Works

Group Works

Dream Island

"Dream Island" photoPart carnival, part laboratory, part archeological trip, “Dream Island” is inspired by a Japanese theme park built on a buried landfill called Yumenoshima. This piece digs, examines, and reveals ancient layers of debris by combining movement, text, music, and installation into humorous and dark absurdity. The audience is asked to bare witness as five characters attempt to search, reconstruct, and uncover memories and histories, both tangible and fleeting, personal and collective. See reviews.

Premiered in:
2015 (Baltimore Theatre Project, Baltimore MD)
Length:
80 minutes
Direction/Choreography/Scenography:
Naoko Maeshiba
Lighting design:
Rebecca Wolf
Sound design:
Khristian Weeks
Created and performed by:
Emily Hall, Sarah Lloyd, Naoko Maeshiba, Donald Roderick, Danni Tsuboi, Khristian Weeks
Photography:
Zachary Z. Handler, Joseph Castor

Paraffin

"Paraffin" photoInspired by Kobo Abe's The Woman in the Dunes, the piece follows the evolution of two characters: an insect collector who disappeared from society and an uncivilized creature just born on a deserted alley. Caught between the societal forces and the desire for illusions, their journeys mesh with multiple relationships of love, temptation, and struggle to rediscover the forgotten humanity. In the sensual and fiery landscape, body reveals ‘unspeakables’ and ‘invisibles,’ shedding light on the deep and dark places of our souls.

Paraffin is a synthesis of movements, sound, projection, and objects, bringing spare elegance and rich texture on stage.

A Winner of Best Dance Performance in Best of Baltimore 2009.

Premiered in:
2010 (Baltimore Theatre Project, Baltimore MD)
Tour:
Questfest, Washington DC (2010), Dance Place, Washington DC (2010)
Length:
75 minutes
Choreography/Direction/Scenography:
Naoko Maeshiba
Costume:
Kathy Abbott
Lighting:
Kel Millionie, Rebecca Wolf
Performance (core):
Skyler Brungardt, Ben Buhrman, Elizabeth Cassedy, Todd Herman, and Naoko Maeshiba
Photography:
Joe Castor, Kel Millionie

Absence

"Absence" photoThe piece explores a sense of loss through the visual/physical motifs of presence and absence. On the opaque white palette, the fluctuating state of absence gradually gets revealed in the color of yellow, red, and sky blue.

Premiered in:
2007 (M25, Warsaw, Poland)
Length:
55 minutes
Choreography/Direction/Scenography/Costume:
Naoko Maeshiba
Performance:
Naoko Maeshiba, Tatsuya Aoyagi
Music:
Kinior & Makaruk
Photography:
Ania Ostalska, Lukasz Ogorek

Remains of Shadow

"Remains of Shadow" photoBased on the story of the friendship doll exchange between Japan and America during WWI, Remains of Shadow illuminates the conflicts and the connection between the past and the present.

Part I (Blue-Eyed Doll) has at its center the journey of a blue-eyed doll, following her relationship with two characters, 'Man' and 'Woman.' Part II (Shiju-Kunichi/Forty Nine Days) further examines the 'shadow' through the dream of a Japanese doll during the forty-nine days after death. Remains of Shadow takes the audience through the vivid landscape created with text, movement, objects, voice, music, and video projection. See press reviews.

Premiered in:
2005 (Ko Festival of Performance, Amherst, MA)
Tour:
Questfest (2006), Capital Fringe Festval (2006), Theatre of Yugen (2007)
Length:
1 hour 20 minutes. (Part I—1 hour. Part II—20 minutes.)
Direction/Choreography/Scenography/Sound Design:
Naoko Maeshiba
Video Design:
Chas Marsh
Lighting Design:
Sabrina Hamilton (original)
Performance:
Tatsuya Aoyagi, Naoko Maeshiba
Photography:
Adam Golfer, Ben Coolik

Trace

"Trace" photoThis multi-disciplinary work examines the state of displacement through the 'traces' within one's body and mind as well as in a society.

Six individual segments treat various states of collision such as the collision between nature and technology, the disposable culture and the longing for the spirituality, tradition and freedom.

Commissioned by:
The Kennedy Center Local Dance Commissioning Project
Premiered in:
2004 (The Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage)
Length:
60 minutes
Direction/Choreography:
Naoko Maeshiba
Set Design/Sound Design:
Naoko Maeshiba
Costume Design:
Jenifer Alonzo
Lighting Design:
Cathy Eliot
Video Design:
Chas Marsh
Animation Design:
Jackie Milad, Dan Breen
Performance:
Tatsuya Aoyagi, Ben King, Jennifer Young, Naoko Maeshiba
Cello/Voice:
Audrey Chen
Photography:
Mark Fink

The Voyage

"The Voyage" photoThe piece consists of five stories about the voyage captured at the points of departures and arrivals. Intricate human relationships, our conflicted existence. The journey between life and death is vividly depicted through layers of images in the evocative visual poetry. See press reviews.

Premiered in:
2004 (Baltimore Theatre Project)
Length:
55 minutes
Direction/Choreography:
Naoko Maeshiba
Scenography:
Seth Foster
Costume Design:
Meredith Wallace
Lighting Design:
Mark Fink
Music Composition:
Jason Sloan
Sound Design:
Gabriel Walker
Performance:
Tatsuya Aoyagi, Dan Awkward, Seth Foster, Grace Herman, Mare Hieronimus, Anthony Hyatt, Naoko Maeshiba, Jennifer Young
Photography:
Jay Herzog

Streamscape: Gyroscope Project

"Streamscape" photoStreamscape is a site-specific work that was created for the special exhibit at the Hirshhorn Mueseum called Gyroscope Project. The piece focused on the relationship between body and space. Each performance was constructed based on the performers' exploration of this relationship.

In this project, performance inside of the museum and outside happened simultaneously, sweeping the whole museum.

Created in:
2003 (Hirshorn Museum of Smithsonian Institution, DC)
Length:
60 minutes
Direction/Costume Design:
Naoko Maeshiba
Sound Design:
Lukas Zarwell
Performance:
Tatsuya Aoyagi, Dan Awkward, Seth Foster, Grace Herman, Anthony Hyatt, Naoko Maeshiba, Mike Wong, Meredith Wallace, Jennifer Young
Photography:
Ben Tankerskey, David Israel

Communitas

"Communitas" photoInspired by Victor Turner's concept of 'Communitas', the piece taps into the uncertainty of our beings through the issues that vex today's world, such as unbalanced resources, youth violence, and aging.

In the landscape of destruction, people wander about searching for a connection: with people, places, and the past. Through images of death and birth in nature, the piece illuminates the human figures which long for love, hope, and beauty, asking the ultimate question: "where are we going?"

Funded by the D.C. Commissions on Arts and Humanities.

Premiered in:
2002 (The Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, DC)
Tour:
Hirshhorn Museum at Smithsonian Institution (2002), Baltimore Theatre Project (2003)
Length:
55 minutes
Direction/Choreography:
Naoko Maeshiba
Costume Design:
Azurah Hassan
Lighting Design:
Scott Rothenseld
Sound Design:
Lukas Zarwell
Song Composition:
Sarah Sathya
Performance:
Tatsuya Aoyagi, Dan Awkward, Seth Foster, Denise Jacobsberg, Anthony Hyatt, Cynthia B. Lin, Naoko Maeshiba, Lindsay Sworski, Genevieve Villamora, Mike Wong, Meredith Wallace, Jennifer Young
Photography:
Naoto Yagi