Ima Tenko is a Butoh performer based in Kyoto, Japan. In a few performances; some solo and some with her dance company, Kirazra; she would use textile work of mine. This first collaboration was a performance called, Moon World and was originally staged in Kyoto and video taped to exhibit in Massachusetts as part of the TransCultural Exchange Symposium.
There were four different large textile works of mine that were incorporated into the performance. Each work was made with discarded fabric from different Asian cultures. Represented were: Japan, Tibet, India, Nepal. Each work consisted of pieced together material scraps, some from second hand garments being cut up, others from rags found around the cities, and others were from prayer flags. All works were constructed with hand-stitching only.
Some of the textile works featured here can also be viewed, with more detailed information, elsewhere throughout this website. Two works can be found in Portfolio Pages: Tibetan Prayers, and From The Remains; the other two works can be found on a page under Projects called, Quilts for Kids
Written and directed by Ima Tenko, performed by: Ima Tenko, Mitsu Salmon, Ayako Oota, and Yoshoko Segawa. Textiles/Costumes by, Nika Feldman.
A second project that followed was a performance that Ima Tenko created in collaboration with Zen Buddhist monks, and inspired by a Japanese poet. The textile work of mine that she performs with is an interpretation of a Buddhist Rag Robe. The piece is hand-stitched and made from scraps of second-hand kimonos, for more information about this textile work go to Portfolio Page: From the Remains.
The above performance took place at the Toyama Gallery, Toyama Prefecture, Japan, 2010. The performance featured in the video below took place at the Gojo Rakuen in Kyoto, Japan, 2011. The video of this performance was exhibitted at the Hampden Gallery, Amherst, MA, 2011.
Many thanks to Ima Tenko ~ どうもありがとうございます