Yoshika Shinohe

Dancer (Body Language, M1 Open Stage 1 + DiverCity)

(Japan)

Yoshika Shinohe studied modern dance and contemporary dance under Kazuko Toshima and Shigeyuki Toshima and Akiko Hattori for 15 years. Currently a dancer at Miyako Kato Dance Space and Tabatha, she has danced in many projects, such as Akira Kasai’s Utsurobune, in which she toured with the team to Roma and Palermo, Italy, in 2012, and Hayasasurahime, in which she toured to Mexico to perform in the Festival International Cervantino in 2014.

Besides performing in self-directed shows and collaborations with musicians, composers and video artists, Shinohe has also appeared on stages directed by Ryohei Kondo, Mitsutake Kasai and Kentaro Kujirai and The Bambiest. Her accolades include winning the first prizes in the Sendai Dance Competition 2010 and the Dance Plan 2010, as well as the third prize in the 8th Seoul International Dance Competition.

Together with Kota Kihara, Shinohe and Kihara 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.