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"Chart of Landing" Dance Series by Oguri to Be Performed at Pomona College on September 4

An image "Height of Sky" (2006), a performance by Oguri

An image "Height of Sky" (2006), a performance by Oguri

Pomona College is presenting Chart of Landing, a site-specific dance series by dancer/choreographer Oguri, directly after Convocation on Tuesday, September 4, 12-1 p.m., in and around Marston Quad and Smith Campus Center. The performance is free to the public.

Chart of Landing was begun by the dancer/choreographer Oguri in 2011. It consists of site-specific-unspecific solos, duos, and ensemble dances in collaboration with musicians on commercial streets, in public parking lots, private sites, in front of train stations, and other locations.

As part of the Mellon Elemental Arts Initiative at Pomona College, which celebrates the element “earth” this year, the goal of this manifestation of Chart of Landing is to explore the relationship between body and environment and to break the habitual boundaries we feel between our bodies and our surroundings. Chart of Landing at Pomona College will be performed by students, staff, and faculty directly following the Convocation ceremony in Little Bridges. Music faculty, including College Organist William Peterson, will play compositions by Paul Chavez to accompany the dance.

In order to exploit the beauty of the architecture at the college, musicians and dancers will be located in and between three locations, and the music played in each location will be mixed and streamed into Marston Quadrangle. This mix of music will also be simultaneously broadcast on the college radio station KSPC 88.7 FM (www.kspc.org). The compositions have also been loosely inspired by the watercolor Zen Ox-Herding Pictures of John Cage that are being displayed at the Pomona College Museum of Art beginning also on September 4.

Oguri is a native of Japan who studied radical visual arts prior to his career as a dancer. A former member of Min Tanaka's company Mai-Juku, he started Body Weather Laboratory with Roxanne Steinberg in 1999 in Venice, California.

Paul Chavez' music explores a variety of terrains. Influenced by his engineering, sculpture, design and architecture training, he produces soundscapes from found objects, environmental sounds, recordings and computer electronics. 

This project is made possible by the Mellon Elemental Arts Initiative, The Pomona College 125th Anniversary Committee, and the Pomona College Departments of Music and Theatre & Dance. For more information or media inquiries, contact Joyce Lu at (909) 607-4385.

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