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Kalpa

Getty Center

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 with an enormous spotlight, Butoh dancers, and hundreds of spools of colorful thread. 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.