film screening nights
Saturday 21 + Sunday 22, 2018

HANGMAN TAKUZO directed by Yasuko Yokoshi

mhPROJECTnyc is extremely pleased to announce that two nights film screenings of HANGMAN TAKUZO directed by a contemporary choreographer, Yasuko Yokoshi.

Saturday, April 21: 7pm + Sunday, April 22: 6pm
Free addmission
The door opens 15 min prior, and seat is available for 15 people.



Hangman Takuzo features legendary Japanese performance artist Kubi-Kukuri Takuzo (Hangman Takuzo). Takuzo hangs himself every day from a tree in his garden. He has been practicing the art of suspension for more than 40 years. In addition to Takuzo, the film features Namiko Kawamura, a lifelong practitioner of meditative naked walking, and Takuzo's partner Mika Kurosawa, widely known as the "godmother" of Japanese contemporary dance. Filmed in a cinéma vérité style, the artists' daily art practice is interspersed with candid conversations between Hangman Takuzo and Mika Kurosawa.

"The Art of Suspension...What sounds morbid proved the opposite, an affirmation of life through his closeness with death." The New York Time

Kubi-Kukuri Takuzo (Hangman Takuzo) passed away on March 31, 2018, at age 70 due to complications from lung cancer. Unexpectedly, this film screening has become a memorial event for this extraordinary artist.

Yasuko Yokoshi is a choreographer and filmmaker. She was born in Hiroshima, Japan, and is currently based in Kyoto,  and presenting her work internationally. Yokoshi's film"Hangman Takuzo" has been presented by the Kyoto Experiment (Fringe Program), Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival in Holland, and TPAM Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama.  Her stage works have been presented by the Theatre de la Ville in Paris, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum Works&Process, The Kitchen, Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, Performance Space 122, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art/TBA Festival, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Dublin Dance Festival, and others. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award, Creative Capital grant, MAP Fund grant, New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship, and two New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Awards.