RGS LAB Work #1
July 23rd & 24th, 2021. 8pm (NYC)
HYBRID ONLINE PERFORMANCE / Virtual Theater (Zoom
ABOUT THE SHOW:
We love. We lose. We hate. We betray. We regret. We hope. We grow. And we live. What is our reason? What is our purpose? What is our Ikigai?
This online hybrid performance explores the journey to discover Ikigai, the Japanese concept of finding a “reason for being.” Our Ikigai is hidden deep inside each of us, and the road to its discovery require will and patience.
The past year and a half has been time for reflection— we have been forced to reevaluate our purpose in life after going through loss, anger, anxiety, depression, among all the turbulence of emotions. We have been on our search
for our Ikigai. Why do we live? How do we live? What is our purpose to live?
We are almost at the end of this dark tunnel and slowly returning to normal life. Now, what do we live for? What is our Ikigai?
Performers: Annie McCoy, Zak Ma
Director: Saki Kawamura
Graphics and Film: Saki Kawamura
Artistic Director: Yoshiko Sienkiewicz (AKA Yokko)
July 23rd 2021 @8pm
July 24th 2021 @9pm
*please register to get your ticket before the show.
(Free, $5, $10)
Annie McCoy is an Actor, Physical Theatre performer and Butoh Dancer originally from Orlando. She is a Principal performer with the Butoh company Ren Gyo Soh and has been seen in their productions of Shinka (Winner of IT awards), En, and En: 2021. As well as productions with The UME Group and Piper theatre.
Zak Ma is a New York based Vietnamese American actor and physical theatre artist. He has collaborated in original experimental works such as The Park, Forces, and SHINKA, where he first dove into butoh with Ren Gyo Soh. Recently, Zak made his debut performance as a Ren Gyo Soh company member in EN:2021, and is thrilled to explore Ma On The Edge. Zak believes in the healing power of art and aims to explore the human psyche and spirituality in his artistic endeavors.
Saki Kawamura (Director, Graphic Designer, Filmmaker) is a NY-based Japanese director and interdisciplinary artist, her passion for theatre led her to move to NYC in 2019 to study. She currently pursues her MFA in Directing at the Actors Studio Drama School. She is so blessed to have the opportunity to work with the great artists and establish her work as Ren Gyo Soh. She puts great value on the process of collaboration, and loves to hear the stories of her collaborators and put them into her work. She believes that this emphasis on collaboration is what makes her work unique and singular.
MARLFAUX (MUSIC) has been actively creating audio and visual art since 2018. You can find their music on all major streaming services. Visit www.marlfaux.com to find out more, connect, and collaborate.
Veronica Ostroski (Stage Manager) is a director and creative currently pursuing her Masters in Directing at the Actors Studio in New York. She has spent time in Los Angeles working with Pacific Resident Theatre developing new works. She has a passion for sharing stories in a new light, especially adaptations of classics.
Yoshiko Sienkiewicz (The Artistic Director) has been leading an award winning Butoh Theatre Group, Ren Gyo Soh since 2014. She is an award-winning Japanese artist, whose work has been presented across the USA and Europe. She has acted in, devised, and choreographed a variety of local and international shows and films. Most recently, her Butoh work has been seen in several music videos, including I Don’t Know Where We Went Wrong (HOKO, 2020) and Ready To Let Go (Cage The Elephant, 2019). She is the artistic director of the Butoh Theatre Group, Ren Gyo Soh.