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PIPORNOT Contributor: Leah Barsky

(Multidisciplinary artist/Teacher/Professional Tango dancer) 

Watch Video of Interview with Leah!!!

Interview/Lecture of biologist, Dr. Daniel Charbonneau


PIPORNOT: Division of Labor and TANGO by aricoco in collaboration with Miwa Kaneko:


A virtual runway-performance show, which showcases a series of sculptural uniforms created by aricoco, that are tailored to fit the needs and roles of insect-human hybrid colony members whose specialized tasks are divided according to Division of Labor. 


The uniforms will be *virtually* worn and performed by participants acting as models, showing Tango-inspired walk. To prepare participants for the performance, Miwa will share basic Tango follower’s steps in an instruction video for them to simulate or possibly improvise their own movements. In order to further engage our audience to learn about Division of Labor of social insects, an online lecture by a biologist will be also available online. 


The final viewing party of the runway-performance show is scheduled for this winter.


This project is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC. 


About the collaborator: Miwa Kaneko

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Miwa has worked in the arts and entertainment field in a wide variety of roles. As an Argentine Tango dancer, she has performed in the Off-Broadway show “Let’s Speak Tango” and was a member of New Generation Dance Company led by Dardo Galleto and Karina Romero. She also performed in site-specific show “Tangle,” funded by Grants for Art in Public Space from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the September 11th Fund. At Key Brand Entertainment (now The John Gore Organization), she facilitated Japan tours of Broadway musicals. As Project Manager at Gorgeous Entertainment, she worked for Japan Day @ Central Park, a non-profit annual outdoor cultural festival, the play Kafka on the Shore presented at the Lincoln Center Festival, and the musical Prince of Broadway directed by Harold Prince. Miwa is Co-Founder of production company RooM Infinity, which produced The Last Message concert at Carnegie Hall in 2018 and was on the NY producers team for Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Super Live and Japan Night concerts, both of which were part of the Japan 2019 Initiative led by the Japan Foundation.

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