Past Event

Screening of "Facing Mecca" and "Beauty and Strength"

A rare pairing of Facing Mekka by Rennie Harris Pure Movement with Kazuo Ohno’s work in Beauty and Strength promotes a dialogue between the unexpectedly related dance forms of hip-hop and butoh. Harris turned away from a violent and dehumanizing culture and used the positive energy of dance as a creative and spiritual force; Facing Mekka reflects his ability to push hip-hop movement into a more universal performance context. Beauty and Strength includes performances, interviews, examples of Ohno’s drawings and writings, as well as biographical information, to create a comprehensive look into the world of Kazuo Ohno’s dance. Collected from over forty years of dance material, the film presents one of butoh’s most luminous flowers.