Asia Society Texas Center

“Direct Path to Detour” Movement Workshop

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017 – Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017

01:00 PM – 02:30 PM


Direct Path to Detour is a new collaborative dance performance by Portland-based choreographer Takahiro Yamamoto.

In today’s culturally diverse society, one is inevitably exposed to multiple aesthetics, ethics, and ideologies. This project investigates the physical and emotional effects of having multiple sets of cultural values and expectations crashing, negotiating, reconciling, and/or floating with each other in contemporary society from the perspective of Yamamoto’s experience as a queer Japanese immigrant to the U.S.

This workshop introduces breathing exercises and light improvisational movement practice, which Yamamoto has been investigating for Direct Path to Detour. At the end, a group discussion will be held to explore participants’ physical experiences in relationship to their personal backgrounds. In addition, the idea of ‘post memory’ will also be discussed, delving into the interconnectivity of things that we don’t know, things that we physically experience, and things that we don’t articulate.

No movement experience is necessary.

About the Programs & Activities

About the Takahiro Yamamoto

Originally from Shizuoka Japan, Takahiro Yamamoto works in performance, sculpture, and photography in Portland. He has shown his original works nationally and internationally at Links Hall (Chicago), GoDown Arts Centre (Nairobi), Bedlam Lowertown (St.Paul), Fresh Festival (San Francisco), Center on Contemporary Arts (Seattle), Rowan Gallery (Los Angeles), and Disjecta (Portland). He has performed with Morgan Thorson, Xavier Le Roy, Opiyo Okach, Mårten Spångberg, Keith Hennessy, Jmy James Kidd, Perseverance Theatre Company, and many others. He holds an MFA in Visual Studies from Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. He was selected for PICA’s 2015 Creative Exchange Lab and 2012 danceWEB scholarship in Vienna, Austria. Additionally, he co-directs the performance company madhause with Ben Evans, and is part of Portland-based group Physical Education with Allie Hankins, keyon gaskin, and Lu Yim. Learm more at takahiroyamamoto.com.

Bank of America is presenting sponsor of Performing Arts & Culture programs. Generous funding also provided by AARP, Nancy C. Allen, CNOOC-NEXEN, the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, The Clayton Fund, the Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts, and Mickey Rosenau & Dr. Ellen Gritz. Funding is also provided from Friends of Performing Arts & Culture at Asia Society Texas Center, a premier group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing the best in public programming to Houston. This workshop is presented in collaboration DiverseWorks and Dance Source Houston.


  • Tuesday - Friday, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Closed Mondays and major holidays
  • Free Hours: Admission to the building and Grand Hall exhibition is free. Admission to the Louisa Stude Sarofim Gallery is free for Asia Society members; $8 for nonmembers.

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Parking in Asia Society Texas Center's lot is $5 for 1-24 hours. Entrances on Caroline and Austin. Limited free and paid street parking also available.

Special Offers / Dining

An India-Inspired Café
Enjoy breakfast and lunch at Pondi! Pondicheri's museum café is open for extended lunch hours Tuesday through Sunday with a vibrant and innovative menu featuring everything from butter chicken to saffron shrimp salad and roti wraps.
Tuesday – Friday, 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday – Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm


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