Miwa Okuno

Choreographer

(Japan)

Miwa started to dance at the age of three. From 2007 to 2009 she was a member of Leni-Basso (a Japanese contemporary dance company) founded by Akiko Kitamura, and her work with Leni-Basso took her to perform outside Japan. Soon after, Miwa started to do solo-work and collaborated with Japanese filmmakers and photographers. In 2013, her solo-work Highlight of Decline in Japan was awarded the French Embassy Prize for Young Choreographers and the MASDANZA prize at the Yokohama Dance Collection EX-2013, Jury prize at the MASDANZA18, and the work was performed in Tokyo, Spain, Panama, Singapore and Malaysia. Miwa’s studies in Indonesian martial arts and yoga form the basis for her choreographies. In 2013, she performed in Coregraphique national de Rillieux-la-Pape, Centre choregraphique national de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussion, and Vivarium Studio/Philippe Quesne in France. She was invited by T.H.E Dance Company in Singapore in 2014 as a choreographer and visual artist, in The Body Speaks. This piece was picked up as “The strongest work at the same night showing” by TODAY newspaper. In 2014, she founded her company N///K with composer Yohey Fujishiro whom she has worked together from 2012 “to create a space which has the image and energy”. Miwa took up Inter-Media Art in order to pursue her work at graduate school of Tokyo University of the Arts in 2015.