Threading Echos (2022)

Threading Echos is a new performance project, currently in the research and creation process. The work shares the history of ‘shifu’ (fabric woven from washi paper thread called ‘kami-ito’) through movement and storytelling, expressing from a Japanese Canadian perspective how we connect to this time-honoured, hands-on practice from 6th century Japan in the present day. Conjuring ancestral presence through soft gestures, gestural tableau, and shadows, the inspiration of cultural heritage craft on this embodied performance is a calming reminder to release our nervous systems from the consumption-driven system that we are embedded in. Coming soon: www.threadingechoes.com

 

Creation/Performance: Shion Skye Carter, Mayumi Lashbrook, Hitoko Okada

Special thanks to all of the artistic collaborators who have contributed to this work: Hina Nishioka (lighting design), Wakana Shimamura (production design), Katie Cassady (performance), Cindy Mochizuki (outside eye), and Prince Shima (music)

Photography: Lula-Belle Jedynak

 

July 18 – Oct 25, 2022

Artist-in-residence at Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON

 

Nov 29 – Dec 15, 2021

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