Akira Uchida’s “STILL”

December 9, 2022

Exploring the parallels of contemporary dance and abstract expressionism, director and choreographer Akira Uchida pairs movement with the work of painter Clyfford Still in his interdisciplinary film “STILL,” featuring Gabe Katz, Gabriella Sibeko and Dasol Kim. The dancers create contrasting fluid and angular shapes throughout the piece—moving not only to the original score by Leon Vynehall, but also to the designs of the paintings surrounding them in the Clyfford Still Museum. “As dancers, we use our bodies to express complex ideas, sensations or feelings, often transcending the capabilities of language,” says Uchida. “Clyfford Still’s work brings a discovery of self in the interpretations and associations formed with the images.”