Major Repertoire

 1)  Earth Healing (running time: 1 hour 15 minutes)

 It consists of an introductory part where Gio shows the movements that correspond to the sound of a self-read poem, “Sugarcane Field,” which is a symbolic depiction of sufferings and pains caused by an unidentified war (could be any war in the history and in the world). In the choreography of this part, Gio extensively used the principle he learned from Eurythmy (an attempt to translate the sound of spoken language and music to the dancers’ movements).  Subsequent to this part, there is a main part of this piece, which is divided into four segments: Fire, Water, Air, and Earth.  Each segment consists of two parts: the first part being the movement that goes along with poem of each element (Gio’s original) and the second part being the dance to the music that symbolically depicts each elemental energy.  The music was originally composed by Gio’s friend, Robert Weinberger, a musician who is housed in NY.  Styles of dances differ depending on the element: a taste of middle-eastern sword dance for Fire dance, fluid movements found in northern Chinese martial arts (Tai-Chi-type of movement) for Water dance, combination of Ballet and Sufi dance for Air, and Southeast Asian type of movement combined with Mime for Earth.  The ending part consists of Gio’s eurythmy that goes along with a responsive reading in which a symbolic conversation between “human” and “earth” is poetically depicted (Gio’s original poem).

 2)  Earth in Pain (running time: 1 hour)

 “Earth in Pain” evolved from “Earth Healing.” and divided into three parts.  The first part addresses the world in chaos by starting with Gio’s symbolic sword dance that gives the feeling of general tragic feelings associated with any battle in the history.  This dance is based on traditional Japanese sword dance that Gio is trained with.  The second segment of the first part is Ann Harper’s improvisational painting that corresponds to an experimental jazz music played by “On (free-style jazz band).”  The first part ends with Gio’s eurythmy presentation along with poem recital of “sugarcane field.”  Ann presents her yoga poses during Gio’s eurythmy.  The second part is the dance of four elements that consists of poem recital along with eurythmy followed by music and dance for each element.  Ann also presents eurythmy along with her responsive reading of poem during this second part.  The third and the last part start from Gio and Ann’s responsive poem recital along with eurythmy.  This part contains the message of being in touch with the pain of earth at a deeper level.  The finale is Gio’s dance and Ann’s painting that celebrates the unity with mother earth.

3) Beautiful Earth (running time: 1 hour)

 Beautiful earth starts from a responsive poem recital along with movements.  This poem consists of the conversation between an old man and a young man who disagrees on the nature of universe (whether harmony is the ultimate truth of the universe or not).  Young man’s anger leads to the next section where I perform a powerful martial arts dance with a staff and swords.  However, this section is also meant to elicit the sense of emptiness of the battles, leading to a painter’s improvisational painting along with an atonal music that depicts the sense of chaos and then to the poem recital of “sugarcane field.”  The rest of piece is the same of “Earth in Pain.”  Ann (the painter) usually does the real-time painting during the four elements pieces and the finale along with Gio’s dance.

 4) Four Elements (running time: 35 minutes)

 “Earth Healing” and “Earth in Pain” evolved from “Four Elements.”  This piece consists of Gio’s dance of four elements (fire, water, air, and earth), each element consisting of dance to poem reading and dance to music, followed by a finale part in which Gio integrates the dance movements that appeared in all four elements.  Usually performed with a poem reader and occasionally with a live drummer who would accentuate the beginning of each segment and also improvise to either or both poem reading parts and to the finale part.

5) Water (running time: 8 minutes)

 The choreography of this piece is solely based on eurythmy that goes along with Gio’s original poem called, “water.”  It describes the various facets of water in human lives.

 6) Tsunami (running time: 10 minutes)

 “Tsunami” means “tidal wave” in Japanese.  This piece is Gio’s original choreography that goes along with Japanese Taiko drum music with the same title.  It combines the movements of Japanese and Chinese martial arts and ballet.

7) Kawanakajima (running time: 7 minutes)

 “Kawanakajima” is a Japanese middle-age battle field where a battle between two feudal lords took place.  This piece is based on Japanese traditional sword dance with the same title, which also includes Gio’s original choreography and it is danced with a Japanese fan and a sword.

 8) Intolerance (running time: 40 minutes)

 This is my new experiment.  I dance with a free-style jazz band, “On,” that is housed in Morgantown, WV.  In this improvisation, I mix modern dance, middle – eastern and Persian dance, African dance, and Butoh, and mime movements.  The theme is the suffering and pain associated with world problems that include, but are not limited to, environmental destruction, exploitation of people in weaker position, and war.  In the first part lasts about 12 minutes, my dance is existential in nature and is influenced by Mary Wigman’s expressionistic dance, The second part is about 15 minutes that starts from my poem recital along with eurythmy that expresses the anger against these problems.  The music subsequently depicts this feeling of anger and my dance is energetic and contains martial arts-based movements, Indian dance, Flamenco, and Mime.  The last part lasts about 20 minutes and it starts from my poem recital along with eurythmy which expresses the prayer for transforming the energy of anger into light of love.  The music that follows also describes the feeling of prayer for transformation and my dance has the sense of energy flow through Tai-Chi based movements and airy ballet jumps. The entire course of this piece is approximately 50 minutes and there is no intermission.

 9) Intolerance II (running time: 50  minutes)

 Intolerance II is an extended version of “Intolerance.”  It begins with a poem that depicts a symbolic conversation between an old sage and a young man in which the young man’s question about the hopeless reality of the world is emphasized.  I (Tadashi) choreographed a series of movements that attempted to express the sound of this poem.  This prologue is followed by three main parts that are the same as the original intolerance.  The finale is another symbolic poem in which an old sage tells the young man to share the pain with earth.  The poem recital of this part is also accompanied by the visualization of spoken words through movements.  The music is the original composition/improvisation by Stephen Hastings-King who describes his music to be influenced by Stockhausen.   It combines solo piano, various mechanic sounds,  and human voices.

 10) Momentum (running time: 5 minutes 30 seconds)

 This is a choreography that goes along with Jonathan Burbank’s original composed Japanese Taiko drum music.  The drum beats will change their volume frequently and also there are moments of sudden silence.  Therefore, my choreography attempts to express the change in volume and rhythm through the dynamic shifts of height, speed, and forms of movements.  I use a short sword and Jutte (an old short metal weapon used in Japan between 16th and 19th century) for this piece and combine traditional Japanese and Chinese martial arts movements, Persian dance, and ballet.

 11) Flowers (running time: 15 minutes)

 This piece is specifically dedicated for breast cancer awareness.  The prologue and epilogue are poem recital accompanied by movements that attempt to visualize the spoken words.  The poem starts from a young man’s lament over the loss of a loved one and ends with his hope that is symbolized by fragile, and yet, strong flowers.  The middle part (10 minutes) is a dance that depicts the feelings of pain, sorrow, hope, and love.  Dance movement is the mixture of modern dance, Butoh, Mime, middle eastern dance, and Chinese martial arts.  Music is Stephen Hastings King’s solo piano piece.

 12) Prayer of Amazon (running time: 30 minutes)

 This piece is dedicated to Ann Harper’s Peru project (to build a medical clinic in the Amazon region of Peru).  The piece is a combination of poem recital, dance, and Ann’s real-time painting.

 13) Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (running time: 1 hour 15 minutes)

 Dance theater production performed with three other dancers.  It addresses the post-9-11 suffering, anger, and healing through symbolic dance and movement performance that incorporates modern dance, Butoh, middle eastern dance, mime, sword dance, silent movements, and narration.

14) Intolerance 2006 (running time: 7.5 minutes)

 This is a condensed version of Intolerance and I performed it at the Choreography Showcase of the Columbus Dance Theater and at the Dayton Performance Art Festival in 2006.  This version focuses on the theme of “suffering” and the movements are the mixture of Butoh, corporeal mime, and modern dance.

 15) Beyond Chains (running time: 30 minutes)

 This piece addresses the chain as a symbol of the obstacles that restrain human from attaining the true freedom.  Therefore, chain can represent “greed,” “anger,” and “fear.”  However, because of its symbolic nature of this piece, the ultimate interpretation is left for each audience.  The piece starts from Gio’s choreographed movements along with a recital of Gio’s original poem, “Ancient City,” followed by a dance of suffering along with a violin solo.  Following this 7-minute-Butoh-inspired dance, there is a surrealistic dialogue between Gio and a narrator that addresses the “chain.”  As Gio refuses to accept the human destiny, the scene will transform into Gio’s sword dance that uses a Japanese sword.  Following this 6-minute sword dance, there will be another surrealistic dialogue between Gio and a narrator.  As the narrator asks Gio what he ultimately trusts, Gio stands up and talks about the sources of trust that transform the theme from despair to hope.  The last dance of prayer develops from the movement under water into the dance in the air and the entire dance will be accompanied by the melodic minor of a solo violin.

 16)Wheel of Earthly Life (Running Time: 45 minutes)

 In this piece, Gio performs a solo dance theater in which he symbolically depicts a course of human life, starting from birth till the end of life through dance and movements.  The piece is divided into six segments (Birth, Childhood, Adolescence, Young Adulthood, Middle Adulthood, and Old Age). The movement vocabulary includes Japanese Butoh, American modern dance, and Mime.  There is a set of water color paintings that was authored by Gio and also there are six segments of poem written by Gio, both of which accompany the dance performance.

 17) Beyond Intolerance (Running Time: 15 minutes)

 The first 7.5 minutes is characterized by the experimentation with isolation in movements as I respond to the combination of atonal piano music & voices.  Second 7.5 minutes is characterized by the experimentation of inner-connectivity, Limon-style modern dance, and butoh as accompanied by Rachmaninov’s “Vocalise.”  The theme of the first half is the expression of the sufferings in the world and the theme of the second half is the prayer for transformation.  This is a solo piece Gio had created for the performance at Judson Church Performance Series sponsored by Movement Research in January 2010.

 18) Yumigahama (Running Time: 5minutes and 45 seconds)

 A martial-arts-dance-piece Gio created for the performance for Pittsburgh Asian American community. Tadashi dances along with Japanese Taiko drum music titled, “Yumigahama.”  The props will shift from 6-feet-staff, one sword, two swords, a rope, and back to two swords to conclude the piece.  This piece emphasizes elegance and grace in the movements.

 19) Lion (Running Time: 4 minutes)

 A martial-arts-dance-piece Gio initially created for the Yellow Springs Street Fair.  Tadashi dances along with Japanese Taiko drum music titled, “Lion.”  The props will shift from 6-feet-staff, short sword, long sword, two swords, and back to the staff.  This piece emphasizes the strength and power.

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