Travels, Tours and
One Night Stands


First Floor Theatre
March 23 - April 9, 2006
Thursday - Saturday 8:00pm
Sunday - 2:30pm & 8:00pm
Tickets $15
Conceived by Kim Ima and Onni Johnson
Created by Kim Ima & the cast

Box office 212.475.7710

"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page," wrote Saint Augustine of Hippo. "Travels, Tours and One-Night Stands" is a dance theater work conceived by Kim Ima and Onni Johnson, directed & choreographed by Kim Ima. The cast includes Chris Wild, Duane Boutté, Onni Johnson, Kim Ima and special guests (see below). "Travels, Tours and One-Night Stands" is inspired by the experience of travel: the first taste of a new food, the way a hot wind blows and the sounds of a new city. It ventures into imagined and fantastic places, where the world created is not terra firma and our imaginations and memories take root. The piece is a collage of interwoven text, music, choreography and structured improvisation. Choreographed scenarios with improvised dance elements interweave with conversations and reflections about various aspects of travel, like getting lost, trying new food and speaking the language.

One-Night Stands:
Schedule for Nightly Special Guests

3/23/06 (Thur) Bill Ruyle
3/24/06 (Fri) Bill Ruyle & Jana Herzen
3/25/06 (Sat) Samba New York

3/26/06 (Sun)

Zishan Urgulu & Akiko Busch (2:30pm)
  Jana Herzen & Martin Vejarano (8:00pm)
3/30/06 (Thur) Perry Yung & Brian Nishii
3/31/06 (Fri) Akiko Busch & Bill Ruyle
4/1/06 (Sat) Elizabeth Swados & Bill Ruyle
4/2/06 (Sun) Brian Nishii, Oran Etkin and Abdoulaye Diabate (2:30pm)
  "Bujo" Kevin Jones & Jana Herzen (8:00pm)
4/6/06 (Thur) Sxip Shirey
4/7/06 (Fri) Sxip Shirey, Rich Ebihara and Roko Dgokovic
4/8/06 (Sat) Storm Garner, Slavko Bosnjak and Chris Lovrin
4/9/06 (Sun) Akiko Busch & Storm Garner, Alfonso Cid & Arturo Martinez of Gazpacho Andalu, (2:30pm)
  "Bujo" Kevin Jones & Jana Herzen (8:00pm)


There is a jazz element to the piece. The members of the cast riff off each other in dance, dialogue and structured improvisation. Each performance, special guests will join the cast to play different kinds of music and tell unique tales about their own travels. The impromptu storytelling will be shared or compared by the cast, special guests and even the audience. The schedule of guests will be posted here on the La MaMa website.

The soundscore by Stefano Zazzera will include original soundscapes and music from recorded sources including Japanese Pop and Slavic music. Set Design by Gian Marco Lo Forte. Lighting design is by Adam Larsen. Costume design by Wendy Meilang Yang. Projected photos and slides by Onni Johnson.

Choreographer/director Kim Ima is known for her multidisciplinary career, which spans dance, theater and film. Last season at La MaMa, she wrote, directed and choreographed "The Interlude," a play about the legacy of the Japanese-American internment camps in the U.S. during World War II. Other directing credits include "Dancing With My Demons" at the Nuyorican Poet's Café and The Blue Heron Arts Center. As a film producer, Ms. Ima has collaborated with writer/director Greg Pak on the feature film "Robot Stories" (which the Village Voice called "a genuinely stirring indie rarity") and the short films "All Amateur Ecstasy," "Catfight Tonight," and "The Happy Hamptons Holiday Camp For Troubled Couples." Kim is a member of La MaMa's Great Jones Rep; she has played Cassandra in "The Trojan Women" and has toured with "Fragments of a Greek Trilogy" internationally. Her other La MaMa credits include "Perseus" and "The Golden Bird." She appeared in Anne Bogart's production of "The Seven Deadly Sins" at New York City Opera, Diana Son's "RAW: Raunchy Asian Women" at HERE and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the National Asian American Theatre Company.

Her production company, Cheap & Sneaky Productions ( produces and promotes original works for the stage and screen and all things cheap and sneaky..

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