During June and July, we will be delivering Japanese contemporary dance performance directly to your room virtually! Yo Nakamura, a marvelous contemporary dancer/choreographer, will be presenting a series of various approaches to your body and mind. In each performance, she will be doing different dances at different locations.
Her stage is full of freedom of expression, including some comical skits, emotional shouting, talking, drawing, and so much more. She boldly mixes her dynamic physical movements with a variety of pop music and other random forms of artwork.
This is going to be her first performance in front of an American audience over her 10 year career! She has been invited and performed in Europe and Asia several times, and has participated in an Avril Lavigne’s music video.
This is a rare opportunity for you to see a live performance by a Japanese artist. It has been months since most theaters in this country have been closed and people are unable to travel internationally.
During this challenging time, we are proud to virtually connect you and bring Yo Nakamura to audiences here in the states. We also wanted to reach out to those who currently live far away from theaters by bringing her artistry into your home. This is something you don’t want to miss.
Yo Nakamura, while working as an assistant, started performing as a dancer in works choreographed by Shuji Onodera, Ryohei Kondo, and Ko Murobushi. Since 2010, she has been choreographing her own repertoire. Using her body as her medium for her dance, she mobilizes all types of performance elements, including music, words, and narratives. She has also developed a workshop program called, “Pop Song Switches,” in which the participants are instructed to dance as characters from popular songs and performs in character in various parts of Japan. In addition to working in the field of contemporary dance, she was a stage director and choreographer for a theater production at New National Theater Tokyo (2013) and for the opera, “NIXON IN CHINA” in Germany (2018) and so on. She is also active in media such as TV commercials and music videos such as Avril Lavigne’s, “Hello Kitty” (Choreographer: Shigehiro Ide). She has also been invited to perform at Sibiu International Theater Festival in Romania, National Theatre Wales’ residency program, “Wales Lab”, and many others.
2012: The NEXTREAM21 Dance Competition’s Jury Award, The First Session Best Award
2013: The Jury Prize and The Sibiu International Theater Festival Prize at Yokohama Dance Collection EX 2013.
2014: The Audience Award at Tokyo / Soul Duo Dance Fes
2016: The 5th The New Face Award of Elsur Foundation
Photo credit: Manaho Kaneko