Eiko Otake: The Duet Project: Distance is Malleable

April 15 – April 17, 2022
7:30 – 3PM

Dance visionary Eiko Otake’s newest offering, Distance is Malleable, is a mutable and evolving series of experiments in collaboration. Negotiating differences of race, age, culture, and religion, she partners with a diverse range of artists, living and dead, to maximize the potential of their encounters. This cross-disciplinary project explores the ever-changing nature of distance, shared place, loss, survival, and memory. The New York premiere at NYU Skirball will include Eiko’s duets with choreographer/improviser Ishmael Houston-Jones, painter/rapper/organizer DonChristian Jones, world-renowned avant-garde pianist Margaret Leng Tan, and poet/performance maker Iris McCloughan.

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. [](


  • Audience members must be 12 years of age or older to enter the theater.
  • Audience members must show a valid government-issued photo ID.
  • All audience members must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and receive a COVID-19 booster shot (if eligible for the booster based on CDC criteria). Documentation must include name, birthday, dates of doses & vaccine manufacturer. Documentation must be in English.
  • All audience members will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated and boosted (if eligible), with an FDA-authorized or WHO-listed vaccine.
  • All audience members must wear a well-fitted mask at all times. Allowable masks: disposable masks (surgical or medical procedure masks), KN95 masks, KF94 masks, N95 masks are allowable.