Photo: Jessica Schmitt
Photo: Lula-Belle Jedynak
Tomoyo Yamada is an interdisciplinary artist whose primary media are dance and choreography. Born in Japan and educated in the United States, she has spent most of her life traveling between North America and Japan, negotiating distinct cultural identities. Her practice is influenced by her ongoing research into identity politics and her self-reflexive interrogation of transnational cultural difference.
Upon receiving her bachelor’s in Health and Sports Science in 2016, Tomoyo has been presenting works both in North America and Japan, including Dancing on the Edge Festival (Vancouver, Canada), Vines Art Festival (Vancouver, Canada), REVERBdance Festival (New York, USA) and All Japan Dance Festival (Kobe, Japan). She also started translating workshops and creations for dancers invited to Kyoto International Dance Festival (Kyoto, Japan) and since then has assisted many independent artists from around the globe in Japan.
Her works include “Femme Façade”, “kikoeteimasuka”, “Emergency”, and they have been performed/recreated multiple times in Japan, Canada and the United States. She was selected to participate the Winter Intensive at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Greensboro, USA) in 2016 and recreated “Femme Façade” with their students.
Currently a MFA student at the School of Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada) in interdisciplinary art, she creates works shedding light on cultural and social issues around the globe.
Clala Dance Project
Clala Dance Project was co-founded by Tomoyo Yamada and Chihiro Nukuto, both graduates from Mukogawa Women's University located in Hyogo, Japan.
Their works has been presented in various places including the REVERBdance Festival in New York and festivals in Japan.
Chihiro recently graduated The School of Toronto Dance Theatre (Canada) and resides in Japan, and Tomoyo currently lives in Vancouver Canada for her MFA degree at Simon Fraser University.