I create performances that explore the socio-political possibilities of transformation and empathy. I feel like these emotions are portals which are most important to the nature of being human. Rooted in a physical and linguistic body, my performances occupy an interdisciplinary setting where spaces of ontology, philosophy, musicology, science, and perhaps even the supernatural can come together and find ways to ways to be alongside one another.
My works have been invited throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, China, Japan, and since 2012, actively throughout Europe. My first work Float, premiered at La Mama in New York and was later acquired by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Since Float, I've focused on longer, more experimental works, creating Blue Marble (Kampnagel, Hamburg), Monument (Dansateliers, Rotterdam), Bridge (tanz_haus, Salzburg), Supernatural (Mt. Tremper Arts, NY), Echologue (Joyce Theater, NY), The Clean State (Sadler's Wells Finalist, London) and Sound Memory (Danspace Project, NY), which was selected as "Best of 2009” for Dance by Time Out New York.
Other commissions/presentations include: AUNTS/American Realness Festival, PS 122, Movement Research, Tangente (Montreal), Bates and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festivals, as well as Uferstudios (Berlin), Dansehallerne (Copenhagen), La Briqueterie CDC du Val-de-Marne (Paris), Dance Ireland (Dublin), and i-dance Festival (Hong Kong), amongst others. I've been supported as an Artist in Residence at K3 Tanzplan Hamburg, Joyce SoHo, Springboard Danse in Montreal, Middlebury College, and Bates Dance Festival. In 2012, I was a danceWEB scholar at the Impulstanz Festival in Vienna, where I was mentored by and worked with Robin Poitras and Benoît Lachambre. I was a 2015 US/Japan Creative Artist Fellow, where I studied Butoh with Kota Yamazaki and at the Kazuo Ohno Studio in Yokohama.
I have been fortunate to perform with the Staatstheater Kassel Tanztheater under Johannes Wieland and be a founding member of his company. I performed in numerous works, notably the duet Shift, which won the Kurt Jooss Award in 2004. During that time (2002-2008), I was also a founding member of Larry Keigwin's company and additionally worked with Shapiro and Smith, Lar Lubovitch, Doug Elkins, Eun Me Ahn, Kevin Wynn, and the Metropolitan Opera with Doug Varone. Since then, I have worked with Wally Cardona, Steve Paxton, Christopher Williams, Irish Modern Dance Theater with John Scott, Erik Kaiel, Deufert & Plischke, Daria Faïn, Takahiro Yamamoto, Cecilia Rowlson-Hall, and continue to collaborate with Jocelyn Tobias, Jeanine Durning and Kota Yamazaki. In 2018, I received a New York Dance and Performance 'Bessie' Award Nomination for Sustained Achievement in Performance.
As a half Japanese, half American artist, I was born in Tokyo, Japan and was raised in Northern California. I attended the Idyllwild Arts Academy and later studied Asian Cultural Studies, dance, and documentary film at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, spending a semester abroad at SEAD-Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, in Salzburg, Austria. In 2012, I completed the ArtEZ master of choreography program (formerly EDDC, European Dance Development Center) in Arnhem, Netherlands and in 2019, received my MFA in Dance from the University of the Arts Philadelphia.