In case you haven’t stopped by Gallery 2 yet to see Eiko & Koma’s Naked, I assure you it’s not what you expect, no matter what you’re expecting. Being present in the gallery while they’re performing is an inimitable experience. It surely lends support to Eiko’s statement in Dance Magazine that “The Walker is more like a temple than a department store type of museum.”
In the same article, Eiko also said “We want audiences to see a pristine landscape eons older than the one we all occupy, and in which we humans can rediscover our essential selves.”
City Pages said that Naked “is like entering into a dream world, but one so intense and self-consciously alive that it feels as though you must be awake. ”
And in Caroline Palmer’s review for the Strib she said “Watching Naked feels like a privilege.”
This live exhibition closes a week from tomorrow, with the last day to see it being Tuesday, November 30. Galleries are closed Thanksgiving day and Monday, November 29.
In case you’ve already seen Naked and your appetite has been whet, here’s a video that includes short extracts from all of Eiko & Koma’s performances at, or in association with, the Walker since 1981.