Collaborating with multimedia artist Mariángeles Soto-Díaz to bring movement provocations to life.
Gentle Prowess Deliberations is an installation created by multimedia artist Mariángeles Soto-Díaz to explore the judo concept of ju, or gentle, to address larger philosophical and socio-cultural ideas. The kinetic presence of the judo practitioners and dance performers are framed within Soto-Díaz’s evocative installation. Charlotte Griffin served as a collaborator in this work, bringing to life Soto-Díaz's movement provocations and improvising with visual artist Christina Segovia in the November and December 2022 performances at the Grand Central Arts Center in Santa Ana, California.
Performers: Sensei Bunasawa, 9th degree black and red belt, youngest 9th dan grand master in CA (Bunasawakai Dojo) Sensei Goya, 3rd degree black belt (Kodokan Judo) Lee Pasteris, 2nd degree black belt, (Sawtelle Dojo), US National champion, Ju-no-kata Frederick Dagdagan, 3rd degree black belt, (Sawtelle Dojo), US National champion, Ju-no-kata Mariángeles Soto-Díaz, brown belt (Bunasawakai Dojo) Charlotte Griffin, dancer/choreographer Christina Segovia, art performer Michael Dessen, sound
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