Choreographic works (Since 2013)

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yane ura (2019)

seams, MFA Spring Show

Vancouver, Canada

A dance work on embodied energies and histories of abandoned objects - whether they are discarded due to malfunction, lost interest or are simply outdated. The work explores personal experiences of attachment, sentimentality and displacement in relationship to commodities and material objects.

Focal Rift (2018)

Can Opener, 1st year MFA showing

Vancouver, Canada

In collaboration with violinist/composer Kouroush Ghamsari-Esfahini and visual artist/painter Cailtin Almond.

Femme Fasade 飾る女 

Originally created in 2013, recreated by students at University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2016 and students/alumni at Mukogawa Women's University in 2018


Preformed in Kobe (Japan) and Greensboro (USA)

Selected work at the All Japan Dance Festival Kobe in 2013

Based on social expectations towards women in Japan, this piece illustrates the emotional conflict I felt moving to the country in my teens after spending my primary years in a western society. There is a famous saying in Japanese "Derukugi wa utareru" (The nail that sticks out gets hammered down). Any deviance is met with resistance, and "Femme Fasade" is an autobiographical piece facing challenges in an unfamiliar society.

Emergency 緊急事態発生

Originally created in 2013, recreated in 2016 and soon to be performed in 2019.

A comical piece illustrating the frustration, impatience and hopelessness everyone must have experienced at least once in their lifetime-- waiting in line for a washroom. Based on movements each dancer have observed in public washrooms and by recalling personal experiences, the piece has been originally developed in Japan and since then has been shown in various settings.

kikoeteimasuka ​きこえていますか

Originally created in 2012, recreated in 2016

Selected work at the All Japan Dance Festival Kobe (Hyogo, Japan) in 2012

Invited to perform at the REVERBdance Festival (New York, USA) in 2016

Based on the afterworld of Japanese Buddhism, this piece explores through spirituality and what is believed to be happening after one's passing. The white transparent cloth representing a spiritual river (River of Sanzu) is believed to be dividing the deceased soul from this present world to the next one.

shimai (2016)

Clala Dance Project

Invited to perform at the REVERBdance Festival (New York, USA) in 2016

In collaboration with Chihiro Nukuto

Inspired by our childhood memories and close relationship with each of our siblings. Despite growing apart over the years, this piece is dedicated to our younger siblings. 

Hungover from my twenties (2016)

Performed in Nishinomiya, Hyogo

A collaboration piece with selected dancers from 10 universities, this piece focuses on social issues of “karoshi” in Japan. “Karoshi”, which can be translated to “over-work death” is occupational sudden mortality mainly caused by heart attacks and strokes due to stress.

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