Eiko & Koma: Time is Not Even, Space is Not Empty

Eiko & Koma, Naked, 2010. Photo: Anna Lee Campbell.
Eiko & Koma, White Dance, 2010 Revival. Photo: Anna Lee Campbell.
Eiko & Koma, Offering, 2002. Photo: Varga Matyas.

About

Influential and venerated Japanese-born choreographers and dance artists Eiko & Koma have been making collaborative works for more than 40 years. Their stark, elemental works use precision and stillness to create slowly evolving images that have placed their bodies in landscapes, rivers, and graveyards. This exhibition is part of an ongoing three-year retrospective created by Eiko & Koma in creative collaboration with various organizations, including the MCA. The exhibition features photographic and video documentation of their past performance works, set and prop pieces, and a large-scale installation of the work, Naked, featuring a massive nest that will be inhabited by the artists several times throughout the run of the exhibition.

The artists perform multiple times throughout the course of the exhibition. Performances are free with admission unless otherwise noted:

NAKED
Jun 24–26, 1–5 pm, and Jun 28, 1–8 pm

This is a durational performance that takes place in the galleries; the audience may come and go.

THE CARAVAN PROJECT
Aug 23–24, 7:30–9 pm

This is a durational performance that takes place on the MCA Plaza; the audience may come and go.

REGENERATION
Sep 22–24, 7:30 pm
Tickets available in July
Performed in the MCA Theater

NAKED
Nov 8, 1–8 pm, and Nov 9–13, 1–5 pm

This is a durational performance that takes place in the galleries; the audience may come and go.

Learn more about Eiko & Koma

Installation images

Eiko & Koma performing Naked, MCA Chicago, Jul 5, 2011. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Eiko & Koma: Time is Not Even, Space is Not Empty, MCA Chicago, Jun 24–Nov 13, 2011. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Eiko & Koma: Time is Not Even, Space is Not Empty, MCA Chicago, Jun 24–Nov 13, 2011. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Eiko & Koma: Time is Not Even, Space is Not Empty, MCA Chicago, Jun 24–Nov 13, 2011. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Eiko & Koma: Time is Not Even, Space is Not Empty, MCA Chicago, Jun 24–Nov 13, 2011. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Eiko & Koma performing Naked, MCA Chicago, Jul 5, 2011. Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Eiko & Koma performing Naked, MCA Chicago, Jul 5, 2011. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Eiko & Koma: Time is Not Even, Space is Not Empty, MCA Chicago, Jun 24–Nov 13, 2011. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Eiko & Koma performing Naked, MCA Chicago, Jul 5, 2011. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Eiko & Koma performing Naked, MCA Chicago, Jul 5, 2011. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Funding

Support for this exhibition is generously provided by Mary Ittelson.

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