There's yet another enticement to attend the upcoming performances of Eiko & Koma at the Ringling Museum's Historic Asolo Theater.
It was announced today that the Japanese dance/theater artists will be joined onstage by the Grammy Award-winning Native American musician, Robert Mirabal, for their Feb. 24-26 engagement, a part of the museum's "Art of Our Time" contemporary dance/theater series.
According to Dwight Currie, associate director for museum programs, Mirabal's album, "Land," was specifically created for the choreographic work of Eiko Otake and her husband, Takashi Koma Otake. The couple, who have been performing together for more than 40 years, present movement that has been described as transcending traditional notions of time and space.
Mirabal, a two-time Grammy winner, lives a traditional Native American lifestyle with his family in the Taos Pueblo of northern New Mexico. In addition to composing and performing his music, Mirabal is also a painter, master craftsman, poet, actor, screenwriter, horseman and farmer.
"Land," inspired by the landscapes around Taos, is performed with cedar and clay flutes, percussion, rattles and traditional Native American vocals. It was previously played live for a European, Asian and American tour.
Tickets for Eiko and Koma are available through the Ringling box office at 360-7399 or at www.ringling.org. Other artists in the series include Other Shore (Feb. 10-12), Bill Bowers (Mar. 10-12) and Kate Weare & Co. (Mar. 24-26).