Footloose presents Falling Flags
Friday and Saturday, September 30 and October 1, 2011 at 8 pm;
Sunday, October 2 at 7 pm
Shotwell Studios, 3252-A 19th Street, San Francisco, 94110
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"to go away is to come back to oneself"
from This Is My Country by Genny Lim


San Francisco, California, August 29, 2011: Footloose presents Falling Flags, a shared evening of dance and spoken word as part of their AIM: Artists in Motion series. Acclaimed Butoh artist Judith Kajiwara performs her solo homage to Iseei pioneers who immigrated to America. Award winning poet, Genny Lim, fresh from travels abroad, shares news and views on her journeys away from and return home to the Bay Area. Genny finds kinship with dancers, Frances Cachapero and Sharon Sato, and collaborates on words and movement to claim their collective and individual identities as citizens of the world.

Home is an apt title for Sharon Sato's movement piece of no borders. Home has in it a statement on how we don't mix well. Sato views the ease of being able to travel, trade and have a cultural exchange as evidence that a broader acceptance of immigration rights is needed. Sato's stab of consciousness as a seven-year old Japanese American living in Hawaii has stayed with her. As recent as a MUNI ride, she has rubbed up against multi-cultural racial tension. Sharon used those feelings of "fire in the belly" to change herself from being a stranger to being compassionate.

Sharon's true home is making personal dances interlocking with other artists. She is passionate about design, momentum and mindfulness. Some of her movement phrases represent her sense of home like playing in the surf off Oahu. Frances Cachapero shares Sato's view that "the weight of our bones are carried by the winds." Those words of Genny Lim from her poem, This is My Country, give reason to each individual to retain part of their home turf no matter where they stay.

Frances and Sharon have crisscrossed paths through Pearl Ubungen Dancers and Musicians to Alleluia Panis' Kulintang Arts. Sharon met Judith through Jill Togawa of Purple Moon Dance Project. Both of them were members of Asian American Dance Collective where they met Genny Lim. Mary Alice Fry of Footloose teamed them up because of her excitement in working further with Genny after her Women on the Way shows in January. This production is the first in hopefully many joint projects between Judith and Sharon who are sharing ideas in a new butoh and taiko collective.

Judith Kajiwara will perform her 2006 Butoh solo, The Last Omiyage. The character is alienated from her homeland and suffers with ingrained memories of war, famine and death. She finds unspoken solace through her connection to family, hope, and Spirit. The tradition of presenting 'omiyage' to friends and relatives is honored and the performance is an expression of love and gratitude; a gift to the birth of a planetary and galactic consciousness ruled by peace, love and sustained prosperity.

AIM: Artists in Motion is the name for the performing arts residency program at Shotwell Studios. Footloose presents performances of the new work created during the residencies. An individual or group whose residency culminates in a showcase may also invite guest artists to share the bill. This ongoing, year-round series features live performances of dance, theater, music, spoken word and multi-media. Artists at Shotwell are considered for a variety of programming here and at other venues. In addition, participating artists in Footloose productions are offered free rehearsal space, publicity and marketing, technical and administrative support and mentoring on how to self-produce.

BIOGRAPHIES:

As a life-long dancer, Judith Kajiwara has always strived to bring personal meaning to her dances. Her history as a third generation Japanese woman born in California, has informed the themes for many of her choreographed works. After years as a mother and improvisational dance teacher, in 1995 she was able to fully satisfy her passion for Butoh. Her first full-length Butoh solo performance, The Ballad of Machiko, premiered at the NOHSpace in 1995. Her last full-length work, The Last Omiyage, was also performed at the NOHSpace in 2006. Judith considers herself to be a self-taught dancer and teacher of Butoh. She stretches her imagination to find innovative paths to bring the deepest and best out of her students and her audiences. Butoh is an integral part of Ms. Kajiwara's spiritual life; for by transforming consciousness, Butoh raises awareness of the shadows within. Ms. Kajiwara is also a certified practitioner of hypnotherapy, Reiki, crystal, and spiritual healing. She teaches Reiki and spiritual workshops and finds comfort as an occasional writer. She works and resides in Oakland, California.

Gypsy poet, playwright, performer and teacher, Genny Lim, crosses disciplines, cultures and identities. She is the author of two poetry collections, Winter Place, Child of War and co-author of Island: Poetry and History of Chinese Immigrants on Angel Island. Her performance piece, Where is Tibet? premiered at CounterPULSE in December, 2009 and was performed at AfroSolo Arts Festival in 2010 and the Women on the Way Festival in 2011. Lim's career includes concerts with Max Roach, Herbie Lewis, Francis Wong, Jon Jang and John Santos; poetry festivals in Venezuela, 2005, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Hercegovina, 2007 and Naples, Italy, 2009. Her award-winning 1982 play, Paper Angels was performed in San Francisco Chinatown's Portsmouth Square to packed audiences on Sept. 15-17, 2010 and won the San Francisco Fringe Festival Award for Best Site Specific Work. Her recent collaborations include Jon Jang's world premiere, Portrait of Sun-Yat-sen at the Chinatown Music Festival and Lenora Lee's Reflections at CounterPULSE.

Sharon Sato has had the honor to study with Alonzo King, Alba Calzada, Yehuda Mahor. Joan Lazarus was Sharon's mentor at the University of Oregon. During the 90's, Post modern choreographers, Pearl Ubungen, Christopher Pilafian, Duncan MacFarlandM and Claire Whistler added to her dancing. Other notables are Hiroko and Koichi Tamano, Sachiko Nakamura, Jill Togawa and Alleluia Panis. Sharon began her Bay Area career with June Watanabe and Sue Li Jue. She gives a nod to Anna Sun-Fu of the former Asian American Dance Collective for her support.

Frances Cachapero, a native San Franciscan, has performed throughout Europe, the Philippines and the U.S. Ms. Cachapero is greatly indebted to her many teachers including the late master Ed Mock, Alonzo King, Barbara Dilley, Augusta Moore, and wushu master Zhang Ling-Mei. She has been a member of Kulintang Arts, a core member of Pearl Ubungen Dancers & Musicians and a founding member of Deep Waters Dance Theater. She has also worked with Robert Henry Johnson, David Rousseve and Facing East Dance & Music.