Léa Tirabasso’s The Ephemeral Life of an Octopus.

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Yukiko Masui / Léa Tirabasso

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Léa Tirabasso’s The Ephemeral Life of an Octopus. Photo © Bohumil Kostohryz
Ka Bradley
A double bill that contrasts mental anguish with physical recklessness

 

A spotlight illuminates a single figure, battling an invisible downward pull. Her fists jab out, push away; her body jerks and curves, resisting whatever bonds are dragging her. In staccato bursts, she enacts an endlessly delayed, endlessly opposed fall. Yukiko Masui’s delicate Falling Family is a cinematic meditation on the act of falling or resisting a fall. Four dancers – seemingly representing a family, headed by Yumino Seki’s captivating, damaged matriarch – appear in spotlit scenes across the stage, like…

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