Born in Niigata, Japan, Kota Yamazaki was first introduced to butoh under the teaching of Akira Kasai at the age of 18 after trained as a music conductor, then graduated from Bunka Fashion College with BA in Fashion Design.
Born in Niigata, Japan, Yamazaki was first introduced to butoh under the teaching of Akira Kasai at the age of 18. With the invitation from Germain Acogny to create a work FAGAALA in collaboration with her Senegal-based company, Yamazaki disbanded his Tokyo-based company rosy co., which he led from 1995-2001. Since 2003, Yamazaki with New York-based Fluid hug-hug has been presenting work nationally and internationally. Yamazaki is a recipient of the Bessie Award of 2007, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists award of 2013, NYFA Fellowship of 2016, and Guggenheim Fellowship of 2018. Yamazaki has been teaching around the world, and most recently, at Sarah Lawrence College (NY) and UC Davis (CA). He also has been the Director of Body Arts Laboratory and organizing the cross-disciplinary performing arts Whenever Wherever Festival in Tokyo since 2009. Yamakazi was a guest artist at Bennington during the spring of 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2014 and returns as a visiting faculty member for Spring 2020.