May 17 & 18, 5:30pm

Photo credit: Michael Hart


Presented in collaboration with Asia Society Texas Center, On Vanishing, a new site-specific choreographic work by Jonah Bokaer. Originally created for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in response to the exhibition Lee Ufan: Marking Infinity, On Vanishing will be recreated for the Texas Center in response to Relatum — signal, a commissioned sculpture by Lee Ufan.

On Vanishing unfolds as an uninterrupted 40-minute work and presents an accumulation of changes in the bodies of five performers of diverse backgrounds. Through movement and gesture, dimensions of space grow and expand over time, while other dimensions shrink.  In his first-ever choreographic dialogue with sculpture, Bokaer poses the question, “How does the body erase itself, to prefer matter against presence?” Loren Kiyoshi Dempster contributes music with a rare live performance of John Cage’s One (1991) for solo cello.

This presentation is part of Bokaer’s residency at the Mitchell Center and is sponsored by Houston Arts Alliance.

Jonah Bokaer is an internationally acclaimed choreographer and media artist. He is dedicated to expanding live performance through choreography, digital media, cross-disciplinary collaborations, and social enterprise, in the United States and internationally. Recruited for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company at the unprecedented age of 18, Bokaer now takes a rare, multi-disciplinary approach to choreography, addressing the human body in relation to contemporary technologies.

LOCATION: Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Blvd
ADMISSION: Texas Center members $10; seniors/students with ID $15; nonmembers $20; buy tickets here

Recent coverage of On Vanishing
Dancing outside of the jewel box, Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle
Disappearing Acts, Nancy Wozny, Arts+ Culture Magazine Houston
The Front Row, Houston Public Media