Arcane Collective – Cold Dream Colour at the Guggenheim Museum

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May 11-12, 2013

Arcane Collective performs at the Guggenheim Museum

Arcane Collective – Cold Dream Colour,
an homage to Ireland’s foremost 20th century painter, Louis le Brocquy
at the Peter B. Lewis Theater, Guggenheim Museum
Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12 at 7:30pm

From the canvas to the stage, how does one art medium inform and inspire another? Irish broadcaster, John Kelly moderates, conversations with director and choreographers Morleigh Steinberg and Oguri and musicians and composers, The Edge of U2 and Paul Chavez about the process of turning le Brocquy’s imagery into music and dance. With excerpts performed by the company, the images inspired by the paintings of Ireland’s formidable artist Louis le Brocquy, come into a life of their own.

Guggenheim Museum
1071 5th Ave  New York, NY 10128

NOTAWAY – Quest for Freedom

March 1-3, 2013

NOTAWAY – Quest for Freedom 


Inspired by the quintessential American novel,  Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain,  NOTAWAY is a complex, multilayered work blending choreography and musical compositions with improvised music and dance.

A multi-discipline project by Oguri.

Two solo dancers, Oguri and Yasunari Tamai (Japan)
with live music by Wadada Leo Smith’s Golden Quartet
trumpet/composition – Wadada Leo Smith
piano – Anthony Davis
bass – John Lindberg
drums – Pheeroan akLaff

Friday March 1, 8:00pm
Saturday March 2, 5:00pm/8:00pm
Sunday March 3, 3:00pm

at the Electric Lodge
1416 Electric Avenue Venice CA 90291
Free parking at the Electric Lodge

General Admission: $22 [presale] $25 [day of show]
Students, seniors & under18yr: $17 [no presale, ID required]

Body Weather Laboratory and Arcane Collective present Flower of the Season 2013. Now in its 9th year,  Flower of the Season produces outstanding dance within a deeply considered, minimal yet encompassing approach to space and theatricality. This year, the series introduces the exquisite work of Yasunari Tamai and Oguri. Music composed by Wadada Leo Smith. Live music performed by Wadada Leo Smith‘s Golden Quartet.

Oguri’s dance is not a literal retelling of Twain’s story, but takes inspiration from Twain’s treatment of universal themes. Among the most important is the journey on the Mississippi toward freedom that Huck and Jim make. “I see this quest for freedom as the essence of the book, ” Oguri says. He is also attracted to the character of Huck. “Huck himself is an intensely physical being and he improvises his way out of the problems that he and Jim encounter, ” Oguri says. “As a dancer I connect with these aspects of his character. When Huck says that he will risk going to hell to free Jim, I admire Huck for his ability to make crucial decisions in the moment. He understands that we have no choice in life but to escape slavery and obtain freedom.” Twain’s masterpiece also inspired Oguri to ask Tamai to be part of the project. “There are so many important ‘twins’ in the novel, ” he says. “There’s Huck and Jim, but also Huck and Tom Sawyer and even secondary characters like the Duke and Dauphin. I felt a second dancer was critical.”

Oguri asked his long time collaborator Wadada Leo Smith to compose music for the project, in part because Smith was born and grew up near the Mississippi River. Like Oguri, Smith sees the desire for freedom as a key to the novel, as well as to the dance and his music. “For me, every action we make is toward freedom, ” Smith says. “The Mississippi River, which plays such an important part in the novel, is a powerful symbol of that notion of freedom.” In addition to a newly commissioned piece, Smith and Golden Quartet will also perform several of Smith’s other compositions with a theme of freedom that Oguri has selected for the new dance work. Smith’s compositions incorporate improvisation, just as the dance does.“Improvisation is freedom in action, ” Smith says. “It is the glue that holds the piece together.”

This project is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Metabolic Studio and the Electric Lodge. Produced by Body Weather Laboratory and Arcane collective.


Body Weather Laboratory ( BWL) is our Los Angeles, USA based non profit company which has been in existence since 1993. BWL has been a vibrant and influential contributor to the story of dance by conducting workshops, residences, and producing new performance, locally and internationally.

2012 was an exciting year for us. Thanks to you, our supporters, and a grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, we celebrated the start of the year with the construction of Milwood Landing, our company rooftop studio, and an opening dance by Simone Forti in February. We feel so fortunate to have done so many more inspiring projects and collaborations. Highlights include: Roxanne Steinberg performing at the Basilica in Hudson, New York, COLD DREAM COLOUR- homage to Irish painter Louis le Brocquy, at REDCAT Los Angeles, the Flower of the Seasons – ECDYSIS performances at Electric Lodge, Venice CA, Oguri’s collaboration with Andres Corchero in a week residency and performance at Mal Pelo’s L’Animal in Catalonia, Spain, and Oguri and Adam Rudolph at the ABSOLUT Fringe festival in Dublin, Ireland with WILDFLOWERS.

This year, 2013, has kicked off with a successful run of 5 APAP/NYC showcases at our ARCANE Loft Tribeca. Coming this March is Oguri’s Huckleberry Project, “QUEST FOR FREEDOM” with Tamai, from Japan, and live music by composer/musician Wadada Leo Smith and his Golden Quartet. May brings COLD DREAM COLOUR to the Guggenheim Museum in NYC as part of their WORKS AND PROCESS series.

The opportunity to integrate dance into the community, festivals, and contemporary life is both invigorating and a true honour. We hope that you will consider supporting us.

Checks are gratefully accepted made payable to:
Body Weather Laboratory
636 Milwood Avenue, Venice CA 90291
all contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowable by the law.

Please donate to help make our work a reality.

APAP Showcase

January 12 & 13, 2013

Arcane Collective APAP showcase + meet the artists

ARCANE Collective will be in full flight with 6 mesmerizing company dancers performing in our unique and intimate venue. We will be transforming our ARCANE Loft Tribeca into a luminous landscape and will be presenting excerpts of our most recent acclaimed production, up close and personal. And we are only a short distance downtown from the Hilton Hub.
Find us at  Jodi Kaplan & Associates/ Booking Dance Booth 849 Hall ll
and Culture Ireland booth#68 Rhinelander Hall

These are the times we are presenting
Saturday, Jan 12th,  3pm & 7:30pm & 10pm 
& Sunday, Jan 13th,  12pm & 7:30pm

at ARCANE Loft Tribeca – 145 Hudson Street, # 12a  (Tribeca) NY NY 10013
RSVP: and for any questions you may have.