Direct Path to Detour is a new dance work by Portland-based choreographer Takahiro Yamamoto. Grounded in the idea that a sense of who we are is rooted in our embodied experiences, this dance evokes mental and physical states at the intersection of value systems, social pressures, expectations, and personal experiences of four dancers.
Yamamoto’s Direct Path to Detour collaborators – performers, musician, and dramaturge – each have an intimate relationship with bridging multiple societies by birth, residence, upbringing and/or religion. Through light, sound, and movement, Direct Path to Detour envelops the performers in a poetic, visceral experience of resistance, surrender, sincerity, and fiction.
Direct Path to Detour began as a personal exploration of the physical and emotional effects of Yamamoto’s lived experience as a queer, Japanese immigrant in the United States. Additionally, he was interested in considering what happens when various sets of cultural values come into physical contact with one another and are forced to negotiate space. Yamamoto’s artistic and creative process retraces his biographical steps in a way that allows him the time and space to unpack his own influences—aesthetically, ethically, and ideologically.