We Players joins inkBoat for 95 Rituals

Dancers’ Group’s ONSITE Series Presents


directed by Shinichi Iova-Koga

Dedicated to Anna Halprin for her 95th birthday

“Anna is the stone, the rock.
This rock drops into the pool and we’re all the little ripples
that move out from the impact of the rock on the surface of the water.”
-Shinichi Iova-Koga


95 Rituals

95 Rituals

Tue-Sat, July 7-11, 2015, 5-8pm*

Hyde Street Pier @ Fisherman’s Wharf,
2905 Hyde Street, San Francisco

*No two showings will be the same; audiences have the option to come and go throughout or stay for the entire event.
All performances are FREE

95 Rituals is a series of free performances by inkBoat, a site-specific performance work honoring visionary dance pioneer Anna Halprin, who celebrates her 95th birthday on July 13, 2015.

At select locations, inkBoat will be joined by invited guests, including Kronos Quartet, ROVA Saxophone Quartet, Oguri, Roxanne Steinberg.
We Players will be a part of July 10th’s performance!

95 Rituals is a project of Dancers’ Group’s ONSITE program, which commissions artists to create large-scale, site-specific dance performances, presented free-of-charge to the public in highly visible locations throughout San Francisco. Learn more about Dancers’ Group and its ONSITE program here.


Pictured: Joshua Kohl, Yuko Kaseki, Shinichi Iova-Koga, Crow Nishimura, Dana Iova-Koga, Heekyung Cho, Suki O’Kane. Photo by Pak Han

A series of free, public events lead up to 95 Rituals’ Hyde Street Pier presentation.

As part of the creation process, a number of preparatory rituals will be shared as public experiments by members of inkBoat and invited guest artists. These events include:

Sunday, May 31, 11:30am
Ritual 8-27: market, a site-specific exploration at the Fort Mason Center Farmers’ Market and Firehouse (co-presented by the San Francisco International Arts Festival).

Sunday, June 21, 5pm
At Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum, musical guest performers Kronos Quartet join inkBoat artists for Ritual 50-70: conjunction, presented in association with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

Sunday, June 27, 2:30pm
Ritual 71: transient is a performance in and around designer David Szlasa’s mobile art space at Studio 1 at Market and 10th Streets.


Vessels for Improvisation aboard the ferryboat Eureka

When I was approached about programming concerts at SF Maritime as part of We Players’ cooperative agreement with the park, it didn’t take long to figure out what I wanted to do. 

One approach was to explore themes of the sea in latin american music, which we’ve been doing in our Canciones del Mar concerts.

The other approach that came to me was at the other end of the musical spectrum, so to speak. A more ‘pure’ exploration of sound in space, the basic idea was to let improvisers loose in the park to react and respond to the sounds of the pier. The bigger idea is that working with other artists in the familiar site of SF Maritime will help We Players company staff see the Park in new and inspiring ways.

ROVA and Vessels for Improvisation

A longtime fan of the ROVA sax quartet, they were the first ensemble I thought of approaching for this project. For an astounding 35 years, ROVA has been developing an improvisational rapport, making them an ideal group to step into almost any situation with open ears.  Larry and John came to scope out the pier and decided that the ferryboat Eureka was best suited to this endeavor, with ample space for both audience and performers to move freely during the concert.

I had initially conceived of Vessels for Improvisation as a solely musical event, but ROVA expressed interest in collaborating with dancer Shinichi Iova-Koga, which made perfect sense, as movement (of performers and audience alike) would be a major part of Vessels.  Now in it’s second year, I’m very much looking forward to what Vessels will reveal, featuring an expanded ensemble with the addition of John Bischoff on electronics, and Dana Iova-Koga and Dohee Lee from inkBoat joining ROVA and Shinichi.

– Charlie Gurke, Music Director

Vessels for Improvisation

ROVA saxophone quartet and dancer Shinichi Iova-Koga of inkBoat explore the resonant space of the historic ferryboat Eureka at Hyde St. Pier.

Curated by Music Director Charlie Gurke


ROVA Saxophone Quartet (Larry Ochs, Jon Raskin, Bruce Ackley and Steve Adams) with dancer Shinichi Iova-Koga.

……….Location: The historic ferryboat Eureka at Hyde Street Pier
……….Date: November 2nd, 2013