NYC, New York
— Baryshnikov Arts CenterNYC
DEC 6 / FRI at 7PM + 9PM
Rudolf Nureyev Studio
Inspired by the moving meditation of East Asian calligraphy painting, composer/musician Phyllis Chen investigates the movements made by performance calligraphists: choreographed, efficient, and unfalteringly committed. This work-in-progress examines the intersection between traditional Shodo calligraphy performance and live music and is created in collaboration with shodo artist Masako Inkyo and choreographer/dancer Jodi Melnick
NEW LONDON, CT
— Connecticut College
I performed calligraphy based on Heike Monogatari (The Tale of Heike), an epic account of the struggle between the Taira and Minamoto clans for control of Japan at the end of the 12th century in the Genpei War (1180-1185). The central theme of the story is the Buddhist law of impermanence (Mujo).The calligraphy was performed on the floor on a 10 foot long sheet of Washi paper.
The workshops introduce the four basic styles Japanese calligraphy (Shodo): Kaisho (standard), Gyousho (running script), Sousho (cursive script) and Gendaisho (modern style). Students try their hand at writing several characters in the Kaisho style.
Japanese Calligraphy workshop by Masako Inkyo at Connecticut College
NEW YORK, NY
— ON LOVE — The Art of Lines, Shapes & Symbols
Until Sunday 4/29
Friday 4/20, 12:30PM: Calligraphy Performance with artist Masako Inkyo
For this calligraphy performance she painted a very large artwork on the floor in a vertical direction, with the characters reading from the top to the bottom of the paper.
In keeping with the theme “On Love” I have chosen eight related words.
I had a calligraphy performance at the UN in a collaborative event with Sahoko Sato Timpone ( Mezzo-Soprano ) on Friday, June 16, at 1-3pm. This was the third event of “Peace is … ” and I selected the words “Peace is Unity “.
Part I: Waves (Blue Ink) Kana style
– Classical Japanese poem evoking images of ocean waves
Part II: Flow (Black Ink) Contemporary style
– Various kanji representing different aspects of the sea: 波 ( Wave ), 流動 ( Flow ), 風 ( Wind ),光 ( Light ), 影 ( Shadow ), 希望( Hope ),源( Origin )
Part III: Light and Wind (Gold Ink) Manyogana
– from the classical Japanese anthology of One Hundred Poems, which expresses love with metaphors relating to nature.
Wave [Blue Ink] Kana Style
Flow [Black Ink] Contemporary Style
Light and Wind [Gold Ink] Manyogana
After the performance, guests wrote their messages of peace in their respective mother languages on Japanese “washi” paper and on stones/seashells which will be thrown onto the “paper ocean”.
I felt peace when I taught my first calligraphy class. There my student brought his grandmother, as the lesson was for her birthday. Since English was not a native language for either of us, our way of communicating was through calligraphy. She wanted to write ” love” for her grandson as a sign of appreciation. So I took her hand and guided her through the movements.
This is how I teach with unity and why it means peace to me.
I will be performing at the United Nations on Friday, June 16, 2017, 2-3pm at the UN Visitor’s Lobby. This will be a collaborative performance with Sahoko Sato Timpone (Mezzo-soprano). The overarching theme of this series of events is Peace. This month’s theme, within that, is “Sea and Wind”. I hope that you will be able to enjoy the opportunity to participate in this event by writing what peace means to you on a shell or a pebble, and placing it on the washi paper that I will be writing on for the performance.
— Over 1,000 years ago at Mount Koya, Japan, a monk named Kobo Daishi discovered the healing powers of the legendary Enmei herbs that have the effect of rejuvenating the skin. I performed a large floor piece of calligraphy inspired by Mount Koya and created 6 canvas arts: “Harmony”, “Zen”, “Flow”, “Cherry Blossom”, “Harmony, Respect, Purity, Tranquility”, and “Moon” to be put on display and another 150 pieces to serve as giveaways for the guests.