The Crazy Cloud Collection

The Crazy Cloud Collection
May 5 | 8pm
$25 in advance/$30 day of show

inkBoat, a butoh dance and experimental theater troupe explore the complexity of the human experience through the story of 15th century poet and monk, Ikkyu Sojun, known as “Crazy Cloud,” one of the most significant figures in Zen Buddhism.

Founded by Shinichi Iova-Koga in 1998, inkBoat is a performance collective working in fractured, filmic, delicate and decayed environments, inkBoat’s performances evoke both the traditional and the experimental, drawing heavily from movements (political, artistic, personal) of challenge. Each performance is a dialogue between the apparent and hidden worlds.

“The Crazy Cloud Collection” results from the intersection of Ko Murobushi, recognized in Japan as a leading inheritor of Hijikata’s original vision of Butoh, and Shinichi Iova-Koga, whose aesthetic balances between the known and unknown, improvising image within and without the body. Together, these artists invite the ghost of Ikkyu, most known for provocative, biting and unorthodox poetry, to share the stage with them.

The presentation and tour of “The Crazy Cloud Collection” was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project (NDP).  Additional tour funding comes from Performing Arts Japan, a program of Japan Foundation.

“The Crazy Cloud Collection” is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund/Forth Fund Project, produced by inkBoat, the U.S./Japan Cultural Trade Network, Inc. and the San Francisco International Arts Festival.

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