Friday, May 17, 2013
Spotlight On...Ai Ikeda
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Education: Chen Ying Wushu Training Center, NYC Stunts Action Club, Peridance Center, Otsuma High School, The School of Tokyo Ballet
Select Credits: Deadly She-Wolf Assassin at Armageddon! (Japan Society and Mandell Theater, PA); Real Hero, born in the shadow and die in the shadow, and An Art Called Wu (Martial Arts Theater, LaMaMa Annex Theater, Joe's pub and Alvin Ailey Theater); Fan Macbeth (LaMaMa Theater and Mabou Mines); Gateless Gate (Wisconsin Union Theater); Yangtze Repertory Theatre Of America (Theater for the New City)
Why theater?: Because I enjoy it.
Tell us about Deadly She-Wolf Assassin at Armageddon!: This is a very dramatical and powerful martial arts theater show with dynamic and beautiful live music which you've never seen anywhere!
What is it like being a part of Deadly She-Wolf Assassin at Armageddon!?: It's my pleasure. I'm having a wonderful time and it is a great learning experience.
What kind of theater speaks to you?: Martial Arts Theater, Dance Theater and Experimental Theater.
What or who inspires you as an artist?: Yuen Woo-Ping (is a Chinese martial arts choreographer and film director)
Any roles you’re dying to play?: Female Kung Fu Hero
If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: Yuen Woo-Ping
Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: I don't know ... I'd play myself and it be called "波瀾万丈" -stormy drama-
What show have you recommended to your friends?: Deadly She-Wolf Assassin At Armageddon, BBG Cherry Blossom Festival, Spinnin Ronin Martial Arts Theater.
What’s your biggest guilty pleasure?: Watching kung fu movies or practicing too much!
What’s up next?: I have a show coming up with Japanese Drum company called Taiko Masala at the Widow Jane Mine, Rosendale NY on July 14th. We perform in their beautiful cave. (www.centuryhouse.org)