Radio III / ᎦᏬᏂᏍᎩ ᏦᎢ (2019)

Radio III is the first collaboration between Hanako Hoshimi-Caines, Zoë Poluch and Elisa Harkins. It is an indigenous futuristic concert, a beautiful and uncomfortable dance performance and a perverse triangle of shifting power that seeks to be unfaithful to both minimalism and postmodern dance’s claims to so-called “neutrality”. As we live, layer and situate form in our bodies we hurtle through past, present and possible futures. We invite you into a supportive co-existence, separate but aligned, an anthem for xenophilia, a complicit dream, a consensual prophecy.

The work opened at MAI in Montréal June 3, 2019.

With and by: Zoë Poluch, Hanako Hoshimi-Caines and Elisa Harkins.
Light Design: Paul Chambers.
Costumes: Jade Tong Cuong.

Residencies, co-production: MAI, MDT, Dance Victoria. Funders: Canada Council for the arts, Swedish Arts Council, Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Tulsa Artist Fellowship, Agora de la danse, The Stable. Discussion partners: Ivanie Aubin-Malo, James Goddard, Maria Kefirova, Stina Nyberg, Katie Ward, k.g. Guttman, Kelly Keenan and Magnus Nordberg.

Hanako Hoshimi-Caines is engaged with dance, performance-making and philosophy as a way to see, feel and love better. And what she means by love is an ambiguous kind of knowledge that is embodied, transformative and involves time and intimacy with things. Hanako has performed for/collaborated with Stephen Thompson and Andrew Tay, Maria Kefirova, Louise-Michel Jackson, Katie Ward, Jacob Wren, Adam Kinner, Frédérick Gravel, Tanya Lukin-Linklater, José Navas and, through the Cullberg Ballet (Stockholm), with Benoît Lachambre, Deborah Hay, William Forsythe and Jefta Van Dinther. Her independent and collaborative works have been shown in Canada and internationally.

Elisa Harkins is a Native American (Cherokee/Muscogee) artist and composer originally hailing from Miami, Oklahoma. Harkins received her BA from Columbia College Chicago and her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. She has since continued her education at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work is concerned with translation, language preservation, and Indigenous musicology. Harkins uses the Muscogee and Cherokee languages, electronic music, sculpture, and the body as her tools. She has exhibited her work at documenta 14, The Broad Museum, The Gilcrease Museum, The Hammer Museum, Missoula Art Museum, MCA Chicago, and MOCA North Miami. Harkins is currently a mentor at the School of the Art Institute Chicago, she is a Tulsa Artist Fellow, and she is an enrolled member of the Muscogee (Creek) tribe.