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A story of a living being.
By Ren Gyo Soh
Benefitting World Wildlife Foundation
Tuesday 7/17 @9pm-10:15pm
Friday 7/20 @ 8pm-9:15pm
Sunday 7/22 @1:15pm-2:30pm
Friday 7/27 @9:45pm-11pm
Sunday 7/29 @1pm-2:15pm
Saturday 8/4 @7:45pm-9pm
SHINKA explores the mystery of living beings. Mankind has developed society rapidly. Fear of death, hope for life. We are all part of this eco-system; we are one, evolving every single moment together. And yet we struggle, create, and destroy. By using Butoh and contemporary dance we explore life itself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually through SHINKA.
Yokko (Performer, Choreographer, Adapter) is an actor, a movement & Butoh Artist, solo Performer from Japan. She has acted in, devised and choreographed a variety of local and international shows, having won several awards, including “Best One-Woman Show” for Butoh Medea (United Solo 2014 at Theatre Row). Butoh Medea was selected to perform in Warsaw, Poland. (United Solo Europe 2015, Teatre Syrena), toured Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015, nominated The Asian Arts Award. Other Theatre credits include: BALDY (CRS, United Solo 2013, HFF 2013, Fringe NYC 2012), ISIS Variation (Fringe NYC 2014), FACET (Irondale Center, Wave Rising Series, HFF 2013), Butoh Electra (Irondale Center, Fringe NYC 2011). Yokko also acted in several of local and international films, one of which is the Student Academy Winner film, Cloud-Kumo (2016).She is the associate artistic director of The Ume Group as well as the artistic director of Ren Gyo Soh in NYC. Winner of Best Physical Theatre Show, Best Choreography (Butoh Medea, United Solo 2015, 2014). Deep gratitude to the amazing team and everyone who has been supporting this project since 2014. B.A in Theatre (UAlbany), MFA in Acting (The Actors Studio). www.yokko-online.com
Jorge Luna At the age of seven he was inspired by a virtuoso circus performance by a troupe called Círcolo. He started off as a dj and loved being smuggled into nightclubs at a young age to spin. FILM: All The Beautiful Things (Sundance), The Last Frankenstein, Catching Fireflies, All Is Not Lost, Angelo, Bronx 3M. TV: One Life to Live, Basile. THEATRE: Hamlet; Caborca, The Dream Dances; The Ume Group, Yuragi; Ren Gyo Soh, Starry Messenger; Theatre For The New City, Cymbeline; Chashama, Iphigenia at Aulis; Tiyatro Global, The Promise; CBA, FLORIDITA, My Love; INTAR, Barceloneta, de noche; IATI, The Tempest, Julius Caesar; BC. TRAINING: Shakespeare; RADA. MFA Acting; Brooklyn College. www.jorgeluna.net
Miles Butler is grateful to be a part of this rare and charming Ume ensemble. Recent NYC: Anthropomorphic (Puppetry Arts), Ariel in The Tempest (Stag and Lion), Alexander Who’s Not Going To Move (Two Beans, National Tour), enter a garden (Motor Company), in the time of chimpanzees I was a monkey (Beck Lyrics) DC: Studio Theatre, Kennedy Center, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Wolf Trap, Ford’s Theater, Folger Theater and various. Former company member of Synetic Theater and the Flea Theatre. Proud Brooklyn College Alumnus. Shout out to my parents, bro, Amy, and Ryan Gosling. Love you guys! www.milesbutler.com
Jennifer Marinelli is an actress hailing from Lapeer, Michigan. In New York City, Jennifer has worked, and more. Jennifer graduated from Michigan State University and has trained at The William Esper Studio and The Barrow Group. Favorite roles include Honey in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. With The Ume Group, Jennifer has performed in EDGED, the Lysistrata Project (Workshop Production), Lullaby for Madame L at Triskelion Arts, “Flowers of Affordance” at the UNFIX Festival. www.jennifermarinelli.com
Efrén Sánchez has developed his artistic career México, Cuba, Canada, Venezuela, United States, England, Colombia and Spain. He has been involved in more than 50 productions as actor, director and playwright earning several national and international awards for his artistic work. He is currently the Latin America producer of the International festival Interculturalidad Canarias-México. He has been trained in Acting, Aereal Dance, Contact Improv, Tap, Pantomime, Contemporary Dance, Classic Dance, Jazz, View Points, Suzuki, Biomechanics, Cyr Wheel, Trapeze, Vertical Dance (Wall Harness), Fabric/Sling/Cocoon, Lighting Design, Aereal Yoga, Art-Therapy, Music-Therapy and Theater-Therapy.
ABOUT REN GYO SOH
連翹奏-Ren Gyo Soh (Creator) is a multi-award winning New York-based group. It was founded by Yokko in spring of 2014. It produces works collaborating with other artists using Butoh, contemporary dance, movement, acting, yoga, and voice. Ren Gyo Soh hosts seasonal workshops 4 times annually. Yokko created Ren Gyo Soh to be her KAI, a Japanese word, meaning group, to broaden her training, and create new works to share, and to collaborate with other artists. Its major work is Butoh Medea. Recent Events: UNFIX NYC 2016, Butoh Festival 2015. Workshops: International Butoh Workshops: Warsaw, Poland in June 2015, Edinburgh, UK in August 2015, NYC Seasonal Workshop (2014-) Recent works: SHINKA (2016-2017), Hide Your Fires (2017) www.rengyosoh.com