About the collaborators:
Meshi Chavez is a dancer, teacher and choreographer. He is co-founder of Momentum Studio in Portland, where he teaches weekly classes. Meshi teaches Butoh and other forms of movement based workshops in the United States and throughout Europe. His mentors include Toronto based choreographer Denise Fujiwara, and Japan’s Natsu Nakajima. www.MeshiChavez.com
Allison Cobb is the author of Born 2, Green-Wood, Plastic: an autobiography, and After We All Died, which was a finalist for the 2015 National Poetry Series. Carolyn Forché calls the book “inventive, visionary, hard-thought, and impossible to put down.” Allison was born and raised in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where the first atomic bombs were made. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she co-curates The Switch reading, music, art, and performance series. allisoncobb.net
Lisa DeGrace primarily creates and performs music for dancers She describes her work as “environmental soundscapes,” developed from layers of vocal manipulation, sound clips, and live and recorded instrumentation. Her scores offer grounding for narrative, movement, and mood. Current sound interests include tree bark, rocks, subways, and train bells. And voices. Always voices. Lisa has developed scores for and performed in almost 20 moody little works over the past 10 years, and is only getting moodier. When not performing, Lisa is the Executive Director of Blue Sky Gallery.
Yukiyo Kawano is a third-generation hibakusha (atomic bomb survivor) who grew up decades after the bombing of Hiroshima. Her work is personal, reflecting lasting attitudes toward the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Kawano’s main focus is her/our forgetfulness, her/our dialectics of memory, issues around cultural politics, and historical politics. Her sculptures use her grandmother’s kimono fabric sewn together with strands of her hair to form a suspended soft silk sculpture of a life-size atomic bomb. Kawano is currently living in Portland, Oregon.
Stephen A. Miller was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and discovered photography in his late teens while seeking ways to express himself. Through the past 22 years, he has covered a wide variety of subjects, while steadily becoming more interested in unearthing the human psyche, pointing his lens at the “invisible subjects” in his life and the world. In the last two years he has created several installations using still photography and video, both as solo projects and as collaborations with other artists. Stephen lives in Portland with collaborator-musician-wife Lisa DeGrace. He maintains a job creating 3d illustrative media and photography for the architectural community, currently as Art Director for Skylab Architecture.