WORLD PREMIERE: Grounded in the idea that a sense of who we are is rooted in one’s embodied experiences, Direct Path to Detour seeks to evoke various mental and physical states that arise at the intersection of multiple value systems, social pressure, expectation, personal experiences, and body memory. Some of those things are sometimes explicitly clear, but some are often unarticulated and uncertain. In this poetic investigation, a solo performer attempts to observe and hold all on the equal plane, believing that they can and should exist simultaneously without logic and rationale.
How can I be clear and accountable for my own thoughts and voices while creating spaces for other perspectives, possibilities, and depth? What is the connection between openness and clarity? Do I hear noises surrounding and intermingling with harmony? Can there be anything beyond noises?
As a third part of Direct Path to Detour trilogy (along with a group performance and a published book), Direct Path to Detour, Single Focus directs the viewers’ focus onto a solo performer, Yamamoto himself. While the viewers are situated in a surround circular seating configuration along with live electronic sound design by sound artist sidony o’neal, the solo performer’s multiple approaches to physicality, fictionalized gaze, and choreographic timing dilate spaces in and out.
Originally from Shizuoka Japan, Takahiro Yamamoto is an artist based in Portland, working in live performance, sculpture, and photography. Both of his live performances and visual art works have been presented at GoDown Arts Centre (Nairobi), Bedlam Lowertown (St.Paul), Fresh Festival (San Francisco), Center on Contemporary Arts (Seattle), Rowan Gallery (Los Angeles), and Disjecta (Portland). As a performer, he has worked with Morgan Thorson, Xavier Le Roy, Opiyo Okach, Mårten Spångberg, Keith Hennessy, Jmy James Kidd, Perseverance Theatre Company and others. He holds MFA in Visual Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art. He co-directs a performance company madhause with Ben Evans, and a part of Portland-based support group Physical Education with Allie Hankins, keyon gaskin, and Lu Yim.
Direct Path to Detour is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project, co-commissioned by PICA in partnership with Contemporary Arts Center Cincinnati, DiverseWorks, and NPN. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency).
The project has also received funding from the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts Japan program.