Yuki Hasegawa, a New York based choreographer, has presented works in NYC venues, such as United Nations Auditorium, Ailey Citigroup Theater, 92nd Street Y, Di Capo Opera Theater, Dance New Amsterdam, Frederick Loewe Theater, Theater for the New City, and also in Europe and Japan. Yuki synthesizes traditional Japanese performing arts, modern Japanese culture, and American contemporary dance to create innovative impression in her works.

1. Can you tell us about your QAF funded project?

Title of our new work: Vision

Presentation dates/time and venue: Sat. April 2nd and Sun 3rd at 8:00pm,

Green Space, 37-24 24th Street Suite #301 Long Island City, New York, 11101

Tickets: $15 in Advance/ $20 at the Door

In the new work, Vision, Azul Dancers express the world of ghostly illusion which originates in fear and insecurity. Vision exhibits Azul's signature fusion of current and traditional Japanese culture through American contemporary dance. Choreography by Yuki Hasegawa. Danced by Petra Duskova, Saioa Andre Lopez, Akane Koizumi, Moeka Matsui, Jaime Shannon, Emi Yamashita, Kanako Yokota, Gawon Yoo.

2. How do you think this project will impact the community?

I believe that our presentation of the new work will impact the Queens artists, as well as non-artists audience in this community. As the theme of VISION is to express a psychological illusion which originates in fear and insecurity through contemporary dance movements that is the Universal theme of human lives. Azul's diverse background of contemporary dance artists will speak through their bodies to convey the common issues of our lives.

3. How has QCA been helpful in the grant process?

QCA is very helpful from the beginning of this process. QCA provided the artists to attend Application information session (group and individual sessions) to prepare our application. Also, the grant awarded reception was the great opportunities for me to communicate with fellow artists in Queens. I was able to meet the artists in other disciplines and also within dance community in Queens.

4. Here is your chance, what do you want everyone to know about you as an artist and your process?

 Azul Dance Theatre promoted the workshop/audition in January 2nd 2016 to call for the new casts in this project, Vision in 2016. We have been creating and rehearsing twice a week at Green Space in Long Island City where Azul have been renting for our rehearsals for many years. (I believe that nearly ten years.) In this week, we are creating our original music played on traditional Japanese percussion called Naruko clapper along with contemporary dance movements. Azul dancers will express ghostly illusion originated in fear and insecurity, addition to Azul's signature fusion of current and traditional Japanese culture through American contemporary dance in the new work, VISION.