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Art Festival in NY

Subject: greetings from morgan o’hara

Dear Kashiwagi-san, Hello from Italia. I hope this note finds you and your family in good health. It has taken me along time to write. Please excuse this delay. I have been working very hard and have left many things unfinished. It in no way indicates a lack of interest nor enthusiasm for our meeting. I remember our performance with great pleasure and Shoko’s pictures are a wonderful reminder of how beautiful it was. I am writing to ask if you would be interested in doing a performance again, this time in New York. Seiji and 6 other asian artists will be coming to New York in October for an Asian arts performance festival and I have the possibility of doing two Live Transmission performances at the Japan Society before the festival begins. It would be wonderful if you could come to New York to do them with me. There is no budget for this because it is not part of the actual in-the-theatre performance and I will do it with very little pay, only enough to cover my taxi and paper and pencils. But I was thinking that maybe you could invent a business trip to New York to promote your soba boxes, your "kit". There is enough time, I think, for you to prepare for it, to make business contacts, etc. Is this something interesting for you? Is it possible? The dates for the festival are 19 and 20 October 2001. You can call Seiji for details. If you can make a decision very quickly this would be great because if you say "yes", the organizers can put the details in the Japan Society brochure announcing the festival and you will get lots of good free publicity for your product. They have a very large mailing list in all of New York. I wrote Yoko Shioya, the organizer in New York about this idea and she may be getting in touch with you. She will also ask you to email some of the photos that Shoko-chan took. They would like to use for them in the brochure. I hope all this is clear. If you are interested, please get in touch with me immediately, All the best to all of you and especially to Reiko-san. I hope you are enjoying the summer. All the best, Morgan PS I have not forgotten the text I promised to write for your web site. I will do it, don’t worry.

Asian Performance Art Festival



Expect the unexpected when Asia’s most provocative performance artists make their American debuts, including Arahmaiani (Indonesia), Hong O-Bong (Korea), Aye Ko (Myanmar), Chumpon Apisuk (Thailand), and Hoan Ly (Vietnam). Seiji Shimoda, recipient of a BESSIE Award for curating Japan Society’s first Performance Art Mini-Festival in October 1999, brings together these dynamic young performers in the first Asian Performance Art Festival to be held in the U.S.

"The power of performance art in Asia today, often called the ’outsider,’ ’alternative,’ or ’interdisciplinary’ art, is much larger than I thought. It has the potential to influence current political and educational systems, and to challenge ’old art’ that is considered established, empty, too authoritative and poisoned with commercialism. As an international form, performance art offers boundless options for young artists to communicate with the general public."
--Seiji Shimoda

Tickets: $18, Japan Society members $16.

And...
Don’t miss American performance artist Morgan O’Hara at 7 pm in "Live Transmission: Attention and Drawing as Time-Based Performance with Soba Master Kuniaki Kashiwagi from Nagano, Japan." Free to ticket holders.


Subject: Thank YOU for everything!

Dear Kuniaki-san, Thank you for the wonderful photos! Would you please send me prints of numbers 00158,00320 and 00347? I think the first two I will use in my next book! They are really perfect to show both our work. Did Shoko take them again? It was really satisfying for me as well to have all of you here. The next days when I called the director of the Asian Cultural Council to thank him for coming to the performance, he said he thought it was the best performance of the whole evening. Then later I accidentally met Yoko Shioya at a gathering and she said the same thing. I am very pleased especially that Ralph Samuelsen had this reaction because I hope to get a grant from the Asian Cultural Council to stay longer in Japan. Of course, without a grant, it would be impossible. So, thank you once again for your collaboration! I cooked the soba the next day at home and it was wonderfully delicious. Thank you so much! Please give my warmest greetings to Reiko and Shoko and Ryuta. It was really good that you all shared the experience. What a beauty Shoko is becoming! Her wonderful energy is really great to be around and Ryuta is also beginning to have the same good energy. Must be all the soba! Thanks also for your invitation to become a member of your family! What an honor! I hope I will make it to Japan in February to get to know all of you better. Wishing you all the very best of happiness, Morgan


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