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Arcane Collective (Los Angeles/Dublin)

With mesmerizing concentration and kinetic dexterity, Arcane Collective pushes the boundaries of conventional contemporary dance. The production invokes an unprecedented theatrical engagement that carves its way into the lasting psyche of its audience. Founded by Morleigh Steinberg and Oguri, Arcane Collective is a dance co-op of international artists from interdisciplinary backgrounds that alter the perceptions of the body, space and time. Their movement vocabulary is simultaneously arcane and profoundly universal. Their hybrid of cultures and aesthetics creates work that is visually compelling and refined theater.
Throughout their independent dance careers, Steinberg and Oguri have worked together on varying productions, in varying roles, in both dance and film, for over twenty years.  In the spring of 2011, they formed a platform company for presenting their work, independently and together, under the auspices of ARCANE COLLECTIVE.

"a virtuoso performance…, a striking visual success”   - Los Angeles Times

Morleigh Steinberg is “…a dancer of frightening integrity” - Los Angeles Times

“…Astonishing in its many guises, this is a visage simultaneously old and young, ecstatic and empty…This is the face of Oguri, butoh master and L.A. jewel.”
- Los Angeles Times 

Touring Programs

Arcane Collective offers 3 evening length performances. For more information on each program, please contact the company directly at [email protected]

Caddy! Caddy! Caddy!-  William Faulkner Dance Project
Choreography – Oguri
Tours with 4 dancers, 1 musician

An epic and abstract portrayal of William Faulkner's novels “The Sound and the Fury”, “Absalom, Absalom”!, and “A Rose for Emily”. Faulkner's stories unravel through different characters interweaving in a nonlinear and compelling composite- a rich and studied blur of life. With a live sound score and dynamic set of an expanding nexus of multi-colored threads, the production is an unforgettable breathtaking experience.

Cold Dream Colour-  A Dance Homage to Louis le Brocquy
Director – Morleigh Steinberg     
Choreography – Steinberg, Oguri, Liz Roche
Tours with 7 dancers, 1 musician 

The haunting world of Cold Dream Colour journeys through the surreal and powerful imagery inherent in the paintings of Louis le Brocquy, Ireland’s foremost living artist. While honoring this master’s vision, the production stands as its own distinctly original work of art. With the precision and beauty of brushstroke to canvas, painted in light, the dance takes the audience through the physical and emotional complexities of the human landscape in a total engaging theatrical experience.

OGURI- Solo Work
Tours with 1 dancer, 1 musician

Oguri’s dance emphasizes the unpredictable and spontaneous, pulling the audience into uncharted perceptional territory. A master at redirecting the way one sees and encounters the physical environment, he holds his audience spellbound with his adeptness and agility. An intensely fierce performer, his solo work imprints an indelible memory.

Performance Calendar



COLD DREAM COLOUR  The Guggenheim Museum in NYC



COLD DREAM COLOUR  Indianapolis Museum of Art




Please contact the company for further performance details.

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