“Second Storm” at Counterpulse

Explore the issues of home and belonging through this multidisciplinary performance by inkBoat and guests.

Photo courtesy of inkBoat / Counterpulse

Event Details


Grace Cathedral
1100 California Street, San Francisco, California 94108 United States


March 17, 2019 from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)



Second Storm is a work in development towards the creation of The Storm in My House, a multi-disciplinary performance bridging dance, music, and installation.

Along with guest Rova Saxophone Quartet, Second Storm is collaboratively created and performed by inkBoat, directed by Shinichi Iova-Koga. The theme is home: its absence, its presence, and the feeling of home as physical space, identity, or culture.

The performance reflects a landscape, not a story, woven with sounds of field recordings and interviews with a displaced artist community, text lifted from personal writings from members of the inkBoat ensemble, expressing the precarious position artists, and all of us, maintain in the face of social upheaval.

This work is a response to inflamed social issues in contemporary America: economic inequality, displacement, and deterioration of the social safety net.

inkBoat and Rova Saxophone Quartet have collaborated on numerous projects and improvisations since 2005 Second Storm features Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams, Dana Iova-Koga, Kamerin McDonald, Suki O’Kane and Amy Rathbone. It is presented as part of the 2019 Counterpulse Festival.


inkBoat is a physical theatre and dance company founded by Shinichi Iova-Koga in 1998. With members based in San Francisco, Luzern, New York, Paris and Berlin, inkBoat performs throughout North America, Europe, South Korea and Japan in theaters and site-specific locations.  Repertory and research integrate the interplay of multiple artistic disciplines and viewpoints, both experimental and traditional, resulting in original performance compositions. Themes and subjects arise from meticulous examination of everyday life, with primary content arising from the body, resulting in both refined and raw expressions.

Dana and Shinichi Iova-Koga reside in Luzern, Switzerland where they teach and develop performance works locally and internationally. Shinichi’s work encompasses physical theater, installation art, dance and music. He has been trained by improvisational teacher Ruth Zaporah, Post Modernists Anna Halprin and Ralph Lemon and Japanese Butoh dancers Yumiko Yoshioka and Hiroko Tamano. Shinichi is the editor of the book “95 Rituals,” documenting the performance of the same name and is a contributing writer to The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance.

Dana spent several years under the tutelage of Min Tanaka on his farm in Japan. It was during this time that Dana became interested in the myriad connections between the body and nature, between dance and agriculture. It is a theme she has continued to explore on her own, and with Shinichi Iova-Koga, as they develop workshops in natural surroundings. She brings to her teaching physical experience from various sources, including Qi Gong, post-modern dance, physical theater, and shoveling.