UNTITLED PORTRAIT, UNTITLED OCEAN
a project by
Luigi Coppola, Isak Immanuel, Yuko Kaseki
Production/coproduction and support to the project:
HwaLien International Workshop
Taipei Artist Village
San Francisco International Arts Festival
Theatre Bay Area (CA$H),
Berlin Senate Cultural Exchange/Der Regierende
Bürgermeister von Berlin
Farmlab Los Angeles
New Langton Arts Gallery San Francisco
with the support of the programme Movin'up (GAI, DARC, POGAS)
Fabbrica Europa, Florence
Santarcangelo dei Teatri, Santarcangelo
Giardino Chiuso / Teatro dei Leggieri, San Gimignano
Officina Giovani - Cantieri Culturali ex Macelli, Comune di Prato
Interno 5 Movi|mentale, Naples
MADRE Museo d'Arte Donna Regina, Naples
CDTM Circuito Campano della Danza, Naples
Dock 11, Berlin
Untitled Portraits springs from collaboration among three
artists, Luigi Coppola, Italian director and performer; Yuko
Kaseki, Japanese dancer and choreographer living in Berlin;
and Isak Immanuel, American dancer and choreographer.
The theme of exploration is invisibility and anonymity in
ambiences with no formal identity, no relationality and
historicity, in various places round the world and in three
The spaces of anonymity into which more and more often we
crowd - alone but together with many other individuals
similar to ourselves - are the context in which the project
develops and the places where the artists are acting - and
will act - directly.
The sub-title chosen for the project, "Wúmíng Shì, Mario
Rossi, John Doe, Hans Mustermann, Nanashi-Gonbee", is made
up of the most common names, or non-names, of each country
to host the project, with the clear intent of indicating a
form of non-identity.
The project schedules different stages, always consisting
in a creation/residence workshop in each country, and in
one or more public performances. In every context the
development of the project is realized through a work of
site specific video-performances in parallel with the
creation of a multimedia performance that represents the
heart of the project.
In Taiwan, Tokyo, San Francisco and Los Angeles an
intense and fruitful work of around four month has been
realized, with residences at the Hweilan International
Artist's Workshop and at the Taipei Artists Village of
Taipei and with public performances and videoinstallations
at Old Winery and Cultural Center of Hweilan, at Guling
Theatre and Artists Village of Taipei.
Between May and June 2008 the stage in the United States:
the project has been hosted and coproduced by the New
Langton Arts gallery of San Francisco and at Farmlab
Social Sculpture di Los Angeles. Also in this occasion
the process consisted in residences, creation of site
specific videos and the performance/videodialogue
TO (untitled portrait and ocean).
For the Italian stage Untitled portrait, untitled ocean
has been selected for the project MOVING_movimento. At
the Teatro dei Leggieri of San Gimignano and at the
Stazione Leopolda of Florence the videoperformances
realized in the previous stages have been presented.
The Italian stage also schedules residences and
performances in Naples (September '08) and in Florence
at the Teatro Affratellamento (October '08).
A further stage will be held in Berlin with a residence
at the arts centre Dock 11.
To (untitled portrait and ocean)
With a question of To comes one of From, between
To whom to write, to where to send, to go, to escape,
to flee, to take flight.
TO is a videodialogue.
A journey between reality and imagination.
In three continents of the planet.
A journey of three individuals who interact with
spaces without any formal identity.
A constant research of identity and visibility,
following the dynamics and the diversions of an
In collaboration with:
Kanoko Nishi - original music (USA/JAP)
Theresa Wong - original music (USA)
Zachari Watkins - original music (USA)
Phnonpenh MODEL - original music (JAP)
Yingmei Duan - performance for video / voice (CINA/GER)
Yachu Kang - costumes and mail art (TAIWAN)
Sunwei Liuo, Lan Hungh, Shoozooo Tsai -
live performance/video (TAIWAN)
Alessandro Bedosti - performance for video (ITA/GER)
Sherwood Chen - performance for video (USA)
Folawole Oyinlola - performance for video (USA)
Maruta - music (JAP)
Performer and director of physical theatrical,
he has scientific training in engineering and
artistic training in the performing arts and
multimedia. He has directed the Blusuolo group and
is at present head of the research group on the
performing arts LOSS - Laboratorio operativo sistemi
sensibili, with whom he has produced theatrical pièces,
performances and videos that have appeared in
numerous festivals and reviews, among others the San
Francisco International Arts Festival, Wunder der Prärie
(Mannheim), Unidram Festival (Potsdam) and the
Athens Biennial of Young Artists.
He has also been artist in residence at various
international institutions such as Hweilan International
Artists Residence of Taiwan, Taipei Artists Village of
Taipei, PAF (Performing Arts Forum of Saint Erme in France,
CESTA Cultural Exchange Station of Tábor (Czech Republic).
Dancer, choreographer and photographer from the
United States, he lives and works mainly in the San
Francisco area. In his work he investigates the distances
between myth and reality. His project Floor of Sky
(Clothes x sun) was presented in Berlin, Paris, Seoul,
San Francisco and Taiwan.
His research is a mix of influences based on sociological
studies, multicultural collaboration, dance-theatre,
Butho dance, mime, Qigong, martial arts and body
He has won many international prizes in the field of
Japanese dancer and choreographer, she has lived in Berlin
since 1995. She studied Butho dance and performing arts at
the HBK of Braunschweig with Anzu Furukawa and has danced,
among others, with the Dance Butter Company of Tokyo. In 1995
with Marc Ates she founded the Cokaseki Group with whom she
produced projects presented in Europe, Japan, the United
States and Canada. Her choreographical research based on
Butho dance and contemporary dance features her particular
Her creations have obtained numerous awards, among which
the Isadora Duncan Dance Award 2004 for the best composition
and the best visual design and, again in 2004, the Toyota
Choreography Award of Tokyo.