th Annual United States of Asian America Festival at SOMArts Cultural Center.