"...There is this tension – it's not just talking back and forth. It's making a choice within the parameters of space and people, " says Mari Akita, one of the six dancers taking part in Big Range Austin dance festival's Program C, a 45-minute session of movement and music improvisation..."
"...EB: Yeah, this'll be the first time our Butoh improv has ever been on an actual stage. That's me and Mari Akita and Adam Sultan..."
"...Denby Swanson's A Brief Narrative of an Extraordinary Birth of Rabbits, opening this same weekend). Mari Akita created a solo for a single dancer using pedestrian movement..."
"...On the third Thursday of each month, the lobby of the Salvage Vanguard Theater reveals a tableau of living art known as butoh. As different from the more familiar Western forms of modern dance as an arsenic-based life-form is from our own human biology, butoh's ancient Japanese paradigm of movement is re-engineered here by a shifting combination of dancers Ellen Bartel, Mari Akita, Caroline Sutton Clark, and musician Adam Sultan..."
"...Butoh is a great example. When I first saw Ellen Bartel, Mari Akita, and Adam Sultan perform at a different event, I thought to myself, "I have no idea how to even describe this to someone else, but it's blowing my mind..."
"...The first storyline centers on Claudia, who must rush to the side of her dying mother, hauntingly portrayed by dancer Mari Akita. The dark figure of Death looms in the hospital room, extracting life from her mother's frail and broken body..."
"...Unframed examples of these portraits crowd the long walls of the AFG, providing a background against which, upon the floor's bare concrete smoothness, a trio of women performs permutations of the Japanese style of movement called Butoh. Ellen Bartel, Mari Akita, and Caroline Sutton Clark of Spank Dance Company: These are the women moving within the gallery's illustrated borders, performing a stark kinesis for themselves and for the tiny sprawl of people seated or squatting along the south wall...."
"...Greyhounds is broken into three parts: Memory, Technology, and Intellect. The Memory part, featuring dancers Mari Akita, Dawnerin Larrimore, Debra McAdoo, and Kayo Tsujimoto, is the most theatrical of the three, with complexly fanciful costumes of tulle and lace and an original score by Andy Hadaway..."
"...This time the resonance is with the shadow side of our interior and exterior worlds. Bartel and fellow dancers Mari Akita, Amy Cone, Cecilia Proeger, and Matthew Young are dressed in black, on a black stage, in darkness..."
"...This backstory prompted Bartel's switch from the larger group, Western dance–based improv programs of previous festivals. For the June 30 performance, Sultan, Bartel, and the fascinating Mari Akita were alternatively encumbered and sheltered by yards and yards of swishy fabric in evening gowns and parachutes..."
"...PARIS IS BURNING: BASTILLE DAY AT JUSTINE'S The city is on fire, dontcha know, and it's time for you to get flaming. Mari Akita and NYC's Acid Betty aim to stoke your ember..."
"...Ellen Bartel, Mari Akita, and Adam Sultan, Program C: Butoh (Big Range Dance Festival)..."
"...Brekekekexkoaxkoax with Mari Akita..."
"...Spank Dance Company in collaboration with the Austin Figurative Gallery featuring Mari Akita, Ellen Bartel, Caroline Sutton Clark (Austin)..."