Choreographer/Dancer (Body Language, M1 Open Stage 1 + DiverCity)
Kota Kihara graduated from the Contemporary Dance and Choreography course at Nihon University of Arts with the President Award, and studied modern dance and contemporary dance under Miyako Katoh and Yuko Kihara. A dancer at Miyako Kato Dance Space and Co. Yamada Un, he has toured with these dance companies to Israel, Malaysia, Beijing, Dominican Republic, Brazil and Japan.
Kihara has also danced in The Red Garden of Gaudi, a work by Emiko Inoue Dance Company in 2016, GQ GABBY in 2015, Kazuhiro Nishijima’s Orochi in 2015 and Matthew Bourne’s Dorian Gray in Japan in 2013.
He has also worked with various other choreographers, besides being a choreographer and a dance teacher in Japan. His accolades include winning the first prize in the 64th and 67th National Dance Competition, the 45th Saitama Dance Competition and the 20th, 22nd and 24th Kobe Dance Competition in Japan.
Kihara has also created a number of solo works, including Pegasus, which premiered in 2014. His work foot, foot step sound and step was also selected for MODAFE 2014 and the Seoul International Dance Festival 2013 in South Korea.
Kihara and Shinohe are a choreographic duo based in Tokyo, focused on creating gender-neutral pieces derived from natural movements of play. As a collective, they have won the 2012 Kobe National Dance Competition, and awarded the Grand Prix at the 2012 Dance Summit in Japan.