Mana Kawamura grew up studying dance at the Izumi Kawamura Dance Studio, a dance school her grand mother established in 1953. In 2001 she traveled to Germany to study under Dominique Merci and Malou Airaudo (both members of Pina Bausch Dance Company) at the Folkwang Hochschule, Germany until 2003.
Kawamura then returned to Japan and started dancing as a member of the Izumi Kawamura Dance Company. In Japan she has received first prize at the All Japan Modern Dance Competition in Akita, seventh prize at the national competition in Tokyo, and first prize at the YOKOHAMA competition choreographic department. She has also received a scholarship from the Agency for Cultural Affairs in Japan to further her studies abroad, and traveled to New York in 2006.
In New York City, her choreography has been performed at the DanceNow[NYC] at Dance Theater Workshop, PerformanceMix at Joyce Soho, Danspace@bric at the Bric Studio and Newsteps at Mulberry Street Theater among others.
Kawamura was an artist-in-residence at Dance New Amsterdam, 2010-2011. In addition to her space grant from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, she has also received a space grant to create a new work at Emerging Artist Commissioning Program at STREB Lab for Action Mechanics, 2011.
During the residency at 14 Wall Street, Mana Kawamura will develop into a longer piece the six minute quartet cloudburst, which was premiered in spring of 2010. Additionally, Mana will create a new piece while in residency at 14 Wall Street.
Image credit: courtesy of the artist