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MANCC Welcomes Kota Yamazaki and Mina Nishimura

Published December 14, 2020

Yamazaki, Nishimura, and collaborators with Maggie Allesee during Yamazaki’s 2017 residency. Photo by Chris Cameron.

Kota Yamazaki and Mina Nishimura will return to MANCC in December 2020, this time to work as a collaborative pair on their new piece, I am a Ghost, The Other, or You. Having been in residence together before to focus on Yamazaki’s Darkness Odyssey trilogy, this residency marks a shift in how they’re thinking about their relationship and work as a collaborative duo.


The work investigates their fractal and ever-changing bodies that can embrace each other’s different histories, perceptions, and internal landscapes, while re-calibrating their relationship as intimately connected people within the complex and holistic structures of nature. Traveling through different times and physical/metaphysical spaces, the two performers, as independent yet coherent organisms, seek the meaning and potential of co-existence.

Yamazaki and Nishimura on FSU’s campus during their 2020 residency. Photo by Chris Cameron.

While the primary focus of their residency will be movement generation and research, the pair looks forward to engaging in dialogue with School of Dance students virtually in January. Yamazaki and Nishimura have been to MANCC twice before to further Parts two and three of Yamazaki’s Darkness Odyssey Trilogy. During their 2017 residency, the collaborative team had the opportunity to engage with MANCC’s namesake, Maggie Allesee. Allessee, who was on campus to celebrate FSU’s homecoming, was able to attend a work in progress showing of Darkness Odyssey Part 2: I or Hallucination and discuss the work with Yamazaki afterward.

This residency is supported, in part, by Bennington College and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

See more on Kota and Mina

Visit Yamazaki’s Website

New York Times feature on Yamazaki’s 2017 Darkness Odyssey Part 2, developed, in part, at MANCC

Trailer for premiere of Yamazaki’s 2017 Darkness Odyssey Part 2, developed, in part, at MANCC