Eiko & Koma, New Directions Publishers

For over thirty years, the Japanese-born choreographer/dancers Eiko & Koma have created an influential theatre of movement out of stillness, shape, light, and sound. In tribute and collaboration, acclaimed American poet Forrest Gander has written a mesmerizing series of poems—hinging around a dance schematic—that captures and extends the dancers’ performance with lyrical intensity and vividness. An excerpt of his expansive, liquid lines was threaded through Eiko & Koma’s retrospective catalogue of dance works, Time Is Not Even, Space is Not Empty.


Two larval bodies naked with faces
and seared straw in their hair hold our looking
to the dark back of and beyond


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Publishers Weekly: "Pulitzer finalist Gander’s mesmerizing series of poems— hinging on a dance schematic—captures and extends Eiko & Koma’s performances with lyrical intensity and vividness."

Read Reviews Here

(by clicking on the publications below):

Walker Art Center Blog

Laverne Frith in New York Journal of Books

Benjamin Paloff in Rain Taxi

Rusty Morrison in At Length Magazine

Vincent Katz on Best of American Poetry

Spanish translations of poems from Eiko & Koma en Hiedra
Traducciónes de poemas de Eiko & Koma en Hiedra


Photographs below by Jay Anderson & by Anna Lee Campbell.
Click on images below to see video poems.

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