Asuka Goto

On November 20th 2010 Asuka Goto performed A Malleable Space at SOHO20 Chelsea Gallery, with w/choreographer and performer Joanna Kotze and Francis A. Stansky.























In short, spaces have multiplied, been broken up and have diversified.  There are spaces today of every kind and every size, for every use and every function.  To live is to pass from one space to another, while doing your very best not to bump yourself.”

-Georges Perec, Species of Spaces

Granted there is a wall, what’s going on behind it?”

-Jean Tardieu


In A Malleable Space, artist Asuka Goto invites dancer/choreographer Joanna Kotze to reshape their immediate physical surroundings.  Using performance, movable objects and the gallery’s existing architectural framework, this performance explores the relationships between the human body and the constructed environment, between exposure and concealment, between movement and space.

Asuka Goto received an MFA in Sculpture from Tyler School of Art and a BA and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Studio Art from Brandeis University.  She is the recipient of several awards including the Joan Mitchell MFA Grant and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Individual Creative Artist Fellowship.  In 2008, she attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and in 2009, the Vermont Studio Center.  Asuka was an Artist-In-Residence with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Program this year and was recently selected to participate in the 2010 HomeBase V Project in Berlin and a 2011 Sculpture Space residency in Utica, NY.

Photo: Justine Reyes





Joanna Kotze began creating her own work in 2004. In New York, she has shown work at Dance New Amsterdam, Movement Research at the Judson church, the 92nd Street Y, and WAXworks.  She has also choreographed several works for Miami University’s Dance Theatre.  She is a 2010 recipient of a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant and was recently selected for a 2011 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space residency. This past summer, Joanna was a 2010 Choreographers’ Project Fellow at Summer Stages in Concord, MA. This fellowship culminated in presenting a new piece at the Boston Institute for Contemporary Art. Joanna has danced with Wally Cardona since 2000 performing throughout NYC (including the BAM’s Next Wave Festival) the United States, Canada, Europe and Mexico. She also currently dances for Kimberly Bartosik/daela, Netta Yerushalmy and Daniel Charon. Since moving to NYC in 1998 she has also danced for the Metropolitan Opera including their works by Doug Varone, Nina Winthrop (including a solo role in an opera performed at the National Theater in Belgrade and at BAM’s Next Wave Festival), Mimi Garrard Dance Theater, and Company Appels. She is on faculty at Movement Research this fall and has studied Klein technique with Barbara Mahler since 2003. Joanna is originally from South Africa, has a BA in Architecture from Miami University (’98) and is a freelance architectural model builder.       Photo: Ian Douglas

Francis A. Stansky, originally from Worcester MA, is a graduate of Connecticut College, currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. Since moving to New York in 2003 he has been fortunate to work with many great artists and study under the direction of Barbara Mahler. He has performed and created with Jeremy Nelson, Luis Lara Malvacias, David Dorfman, and Wally Cardona. He has toured and taught throughout both the U.S. and abroad. This is his third project with Joanna Kotze.





Photos: Adam Golfer




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