Takahiro Yamamoto

Direct Path to Detour
Jun 4 - 7, 2020

POSTPONED Merrill Theater

Due to the recent COVID-19 health crisis we are suspending ticket sales for Direct Path to Detour. We hope to be able to provide you with more information about programmatic rescheduling very soon. Thank you for your patience as we navigate this challenging time. In the meantime if you have any questions or concerns please contact Director of External Relations, Samie Detzer, at samie@ontheboards.org.

Thu, June 4, 8PM
Fri, June 5, 8PM
Sat, June 6, 8PM
Sun, June 7, 5PM

Direct Path to Detour is a dance exploration instigated by Portland-based choreographer Takahiro Yamamoto. Grounded in the idea that a sense of who we are is rooted in our embodied experiences, this dance evokes mental and physical states at the intersection of value systems, social pressures, expectations, and personal experiences of four dancers, all of whom have an intimate relationship with bridging multiple societies by birth, residence, upbringing and/or religion. Direct Path to Detour envelops the performers in a poetic, visceral experience of resistance, surrender, sincerity, and fiction.

How does it affect each individual body when cultural expectations and conflicts cannot be resolved? How does one negotiate between outer biases and one’s personal experiences? What does compromise look and feel like? 

Direct Path to Detour is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program. Direct Path to Detour is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by PICA in partnership with CAC Cincinnati, DiverseWorks, and NPN. For more information, visit npnweb.org.


About the Artist 

Takahiro Yamamoto is an artist and choreographer based in Portland, Oregon. His approach to choreography is interpersonal and observational. Starting his conceptual investigations with questions – currently about the ontology of performance, the mutability of identity, and the social implications of the gaze – he often invites collaborators to bring their own perspectives into the creation. His performance and visual art works have been presented at PICA, Portland; Diverseworks, Houston; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle and GoDown Arts Centre, Nairobi, among other venues. He co-directs the performance company madhause with Ben Evans, and is part of the Portland-based support group Physical Education with Allie Hankins, keyon gaskin, and Lu Yim. Yamamoto holds an MFA in Visual Studies from PNCA. Currently, he is a Full-Time Visiting Artist at Performance Department at the School of Art Institute of Chicago. His newest project Opacity of Performance will premiere at Portland Art Museum in the Fall 2020. 

Additional Collaborators 

Choreographed by Takahiro Yamamoto. Performed by Julian Barnett, sidony o’neal, Crystal Sasaki and Takahiro Yamamoto. Music composed by Jesse Mejía, and performed by Christi Denton. Dramaturgy by Lu Yim. Costume design by Heather Treadway. Lighting design by Jeff Forbes.

Photo courtesy of Lynn Lane