Kalpa

Getty Center

A sculptural and performative installation with an enormous spotlight, Butoh dancers, and hundreds of spools of thread.

This major new site-specific commission by Hirokazu Kosaka kicks off the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival and transforms the Getty Center's Arrival Plaza into a sculptural and performative installation. In Sanskrit, kalpa means eon—a long period of time. Once every hundred years, an angel comes down from heaven and swipes the surface of a stone with her silk sleeves until the rock disappears. Kosaka builds a symbolic parallel between kalpa and the inevitable passage of time that slowly transforms our lives, histories, and memories.

Performers include Butoh master Oguri, leads a small company of dancers; musician and composer Yuval Ron, who creates an aural environment with a combination of live and recorded music; and sounds featuring harmonica player Tetsuya Nakamaura. The installation was designed by Architect-Educator Michael Rotondi, who has collaborated with Mr. Kosaka on other installations.

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