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Big Range Austin
With improvisational movement, the performers work to play – to free up the ways they move
Arts Story  June 12, 2009, by Jonelle Seitz
"...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..."

Who Gives a Damn About Big Range Austin?
The answer might be a lot closer than you think
Arts Story  June 24, 2011, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...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..."

Forklift Danceworks: You'll Know It When You See It
Five choreographers join the company in making work that undefines dance
Arts Story  February 12, 2010, by Jonelle Seitz
"...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..."

Moving Real Strange for Free
Butoh performances by Spank Dance Company
Arts Story  December 10, 2010, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...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..."

Fast Forward Austin Does Compute
New-music champions science the shit out of its upcoming concert with The Difference Engine
Arts Story  September 20, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...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..."

Local Opera Local Artists' We Might Be Struck by Lightning
In this new pastiche chamber opera, LOLA takes us on a bold musical journey
Arts Review  August 24, 2017, by Michelle Hach√©
"...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..."

Spank Dance Company: Butoh
The dancers in this performance evoke nothing so much as machinelike armatures slowly, intermittently, gorgeously going haywire
Arts Review  April 4, 2008, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...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 and Other Virtual Ways to Travel
Spank Dance Company's 'Greyhounds and Other Virtual Ways to Travel' may not move you to the next plane of existence, but its force and beauty will make this plane much more satisfying
Arts Review  March 17, 2006, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...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..."

Are We on the Edge?
Spank Dance Company's Black Things, in which black-clad dancers dance in near darkness, is original, striking, and resonant of the shadow side of our interior and exterior worlds
Arts Story  January 30, 2004, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...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..."

Big Range Austin Dance Festival
The Big Range Dance Festival shows why that art is worth everyone's attention
Arts Review  July 8, 2011, by Jonelle Seitz
"...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..."

Gay Place: Intention ... With Abandon
Good intentions pave the way to more pool parties and storming the bastille
Columns  July 13, 2012, by Kate X Messer
"...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..."

2012 Austin Critics Table Awards
For the 20th time, a big hand for the nominees if you please
Arts Story  May 25, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...Ellen Bartel, Mari Akita, and Adam Sultan, Program C: Butoh (Big Range Dance Festival)..."

Culture Club
Aaron Mace's Church of the Friendly Ghost rattles the fringes of creative and musical expressionism
Music Story  November 13, 2009, by Audra Schroeder
"...Brekekekexkoaxkoax with Mari Akita..."

Fuse Box by Day
Arts Story  April 25, 2008, by Robert Faires
"...Spank Dance Company in collaboration with the Austin Figurative Gallery featuring Mari Akita, Ellen Bartel, Caroline Sutton Clark (Austin)..."

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