After closing Tokyo-based Company, Rosy Co., Yamazaki founded Kota Yamazaki/Fluid hug-hug in New York in 2002 with the mission of traveling, exchanging and exploring. Yamazaki believes that a person is fluid and has to keep flowing, like water, so that the exchange between people from different backgrounds can become easier and freer. The name “Fluid hug-hug” came from this idea of fluidity and meeting people from all over the world. Constant fluidity with striking gestures, Butoh-influenced sensitivity, and awkwardness are the company’s choreographic signature.
The company has been invited to perform at Melbourne International Arts Festival, National University of Singapore, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Portland Institute of Contemporary Arts’ Time-Based Arts (TBA) Festival, Dance Theater Workshop, 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Festival, The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, The Painted Bride Arts Center, Dance New Amsterdam, and Shizuoka Performing Arts Center (Japan) among others. During these years, Yamazaki also has created dance works for national and international dance companies, and received a Bessie (The New York Dance and Performance Award) along with Germaine Acogny in 2007 for the choreography of FAGAALA, presented at Brooklyn Academy of Music and performed by Senegal-based company, Jant-Bi. Recently, Yamazaki was a guest faculty member at Bennington College and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Barnard College of Columbia University.
During his Swing Space residency Kota Yamazaki is choreographing a new work called, Rays of Space, to be performed by five international performers. It premiered at Danspace Project in St. Marks Church December 17-19. The piece was accompanied by an installation from French visual artist, Cécile Pitois, and an original score by Japanese composer, Masahiro Sugaya.
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