A form of ancient Japanese folk art, temari balls are brightly colored pieces of needlework covered with elaborate patterns. In the Edo period, aristocratic women created temari balls using pieces of silk from spare kimonos in a challenge toward perfection. To a wider public, they became a sensation several years ago after a 92-year-old grandmother’s temari collection went viral.
Choreographer Jonah Bokaer and Snarkitecture combine talents to create Why Patterns, a dance inspired from the musical composition by Morton Feldman of the same name. It starts off with a black stage and a singular ping-pong ball. Soon it transforms into a beautiful dance with hundreds of them.
The show runs from August 3 to August 7, 2011 at the Jacob Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts. Intriguing!
Choreography: Jonah Bokaer
Stage design: Snarkitecture
Music: “Why Patterns” by Morton Feldman (1978)
Additional Music: ARP / Alexis Georgopoulos (2011)
Lighting design: Aaron Copp
Costumes: Richard Chai
Dancers: CC Chang, James McGinn, Irena Mirislic, Adam H. Weinert
Catapult: Timothy Stanley
Photos by Snarkitecture
via [Cool Hunting]