At the International House of Japan in Tokyo’s Roppongi on the night of Dec. 22, Laure Drogoul, a sculptor and performance artist presently in Japan on a U.S.-Japan Creative Artists’ Fellowship, is working on a public art project called “Olfactory Factory,” collecting and mapping the smells of Tokyo through surveys and a rolling “scentorium,” a cart specially designed to create a “smellscape” of Tokyo.
Drogoul collaborates with Naoko Maeshiba (choreographer/butoh dancer), Mami Takahashi (painter), Audrey Chen (cello/voice) and Catherine Pancake (percussion/inventions).
Maeshiba’s work draws from both Asian and Western dance/theater forms and ranges from site-specific improvisational pieces in collaboration with musicians and visual artists to tightly choreographed theater pieces.
Using traditional Japanese pigments, Takahashi addresses spiritual themes with paper, mixed media and printing techniques. Chen, a free-improvisition musician from the United States, mixes cello and self-styled vocal techniques, while Pancake explores the outer limits of free jazz and extreme sound.
“Olfactory Happening”: 7 p.m., Dec. 22, at the International House of Japan (5-11-16 Roppongi, Minato-ku), a 10-minute walk from the Roppongi subway station.
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