Maps of City and Body: Shedding Light on the Performances of Denise Uyehara presents the complete texts of “Big Head” and “Maps of City and Body,” two of Uyehara’s most acclaimed shows. In both works, Uyehara remains unflinchingly attentive to the transformative details that give our lives shape.
This selection of Uyehara’s performance pieces has been designed to function as both experience and documentation. It includes images from her performances, as well as detailed stage directions. It also includes detailed descriptions of Uyehara’s other public art investigations, as well as a conversation with dancer/scholar Yutian Wong, a chronology of readings and stagings, and a bibliography.
“Compelling… as graceful and agile on stage as she is on the page…. Uyehara is definitely one to watch.” — Los Angeles Times
“From this marvelous collection of performance chronicles, scripts, and reflections, Denise Uyehara emerges as an artist with a keen sense of the connectedness of things. “From this marvelous collection of performance chronicles, scripts, and reflections, Denise Uyehara emerges as an artist with a keen sense of the connectedness of things.” — Coco Fusco, author ofEnglish is Broken Here
“Like a Beat poet in search of America, Denise Uyehara doesn’t merely set out to be artful, she aims to set the record straight! An artist of conceptual integrity and executed brilliance, she aims for the loftier state called the body, with poetry and ritual her traveling companions. Her marriage of language to movement is both astonishing and skillful: she rarely lets us down, she lets us in.” — Luis Alfaro, Director, New Play Development, Mark Taper Forum Theatre