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Recording: 2016-11-03 , DOCK 11 (Video © Walter Bickmann)

Yuko Kaseki, Sherwood Chen

Monster Mechanism


Production Details / Press Releases

Finally you have to see those ugly, mispainted eyes. You judge them. They don’t go away. Then you stop bothering to judge them. They still don’t go away. And then they look back at you and they don’t go away. And maybe, just maybe, you fall in love.

Monster Mechanism is a work in progress collaboration between Sherwood Chen and Yuko Kaseki. From the uncanny valley towards a terra incognita, we taste fractures in systems, devolution in evolution and tension between phobia and affection. Domestic aliens falling in endless suspension. Cheap imitations of an unknown nationalism.

YUKO KASEKI (JP / DE) is director of company cokaseki, choreographer, Butoh dancer, performer, improviser and teacher in Berlin since 1995. She performs in solo and ensemble pieces and improvisations worldwide. These works are physical performances that incorporate Butoh, performance, object design, texts and soundscapes. International collaborations include inkBoat (SF), Tableau Stations (SF), CAVE (New York), Poema Theatre (Moscow), Salad Theater (Seoul) and more. She is also a key collaborator with mixed ability artists including Theater Thikwa (Berlin), Roland Walter (Berlin), Sung Kuk Kang (Seoul) and Zan-Chen Liao (Taipei).

SHERWOOD CHEN (US / FR) has worked as a performer with artists including Anna Halprin, Xavier Le Roy, Min Tanaka, Sara Shelton Mann, inkBoat / Ko Murobushi, Christine Bonansea and Liz Santoro. He leads movement workshops internationally in-studio and in natural and urban landscapes. For over twenty years, he has contributed to Body Weather research initiated by Tanaka and his associates.

Cast & Credits

A creation by Yuko Kaseki and Sherwood Chen
Lighting Design: Yuko Kaseki and Martin Capatinta
Technicians: Asier Solana, Leonardo Rende, Aurora Costilla
Sound / Music: Fatima Al Qadiri, Cudrlo, Eläkeläiset, Google Translate, Master Musicians of Jajouka, Shinsei Kamattechan, Taku Izumi, Percy Sledge, recording of Colored Sculpture by Jordan Wolfson
Yuko and Sherwood would like to thank the DOCK 11 team, CAVE / Leimay Studios, Tatwerk Performative Forschung, Sanya, Zoe Goldstein, Lisa Sterz, Subuddha Daware, Saverio Tonoli, Hikaru Inagawa, Maco, Adam Palermo and Michelle Baard.


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10435 Berlin



Video Documentation

The video documentation is produced on behalf of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. The purpose of this contract is to document productions in the field of contemporary dance in Berlin. The master recordings are archived by the University Library of the Berlin University of Arts. Copies of the recordings on DVD are available for viewing exclusively in the reference collections of the following archives (at media desks in these institutions):

University Library of the Berlin University of Arts
Mediathek für Tanz und Theater des Internationalen Theaterinstituts / Mime Centrum Berlin
Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin (HZT)

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