takahiro yamamoto


April 3, 2023

Reading by Takahiro Yamamoto w performance by Fox Whitney & Otto Barry

7-8pm | Free
Elliott Bay Book Company: 1521 10th Ave, Seattle WA 98122

Official launch of the new book NOTHINGBEING, featuring readings by Takahiro Yamamoto along with Seattle-based musicians Fox Whitney and Otto Barry who will perform music in conversation.

May 18-21, 2023

Thursday, May 18, 8pm
Friday, May 19, 8pm - followed by a conversation with the artist and the collaborators
Saturday, May 20, 8pm
Sunday, May 21, 5pm

$20-$32 | TICKETS HERE
On the Boards: 100 West Roy StreetSeattle, WA, 98119

NOTHINGBEING is a project that investigates investigates ways to embody the presence of nothingness and "being," breathing spaces that we could easily dismiss and considering possibilities for the unfiltered self. This project addresses the notion of nothingness and "being" from multiple modalities such as moments of highly physical movement, a communal meditation, and internal activation of sensory memories.

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Opacity of Performance: Book

25 USD (free shipping til 12/31/22)
For purchase, click here to directly contact Takahiro Yamamoto via email

Project Info

Direct Path to Detour: Book

25 USD (+ Shipping)
For purchase, click here to directly contact Takahiro Yamamoto via email

Project Info

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March 8, 2023
Opacity of Performance: Book Reading

6pm | Free with RSVP
Northwest Film Forum: 1515 12th Ave, Seattle WA 98122

Northwest Film Forum presents an AWP offsite event, featuring readings from artist Takahiro Yamamoto and scholar Jang Wook Huh along with a dance performance by choreographer Heather Kravas. Yamamoto’s latest book, Opacity of Performance, takes its title from his 2022 performance installation at the Portland Art Museum.

This dynamic reading expands upon the book’s investigations into visibility and objectification and uses the lens of choreography to question the opacity of performance.

February 26, 2023
Property of Opaqueness

2pm | FREE
The Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art
615 S. Palatine Hill Road MSC 95, Portland, OR 97219

Presented as a guest event that is part of the Hoffman gallery’s spring 2023 faculty exhibitions: Scrum by Dru Donovan and Betwixt and … by Cara Tomlinson. 

Property of Opaqueness -a performance by Takahiro Yamamoto along with Roland Dahwen and Emily Squires- is a parallel performance project of Opacity of Performance.  Based on the dramaturgical and choreographic foundation of Opacity of Performance, it investigates the physical and emotional effects that both dancers and viewers undergo when visibility, activity, and attention vary over an extended duration.

February 14, 2023

6pm (ET) in person
REGISTER HERE to attend in person at the Kelly Writers House
3805 Locust Walk | the University of Pennsylvania
Locust Walk is a pedestrian street between (and parallel to) Walnut St. and Spruce St.

6pm (ET) on YouTube
Virtually watch here

How abundant can nothing be? This iteration of the dance and poetics series sees artists Takahiro Yamamoto and Dahlia Li engage the possibilities of nothingness through collaborative gesture and poetic language practices. Drawing on Yamamoto’s NOTHINGBEING project and “the possibilities of the unfiltered self” and Li’s research into cultural memory and photographic negation, this participatory performance workshop/lecture opens the intimate fold of nothingness towards the unknown spectator. Together we will probe what it means to witness what unfolds in the present and attend to the rich temporal relations nothingness casts. No prior dance or poetry experience required.

September 9-11, 2022

Sep 9 at 6pm
Sep 10 at 6pm
Sep 11 at 2pm & 6pm

PICA's TBA Festival 2022
PICA Annex | 15 NE hancock Street
Sliding Scale: $10 / $20 / $25

Instigated by Takahiro Yamamoto
Created in collaboration with David Thomson, Anna Martine Whitehead & Takahiro Yamamoto
Thought Partner: Samita Sinha
Physically engaged by David Thomson, Anna Martine Whitehead & Takahiro Yamamoto

Sound Design by coast2c
Costume Design by Alison Heryer
Lighting Design by Jeff Forbes

June 16-26, 2022
Opacity of Performance

Centering visibility as a core question, Opacity of Performance investigates the physical and emotional effects that both performers and viewers undergo when acts of looking, moving, and paying attention vary over an extended duration.

Choreographed by Takahiro Yamamoto
Dramaturgy by Ben Evans
Performed by Emily Squires, Garrick Imatani, Intisar Abioto, Irene June, Nolan Hanson, Roland Dahwen, Stephanie Schaaf, Sydney Jackson & Takahiro Yamamoto

Curated by Sara Krajewski, the Portland Art Museum’s Eichholz Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art

April 16, 2022
NOTHINGBEING: A Virtual Symposium

2pm EST / 1pm CT / 11am PST

For details and registration, click here.

Participants: Samita Sinha, David Thomson, Anna Martine Whitehead & Takahiro Yamamoto
Co-organized by Portland Institute for Contemporary Art & The Chocolate Factory Theater