RESCHEDULED Dance Lecture-Demonstration with Mina Nishimura and Kota Yamazaki
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | Mina Nishimura, from Tokyo, was introduced to butoh and improvisational dance through Kota Yamazaki. She has performed with groundbreaking artists in dance, theater, and film such as John Jasperse, SIA, Dean Moss, Neil Greenberg, Vicky Shick and Rashaun Mitchell + Silas Riener. Her own choreographic works have been commissioned by NYU Skirball Center, Danspace Project, Gibney Dance, and Mount Tremper Arts Center, among other dance organizations. She was the danceWEB scholar at ImPulsTanz (Vienna) in 2009, and has been the Artist-in-Residence at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Chez Bushwick, Movement Research, and The Camargo Foundation (France). She has taught at Sarah Lawrence College, Bennington College, UC Davis, Ferris University (Japan) and Movement Research, and is currently an MFA Teaching Fellow at Bennington College. In 2018, Nishimura was named as one of the Best Performers in Dance Magazine. In 2019, she received the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award.
Born in Niigata, Japan, Kota Yamazaki was first introduced to butoh at the age of 18 under the teaching of Akira Kasai. 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 a Bessie Award of 2007, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award of 2013, a NYFA Fellowship of 2016, and a Guggenheim Fellowship of 2018. His latest production, Darkness Odyssey Part 2:I or Hallucination, was nominated for a Bessie Award for Outstanding Production in 2018 and was named as one of the Best Productions of 2017 in Dance Magazine. Yamazaki has been teaching around the world, and most recently, at Sarah Lawrence College (NY) and UC Davis (CA). Yamazaki has been directing and organizing the cross-disciplinary performing arts Whenever Wherever Festival in Tokyo since 2009.