Eiko Otake A Body in Places

Eiko Otake A Body in Places | Pittsfield & Jacob’s Pillow Dance

A Body in Places is a solo project by Japanese-born artist Eiko Otake inspired by the stillness, shape, light, and sound of diverse spaces, resulting in unique and riveting movement theater.

Eiko began this project by traveling to the site of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, where she danced in desolate spaces with photographer William Johnston as the sole witness. Johnston’s images are captured in the the photo exhibition A Body in Fukushima.

Central to the project is a drive to explore non-traditional venues and respond to the innate characteristics of each specific place.


July 1-31 | Photography Exhibits
See William Johnston’s images of Eiko Otake:

A Body in Valparaiso, Chile | The Brothership Building Window & Paul Graubard Studio Storefront at 141 North Street
A Body in Fukushima | Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield’s Public Library, One Wendell Avenue

Pillow Pop-Up Performances

July 17 at 4:30pm | A Body in a Library
Acclaimed dance performance artist Eiko Otake will perform A Body in a Library, a site-specific solo performance in the Berkshire Athenaeum, followed by a presentation of her work A Body in Fukushima. Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield’s Public Library, One Wendell Avenue | FREE and open to the public. RSVP here.

July 20 | Eiko Otake: A Body in Pittsfield at Third Thursday
The newest installment of Eiko’s A Body in Places series, which includes performances in train stations, warehouses, and libraries, as well as the irradiated Fukushima, Japan. Praised for her “unassailable intensity,” Eiko is able to “radiate both frailty and abandon” in her performances (The New York Times). North Street, Pittsfield | FREE

Jacob’s Pillow Dance, Becket

July 5-30 | Photography Exhibit
See William Johnston’s images of Eiko Otake in A Body in Fukushima. Doris Duke Theatre porch | FREE

July 18 at 6pm & July 23 at 4pm | Delicious Movement Workshops
Festival artist Eiko Otake hosts movement workshops for all people who love to move or want to move with delicious feelings. Open to all experience levels ages 16+. Pre-register here or call 413.243.9919 x165 | $15/class

July 21 at 5pm | PillowTalk: A Body in Places
Japanese performance artist Eiko has been pursuing this ambitious solo project throughout the world since 2014, sharing her experiences here with photographer William Johnston. Blake’s Barn | FREE