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contact Gonzo: Untitled Movements

Saturday, March 30, 2013, 3:00 p.m.

The Agnes Gund Garden Lobby, first floor



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Tokyo 1955-1970: A New Avant-Garde
Doryun Chong, with essays by Michio Hayashi, Miryam Sas, and Mika Yoshitake

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The Performance Program is part of MoMA’s increased focus on the historical as well as the contemporary practice of performance-based art. The ongoing series brings documentation and reenactments of historic performances, thematic group exhibitions, solo presentations, and original performance works to various locations throughout the Museum.

Founded in 2006, contact Gonzo is an improvisational performance group based in Osaka, Japan. The name Gonzo, which means eccentric or hooligan, is a reference to 1970s Gonzo Journalism in the United States, a style of writing that made no claims of objectivity and favored first-person narratives. The group, a collective of untrained dancers, has developed a specific mode of contact improvisation that borrows from sources ranging from martial arts to Internet trends. Based on both physical strength and agility, and trusting relationships within the group, contact Gonzo powerfully balances elements of contemporary dance, performance art, and urban and popular cultures.

In conjunction with the exhibitions Performing Histories: Live Artworks Examining the Past and Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde