FEBRUARY 4, 2017 | 1:30PM, 5:30PM, & 6:30PM | BING CONCERT HALL ATRIUM
Choreographer: Diane Frank
Sculpture: Will Clift
Music: Jaroslaw Kapuscinski
Guest Musician: Ko Ishikawa
Environmental Sounds Artist: Nao Nishihara

In A Winter Garden is both a music concert with dancers and a sculptural installation. The collaboration investigates the shared signature elements of Will Clift’s large-scale sculptures, Diane Frank’s site-specific choreography, and Jarek Kapuscinski’s music: intervals of balance, imbalance, and breathed connection within an ever-shifting environment. The performance explores Japanese aesthetics, particularly the Japanese concept of “ma”, a breath-related sense of interval in time and space. Both sculpture and movement will unfold within an enveloping ever-changing sonic environment. The winter sounds incorporated in the score were recorded by Japanese environmental sound artist Nao Nishahara in the Tohoku region of Japan after the tsunami. Japanese musician Ko Ishikawa, a master of the “sho”, an ancient Japanese wind instrument, will play in live performance. Seven dancers will explore the possibilities within a landscape of interlocking sculptural forms, not merely moving through it but actively creating and changing the sculptural elements in relation to the space, both configuring and traversing the permutations of that sculptural and sonic world.

This production is generously supported by Stanford Arts, Stanford Live, Stanford Center for East Asian Studies, and the Departments of Music, Art & Art History, and Theater & Performance Studies.

about the artists

Diane Frank, Choreography
Diane Frank has enjoyed a long career as a professional choreographer, dancer, and teaching artist. She has received numerous NEA fellowship grants and awards for her choreography which has been produced by noted venues in New York, London, Paris, Washington, DC, and San Francisco. She trained extensively with Merce Cunningham, drawn to both the aesthetic sensibilities and radical beauty of his work, and was a member of the Cunningham Studio teaching staff for many years. She also danced with Douglas Dunn & Dancers for eleven years, touring domestically and abroad. At Stanford since 1987, she continues to train and mentor a long line of Stanford dance professionals. In 2012, her choreography (performed by Stanford dancers) was selected by the American College Dance Association for the National Gala performances at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In A Winter Garden deepens Frank’s ongoing fascination with nature, impermanence of dance as a form, and human responsiveness to the particulars of environment.

Will Clift, Sculpture
When he was a senior in high school, Will Clift’s physics teacher challenged the class to find or make an object that “balances but looks like it shouldn’t.” The next morning before class, he found three scraps of wood, chiseled two rough holes, and connect them into a a self-supporting structure that stood on a small foot. That was the seed out of which his current work grew.

Clift completed two degrees at Stanford that combined engineering, business, psychology and design, but never formally studied art. During that time he spent six months in Japan, a country he fell deeply in love with, and to which he will return this fall. He became a full-time sculptor in 2006, at first mostly working in wood and bronze. More recently he’s developed and refined a novel technique using carbon fiber composite to create delicate but strong, large-scale sculptures. In A Winter Garden is the realization of a long-held aim of his, to deeply explore gesture and balance by integrating human motion with his sculpture.

Jaroslaw Kapuscinski, Music
Jaroslaw Kapuscinski is an intermedia composer and pianist whose work has been presented at New York MOMA; ZKM in Karlsruhe; Centre Pompidou in Paris; and Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, among others. He has received awards at the UNESCO Film sur l'Art festival in Paris, VideoArt Festival Locarno, and FNCNM in Montréal. He was first trained as a pianist and composer at the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and expanded into multimedia during studies at the University of California, San Diego (1992-1997). Currently, he is Associate Professor of composition and intermedia and Chair of the Music Department at Stanford University.


This event is free & open to the public.

There are 3 performances of this production, each running about 30 minutes in length.

where to go

This performance is in the Bing Concert Hall Atrium. For directions and parking information, please CLICK HERE.


This performance event is being held in conjunction with the 2017 Pan-Asian Music Festival. To find out more about the festival, please CLICK HERE.