Kocho, based on the Noh play of the same name, tells the story of a wandering Priest who meets a butterfly and “liberates” it by letting it dance under the plum blossom. The internationally acclaimed Seattle-based Fisher Ensemble has forged an original musical and theatrical style that incorporates sounds and instruments from multiple cultures, and ragas that are, in part, created by the performers, as well as from elements of the ancient Noh and Greek traditions. Premiered at Galapagos Art Space Kocho offers a unique site-specific environment in which to explore the dualities inherent in the Fisher Ensemble’s way of working – between the poles of presentational and immersive staging techniques, and between ancient and modern aesthetics and storytelling traditions. The space’s walkways, stage, balcony and pools of water, heightened by original installations by sculptor Louise McCagg, will allow the piece to engulf the audience, immersing them in the beauty of the sonic and visual experience.
Kocho premiered at the Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn in a BMP production on September 23, 2011
“A strong, unified and strikingly individual utterance of unambiguous beauty."
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