Shusaku Arakawa (1936-2010) was an enigmatic man. The late Japan-born, New York-based artist and his partner, Madeline Gins, once jointly declared they had decided “not to die,” and even added that it was “immoral” for people to have to die. Based on their philosophy, the two created a series of houses and other structures that they claimed would enable humans to achieve immortality. Then on May 19, 2010, Arakawa passed away in a Manhattan hospital at the age of 73.
In memory of the second anniversary of his passing, a special dance performance will be held on May 19 at the Site of Reversible Destiny, Yoro Park, a sprawling outdoor park in western Gifu Prefecture conceived by Arakawa. Featured in the performance will be Min Tanaka, known in Japan and abroad for his style of impromptu dance, which expresses the links between the origins of dance and farming.