Warholian is proud to present Japanese calligraphy artist Aoi Yamaguchi, alongside composer Sebastian Plano and contemporary dancers Celine Alwyn and Emmaly Wiederholt, in her performance of “Unibirth” at ArtPadSF.  The performance starts at 7:30 pm on Saturday May 19th, 2012 and will run approximately 20 minutes.  ArtPadSF takes place at the historic Phoenix Hotel located at 601 Eddy Street in San Francisco.

Tickets to the ArtPadSF fair are $20 at the door, and $15 online at http://www.ArtPadSF.com/

The performance will take place at the end of the fair day at 7:30 sharp (20 minute performance), with doors on the fair closing at 8pm.  The fair is open all day from 12:00PM – 8:00PM and features a great lineup of galleries and other events.

Unibirth is a live performance art project which is conceptualized, directed and performed by Aoi Yamaguchi, in collaboration with Argentinian contemporary composer Sebastian Plano, contemporary dancer Celines Alwyn and Emmaly Wiederholt. Inspired by unifying concepts of “universe” and “birth”, Unibirth celebrates the reincarnation of lives that exist in nature and signifies the infinite cycle of the universe, incorporating the physical movement of calligraphy, contemporary dance, sounds and visuals. The dancer represents the spirit of humanity – the music, representing the earth’s ensemble, and the poetry, written on the bodies and garments by the artist, awaken the spirit from long hibernation. Blessed in the brush strokes and divine sounds, the newborn spirit will be sublimed into the nature’s resonance.

Warholian is a press-based arts publication situated in San Francsico, California. Warholian focuses on both emerging artists, and the communities that emerge around their particular aesthetics. The website is headed by Editor in Chief/Head Photographer Michael Cuffe and has become known as one of one of the formost names covering the world of contemporary art and culture. Warholian presents an unprecedented view of the current art scene, it’s patrons, and the inspiring figures within it.

ARTISTS:

Aoi Yamaguchi (fine artist/performance artist)

Born and raised in Hokkaido, Japan in 1984, Aoi Yamaguchi has been trained to master the basics of calligraphy by learning under the Master Zuiho Sato since the age of 6, while refining her knowledge and skills. She is a recipient of numerous awards including the First Place prize from the Minister of Education at 44th Asahi Calligraphy Nationwide School Exhibit, Superior First Place at 33rd National Students Calligraphy Exhibition and others that are known as the supreme prizes at competitive public exhibitions. As a noteworthy event, she was nominated to participate in the group, 4th Hokkaido Elementary and Junior High Students Visit to China in 2000, representing the country of Japan and participated in calligraphy exchange sessions at Palace of Pupils of China. Her works show her exploration in juxtaposing the traditional Eastern classics and her contemporary artistic expressions, as well as her unique ambition of transforming two-dimensional art of Japanese Calligraphy into the art of physical expression through performances. In 2008, she initiated a Japanese art crew as known as Surreality in Reality (SIR) based in San Francisco Bay Area, aiming to provide opportunities for local Japanese artists to share their artistic creations internationally. Currently living in Oakland, she has been working on her unique calligraphy installation, exhibition, live performances, custom logo designs and art works globally, as she pursues her career to preserve traditional arts with music in the modern world.

Sebastian Plano (Cellist / Contemporary Composer)
Born in Argentina of a musical family, Sebastian Plano is a classically trained contemporary composer and multi-instrumentalist. He started cello lessons at age 7 and left home at 17 to study abroad, eventually landing in San Francisco. Extensive travel from an early age instilled in him a deep appreciation for living with and learning from people of different cultures around the world. Despite his strong classical background, Sebastian’s music derives from a mixture of forms and genres, carefully combining diverse stylistic elements into thoughtful arrangements that bear the stamp of a single, unifying vision.

Celine Alwyn (Contemporary Dancer)
A native of San Francisco, Céline Alwyn has been performing, teaching, and creating both nationally and internationally professionally for the last 9 years. While in New York, she trained at the Ailey School, received her Pilates certification from the Kane School, and performed on Broadway in Bombay Dreams as an original cast member. In the United Kingdom, she completed an MA in Contemporary Dance at the London Contemporary Dance School, danced in works by Stephen Petronio, Garry Stewart, David Massingham, and Rui Horta, and toured with Bare Bones, a Birmingham-based dance company. Before returning to San Francisco, she toured internationally with Cirque Du Soleil’s Dralion, playing the character role of ‘Oceane’. Most recently, Céline has enjoyed working with local choreographers Katie Faulkner/Little Seismic Dance Company, Rachael Lincoln, & Amelia Rudolph. Together with the company of ‘Incognita: Revisited’, she won an ‘Izzie’ in 2012 for ‘Outstanding Achievement in Company Performance’. Céline is a dedicated dance educator and choreographer and is currently teaching creative movement, improvisation, and contemporary dance to students of all ages in schools and studios all over the Bay Area.

Emmaly Wiederholt (Contemporary Dancer)
Emmaly Wiederholt is originally from Albuquerque, NM and graduated from the University of Utah with a BFA in ballet and a BS in political science. She is an alumna of the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and currently dances with Malinda LaVelle’s Project Thrust. She has previously danced with Vabang Dance Company, AXIS Dance Company in David Dorfman’s choreography, Christine Cali, Alyce Finwall Dance Theater, and Katie Faulkner’s Little Seismic Dance Company.  Emmaly also writes about dance, and contributes to the SF Examiner, the SF Bay Guardian, and In Dance. Emmaly is the founder, author, and editor of stanceondance.com.

UNiBIRTH Mission Statement:
Calligraphy is the Pure Plastic Art (the art of pure creation), using letters as its material. From the ancient times in Oriental countries, expressions of strokes by calligraphy brushes and the expressions of the negative spaces have united with the nation’s spirituality. As it has been described as “paintings are analogous to calligraphy,” or “calligraphy is the reflection of the internal psychology,” calligraphy is defined as the supreme form of the individual emotional expression. Thus, the practice of Japanese calligraphy begins from meditation to purify your mind and soul; one seeks to execute refined brush strokes in a perfect balance through the internal journey to find true self. It requires perseverance and concentration for long-term training to master the skill.
Calligraphy is a unique art-form in that seeks to deconstruct, rearrange, and recreate existing linguistic conventions into a form of expression that not only functions as a signifier of an idea, but also exists as expressive element within itself. Typically when one thinks of famous calligraphic works, images of immaculate bold ink on pristine white paper come to mind. However, few realize that calligraphy is a performative work that evolves from an idea to fully formed, fully composed lexical elements. Therefore, I believe that performance calligraphy provides viewers with the unique opportunity to experience calligraphy in its entirety by immersing them in the creative process that is usually hidden from public view. Just as one could not fully appreciate an aria without hearing it from beginning to end, one could not fully comprehend the expressive meaning of a calligraphic work without witnessing its creation. I aim to seek new possibilities of Japanese calligraphy by transferring two-dimensional art of Japanese calligraphy into the art of physical expression through the performance.
Unibirth is a live performance art project which is conceptualized, directed and performed by Aoi Yamaguchi, in collaboration with Argentinian contemporary composer Sebastian Plano. Inspired by unifying concepts of “universe” and “birth,” Unibirth celebrates the reincarnation of lives that exist in nature and signifies the infinite cycle of the universe, incorporating the physical movement of calligraphy, contemporary dance, sounds and visuals. The dancer represents the spirit of humanity – the music, representing the earth’s ensemble, and the poetry, written on the bodies and garments by the artist, awaken the spirit from long hibernation. Blessed in the brush strokes and divine sounds, the newborn spirit will be sublimed into the nature’s resonance. 

For more information or directions, visit ArtPadSF online at:  http://www.ArtPadSF.com

For more information on Aoi Yamaguchi visit:  www.aoiyamaguchi.com/

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