Wind in the Pines by Aretha Aoki and Ryan MacDonald · アレサ・アオキとライアン・マクドナルドによるウィンド・イン・ザ・パインズ

This video of Wind in the Pines is an edited version of a 60-min live performance at KCAI Crossroads Gallery in Kansas City, MO on October 25 & 26, 2019. Wind in the Pines weaves memoir, Noh theater, digital animation, sound and dancing to create an immersive excavation of a mysterious family past. Centering around Aretha Aoki’s Japanese family history during World War II, Wind in the Pines attempts to make the past feel present, despite language barriers, geographical and cultural distances, and the imperfection of memory. Multiple mediums, references and images create a space where history, fiction, imagination and embodiment can co-exist.

Aretha Aoki and Ryan MacDonald

Choreography by Aretha Aoki in collaboration with the performers

Performed by Aretha Aoki, Shaina Cantino and Alice MacDonald

Video and sound by Ryan MacDonald

Lighting Design by Christopher Akerlind