Eiko Otake’s The Duet Project: Distance Is Malleable

April 15 – April 17, 2022

NYU Skirball Presents the NY Premiere of

Eiko Otake’s The Duet Project: Distance Is Malleable
Ishmael Houston-Jones, DonChristian Jones, Margaret Leng Tan, and Iris McCloughan

April 15 – 17

NYU Skirball will present the N.Y. premiere of Eiko Otake’s The Duet Project: Distance Is Malleable with choreographer/improvisor Ishmael Houston-Jones, painter/rapper/organizer DonChristian Jones, world-renowned avant-garde pianist Margaret Leng Tan, and poet/performance maker Iris McCloughan.

Otake’s newest offering, “The Duet Project, Distance is Malleable” is a mutable and evolving series of experiments in collaboration, which aims to maximize the potential of artists’ encounters. Negotiating differences of race, age, culture, and discipline, Eiko has so far partnered with a diverse range of 23 artists, living and dead. This project does not result in a set work that tours in the same shape. Each full-evening-length presentation is designed specifically for each venue with several artists at a time. Together they explore the ever-changing nature of distance, shared place, loss, survival, and memory.

Born and raised in Japan and a resident of New York since 1976, Eiko is a movement-based, interdisciplinary artist. After working for more than 40 years as Eiko & Koma, she now performs as a soloist and directs her own projects. A recipient of numerous honors, including the Doris Duke Artist Awards and MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, she teaches at Wesleyan University and NYU.

NYU Skirball, located in the heart of Greenwich Village, is one of New York City’s major presenters of international work, and has been the premier venue for cultural and performing arts events in lower Manhattan since 2003. The 800-seat theater, led by Director Jay Wegman, provides a home for internationally renowned artists, innovators, and thinkers and presents ground-breaking events ranging from re-inventions of the classics to cutting-edge premieres, in genres ranging from dance, theater and performance arts to comedy, music and film.

The Duet Project will play Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, April 17 at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased online at Duet Project, by visiting the box office in person, Wednesday - Friday from 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm, or by calling 212.998.4941. NYU Skirball is located at 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square, New York, New York 10012.

NYU Skirball mandates proof of vaccination for all audience members, performers, crew, and venue staff. Face masks will be required at all times. For complete Covid precautions, visit

Subways: A, B, C, D, E, F, M to West 4th St.; R & W to 8th Street; 6 to Astor Place.

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