SAORI KANDA Art Performance with Sufi Dancer LÂLE SAYOKO at CRS


Friday, December 6 from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) – 123 4th Avenue (between 12th and 13th Streets)

Admission: $25 in advance/$30 at the door; $20 seniors and students

CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing) presents VIBRATION: SAORI KANDA art performance with Sufi Dance artist LÂLE SAYOKO. VIBRATION brings together two internationally touring artists known for improvisationally translating music into visual art and movement. In conjunction with the live performance, an exhibition of Kanda’s paintings will be on view in the CRS lobby.

Painting with bare hands and brushes and sometimes throwing paint, 2019 Independent Tokyo Contemporary Art Fair Audience Award Winner Saori Kanda brings to life delicious large-scale scenes of nature and fantasy inspired by her love of Japanese art (both traditional and modern) as well as the flowing Arabesques to which she was exposed growing up in the Middle East. While Kanda paints, Lâle Sayoko, in a free-spirited approach to the Sufi practice known as sema (spiritual listening), follows the music’s vibrations to unfold the ever-flowing movements of nature, such as the opening and closing of a flower dancing in the wind (lâle means “tulip” in Turkish).

This event is supported by the Globus Ryokan Artist-in-Residence program and is one of a series of events in early December featuring Saori Kanda across the city.

About the Globus Ryokan Artist-in-Residence Program

The Globus Ryokan Artist-in-Residence program seeks to stimulate cross-cultural dialogue by providing opportunities for Japanese artists to live and exhibit in New York City. The Globus Family has long been associated with cultural interchange between Japan and United States. They have sponsored events at eminent institutions including Japan Society and Asia Society. Their scope spans dance, theater, cinema, art, craft, and performance groups. For more information, please visit their website.

About Saori Kanda

A visual artist and live painting performer presented around the world by numerous festivals, museums and companies (Nissan, Maserati, Cartier, etc.), Saori Kanda uses her entire body to feel the waves of music and draw her unique piece of art on a large canvas as if she dances. It is reminiscent of the style of abstract expressionism such as Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. She breathes a life into the canvas. Her work grows and become filled with freewheeling spirits by experiencing the cycle of destruction and rebirth. She, as a painter, becomes a part of her own work and her outstanding performance attracts offers from all over the world. For more information, please visit her website.

About Sufi Dance Artist Lâle Sayoko

Lâle Sayoko lives to embody and transmit the voice of spirit through music and dance. As CRS resident Sufi Dance instructor, choreographer, performing artist, and musical curator, she loves to welcome people into this holy practice to explore and share their own divinity. She intermittently tours internationally with BELLA GAIA, a live concert blending music, dance, technology, and NASA satellite imagery inspired by the experience of astronauts viewing the earth from space.

One of the founding members of Japan’s famous SAMANYOLU professional belly dance group in Tokyo, Lâle went on to a long solo career performing throughout Northeastern United States and touring with the United Kingdom’s Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers on a more than 100-city tour encompassing the U.K., as well as Turkey’s Baba Zula. About six years ago, she was forced to retire to support her young daughter through a life-threatening medical crisis. Several years later she discovered that she could whirl as a form of prayer to support her daughter and began studying Sufi Dance with Paris-based Sufi Artist Rana Gorgani. In April 2018 Gorgani awarded her the International Sufi Dance Certification Of Cid UNESCO, granting her authority to teach Gorgani’s method of Sufi Dance training. She currently teaches Sufi Dance classes at CRS on the first Thursday of the month and leads the CRS Healing Circles + Whirling Prayer that take place every third Thursday of the month. For more information, please visit her Facebook page.

To purchase tickets to the December 6 performance, please visit CRS’s website.


Saori Kanda’s work and performance will also be presented in TOKYO EMERGENCE, an exhibition of ten artists from Japan presented by Tagboat.

Opening Reception: Tuesday, December 3 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Opening Art Performance by Saori Kanda with Siva: Tuesday, December 3 from 7:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

WhiteBox – 213 E. 121st Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)

For more information, please visit Tagboat’s website.

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