Often times, I have this “I don’t belong here” feeling.
Often times, I am in this “somewhere in between”.
I am a stranger here in New York. I am a stranger there in Japan.
I am a stranger here and there.
This is a piece about my forever journey to somewhere, searching for something.
wonder. I. wanderer. I am. somewhere. in between.
Clown/Butoh inspired movement theatre performance by Chobibi
Written, directed and designed by Yuki Kawahisa
Choreographed by Yuki Kawahisa and Melissa Lohman
Assistant Director: Kiyou Kamisawa
About the Artists
Yuki Kawahisa, a native of Japan, is an actor and performing artist. She moved to New
York in 2005 and ever since she has been actively performing her own works and
others. Kawahisa has worked with internationally acclaimed theatre directors such as
Robert Wilson and Richard Forman. She has collaborated with theatre artists with
different disciplines, choreographers and dancers, multimedia artists and musicians and
performed in many different forms at various New York and international venues (The
Public Theatre, The KITCHEN, Baryshinikov Arts Center, PS122, A.R.T/New York,
Guggenheim Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Akademie der Kunste, Berlin, Creteil Maison
des Arts, Paris, Brisbane Power House, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre). She is also a
playwright. Her original one woman-show “The Kimono Loosened” (written and
performed by) received very positive reviews throughout Canada and in New York. She
has studied Balinese dance, mask dance, Wayan Klit (shadow puppet theatre) in Bali,
Indonesia, Butoh from various masters, Nihon Buyo (Japanese classic dance), Noguch
Taiso and clowning. She combines these materials to create her own unique form of
dance and theater. www.yukikawahisa.com
Melissa Lohman is a performer, dancer, visual artist from New York City. She currently
lives in Rome, Italy. BFA 2000, School of Visual Arts, NYC. In 1995 she began showing
her work as a performance artist in various theaters and clubs in New York City such as
the Living Theater, the Knitting Factory, UCB Theater, CBGB’s and Webster Hall. After
returning to dance training a few years prior (ballet, Afro-Caribbean, Simonson
technique, contemporary), in 2004 she began training in the Japanese contemporary
dance form butoh with Minako Seki. She continued her training with Ko Murobushi,
Yoshito Ohno, Tadashi Endo and Katsura Kan. She studied Noguchi taiso with and
danced for Mari Osanai. From 2008-2010 she danced for and collaborated with Katsura
Kan in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. She has brought her work as a solo
performer and collaborator to theaters in Rome, Paris, Tuscania and New York. Melissa
teaches dance/movement and stretch classes in different environments.
Yuki and Melissa met in 2007 in New York City and have been collaborating ever since.
They organized the New York Dance Qube, a series of performances at Melissa's
live/work space in Industry City, Brooklyn 2008-2012. In 2008 they created their duo
project, Chobibi and performed as such with live musicians in various venues in NYC.
Chobibi brings them together again for this new work.
Kiyo Kamisawa (Assistant director) is originated in Tokyo, Japan, she has recently
graduated from SUNY Purchase College with a Theater and Performance degree
specializing in directing and playwriting. Her past credit include: Beauty Lies Within (co-
writer, director, and sound designer), Orestes 2.0 (dramaturg), The Skriker (dramaturg),
and Yuya (playwright, director) at SUNY Purchase College, and a workshop production
and a reading of Suicide Forrest (assistant director) directed by Aya Ogawa at The
Bushwick Starr. Kamisawa is currently working on her play Yuya for New York Theatre
Festival. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org