Ei Arakawa: Paris & Wizard: The Musical

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Thursday, February 7, 2013, 3:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

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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.

In this new commission, New York–based Japanese artist Ei Arakawa examines certain pivotal story lines of early Japanese video art in the 1970s and interprets them into musical form. Paris & Wizard, which is based in part on particular relationships between MoMA curator Barbara London and video artists around Japan, highlights creative curiosities about new media, and the personal ties that enabled the export of this new Japanese scene into North American and European contexts.

Directed by Ei Arakawa. All music by Stefan Tcherepnin. Lyrics by Ei Arakawa and Dan Poston. Projections by Simon Denny. With Marie Karlberg, Andrei Koschmieder, Kashimi Asai, Shoko Fujita, Anri Nakano, Stefan Tcherepnin, Dan Poston, and Ei Arakawa.

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