Artist Projects

The Salon Project

Donna Uchizono

The Salon Project occurs in two phases: Uchizono creates a new modern dance work, Low, for her company dancers; then the piece is reconfigured for presentation in ballrooms and dance halls. The Salon Project is inspired by Uchizono’s month-long residency in Argentina, where she created an evening-length work for both Argentine dancers of European descent and the indigenous tribal musicians of the Tobas Indian Nation. The Salon Project employs a movement vocabulary drawn from Argentine Tango’s use of limited space, counterclockwise circling, and the constant, dynamic interplay of weight between partners. Original music was created for the work by composer Guy Yarden.

Project Updates

  • 2002: Low is performed at Painted Bridge Art Center in Philadelphia

  • 2003: Donna Uchizono Company performs The Salon Project at Joyce Theater in New York

  • 2003: The Salon Project is performed at the Time-Based Art Festival at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art