Norwegian dancer and director Einy Åm Sparks discusses and screens her latest dance film Embracing Hiroshima, a documentary which merges dance, contemporary and traditional music, concert performance, and animation to honor the world’s enormous peacekeeping efforts in the wake of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
The documentary, which will be screened in full, follows the New York dance company, EyeKnee Coordination and a large cast of international singers and musicians on its journey across Japan to perform the piece “Will this moment ever let go?,” a collaboration between the award winning Norwegian composer Magnar Åm, and the renowned Norwegian poet Jan Erik Vold.
Prior to the screening, Åm will discuss the connection between text/inspiration/philosophy and the musical composition of this interdisciplinary performance.
About Einy Åm Sparks
Einy Åm Sparks is a contemporary dance artist who continuously explores artistic expression through movement, film, and music. Since graduating from London Contemporary Dance School, UK, she has immersed herself in site-specific performance and stage pieces both as performer and choreographer, as well as in dance film collaborations with cinematographer Tyler Sparks, and video artists Run Shayo, Torill Haugen and Sharpelbow/Tori Sparks.
Her choreography has been presented at the New York venues MMAC, DNA, Triskelion Arts, The Winter Garden, CPR, Chez Bushwick, and BAX, among others, as well as internationally, through four evening length collaborations with composer Magnar Åm, which have been performed in Norway, Japan, Czech Republic and Poland, and described as “stunning and thought provoking.”
Einy has been a resident artist at Dansearena nord (2015), SEANSE (2014), an Emerging Artist Resident at The Field (2011), a recipient of the NACL Deep Space Performance Residency (2011), and an Associate Artist at Atlantic Center for the Arts alongside Master Artist Liz Lerman (2012). As a performer Einy has worked with Tiffany Mills Company, AMDaT/Andrea Haenggi, Teresa Smith, Sens/Noemie Lafrance, JMandle Performance, Liz Sargent Installations, Mina Nishimura, Alexandra Sachs, Corinne Cappelletti, and Tina Croll, among others.