It was a pleasure and an honor to be part of Performance Mix Festivals #31 (Infinite Corridor) and #36 (Meeting the Moai: Head Over Heels.) In both instances, the artists were made to feel welcomed and truly celebrated for their work, as reflected by attention to publicity, technical needs, and convivial gatherings. This festival truly practices diversity, equity, and inclusion, as manifested in their roster of performing artists each year. Big thanks to New Dance Alliance, Karen Bernard, and the entire Performance Mix Festival team who make it such a fulfilling and joyful experience for artists and audiences alike.
gorno (Glenn Potter-Takata)
gorno (Glenn Potter-Takata) is an artist-person of Japanese-descent working in butoh, an anti-modernist dance genre originating in Tokyo during the late ‘50s. His work centers a Japanese-American experience, and is preoccupied with the consumer culture runoff from the Japanese archipelago. He uses Buddhist and its adjacent Shinto philosophies to address the by-products of Japanese internment, creating ritualized performances around fictional pop culture deities. Glenn is a current Movement Research artist-in-residence. He has developed and shown work through residencies at Gibney Dance Center, Amanda + James, and Lehman College/CUNY Dance Initiative. Additionally, his work has been presented at Triskelion Arts, HERE Arts, Dixon Place, Arts On Site, Abrons Art Center, Movement Research at Judson Church, and with Pioneers Go East. gorno received his MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, where he focused in multimedia performance.
Through butoh and re-contextualized Buddhist rituals, Yonsei yeah yeah imagines a future where the cultural erasure associated with Japanese internment camps has been overcorrected and distorted into a value system where anime and Japanese junk food have been assimilated into the pantheon of buddhas and bodhisattvas.