multi-media performance | "jun's beginning" by sokei hatano

sokei hatano exclusively presents

jun’s beginning
a multi-media performance

sokei hatano, storyteller
lori ohtani, narrative movement
andrew binkley, video design
monika haar, sound composition

date: saturday, february 17, 2018
doors open 6:30pm, performance from 7pm - 7:30pm
there will be light refreshments and a Q&A with the artists following the performance.

location: the boxjelly, white space 307a kamani st. honolulu, hawai’i 96813

tickets: $15 pre-sale tickets available through eventbrite
$20.00 at the door
seating is limited 

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about Jun’s beginning

the story of Jun, is one of dreams and phantoms, of longing for the here and for the distant. it is a story of shifting seasons in the world around jun and within jun, just as winter transforms into spring and boiling water transforms into steam. storyteller sokei hatano’s practice of tea ceremony led to her writing the book “village”, to which “jun’s beginning” was born. through this practice, hatano saw how repetition and ritual offer valuable lessons, and began to uncover more deeply the meaning of MA, the space of emptiness to which a practitioner gives pause and where answers may be revealed to them. community and collaboration became evident as another guiding principle to hatano’s practice in tea ceremony. this understanding brought together four artists to collaborate for this multi-media performance. In it, hatano will embody the character jun through the tea ceremony, and enter the character’s inner and outer world through narrative movement, video + light projections, and composed sound.

about the artists

sokei hatano has been a long active member of the art community in hawaii. being both on the creative side, organizing group shows and running a gallery. she has exhibited at the contemporary museum, first hawaiian center and japanese cultural center of hawaii. in 2012 she began writing a story entitled "village" to accompany the group of ball jointed dolls she was exhibiting at jcch to give a life like background to each character she created. this collaboration is the continuing story of the character jun’s journey.

lori ohtani was born and raised on the island of oahu. she has a bfa in painting & sculpture from the university of hawaii at manoa. with a background in modern dance she was strongly drawn to the visual imagery of butoh dance. a butoh artist for 29yrs she has taught butoh classes at the japanese cultural center of hawaii since 1999 as well as workshops and performances in the usa, canada, and japan, both as a solo artist & with her group tangentz. she has exhibited visual art, installations and performances, sometimes in conjunction, in hawaii since 1995. butoh dance remains her main passion and a major source of inspiration in her art and life.

andrew binkley is an artist who attended the kansas city art institute, but left to live throughout china exploring buddhism and tea culture. his artworks have exhibited with the honolulu biennial, the kaohsiung museum of fine arts (taiwan), the downtown film festival (l.a.), the queens museum of art (n.y.), and shanghai zendai museum of modern art (china). he has held site-specific works in venues ranging from an ancient castle in england to the hi-deserts of joshua tree national park, and from a former tennis court at the honolulu museum of art’s spalding house to the streets of seattle with the bill & melinda gates foundation. binkley’s collaborative projects include working with ryuichi sakamoto + christopher willits for their album released by ghostly international and he is currently working on a photography book delving into the rich culture of china’s teahouses.

monika haar is an advocate of new music and an active piano teacher. from the age of nine, she was under the tutelage of professor peter coraggio of the university of hawai'i at manoa music department. she continued her studies at the oberlin conservatory of music and graduated from the aaron copland school of music at queens college in 2012. while living in new york city, monika directed and performed with innovox, a contemporary chamber ensemble that focused on performing new works by living composers. her interest in improvisation has led her to collaborate with the lovelies, a modern dance group based in nyc, and recently performed with them at the joffrey ballet school. presently based in honolulu, monika is making plans to perform her original works to raise environmental awareness to the local community.

about boxjelly
boxjelly is a co-working space which services monthly memberships, as well as meeting & event space reservations for members and non-members alike. more than just an office or business center, boxjelly thrives from the interactions that its members have with one another and the space. the emphasis on community helps to foster a collaborative environment, from which innovation is bred.

307a kamani st., honolulu, hawai’i 96813 usa
tel: 1-808-769-6921

parking: free ample street parking near and within walking distance to BoxJelly location

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