• Nora Chipaumire
  • Masaru Kakio
  • Kentaro Sato
  • UMU/Mayumi Tanaka
  • ShinBow
  • Atsuko Kiyokawa
  • Chikako Yamashiro
ノーラ・チッポムラ/Nora Chipaumire

photo:Masaki Hirano
(Photographers Brigade Without Borders)

Nora Chipaumire(Choreography and Dancer)

Born in Mutare, Zimbabwe and currently a resident of New York City, Nora Chipaumire has been challenging stereotypes of Africa and the black performing body, art, and aesthetic for the past decade.
She has studied dance in many parts of the world including Africa (Senegal, Burkina Faso, Kenya, and South Africa), Cuba, Jamaica and the U.S. A graduate of the University of Zimbabwe’s School of Law, Chipaumire holds an M.A. in Dance and M.F.A. in Choreography and Performance from Mills College (CA).
Ms. Chipaumire is a 2012 Alpert Award in the Arts recipient and 2011 United States Artist Ford Fellow. She is also a two-time New York Dance and Performance (aka “Bessie”) Awardee: in 2008 for her dance-theater work, Chimurenga, and in 2007 for her body of work with Urban Bush Women, where she was a featured performer for six years (2003-2008) and served as Associate Artistic Director (2007-2008). She is the recipient of the 2009 AFROPOP Real Life Award for her choreography in the film, Nora. She has also been awarded the 2007 Mariam McGlone Emerging Choreographer Award from Wesleyan University Center for the Arts, and a MANCC Choreographic Fellowship in 2007-2008.Recent works include riot(2013) Miriam(2012) The Last Heifer (2012) She has been named a 2015 Doris Duke Artist.

Videos of Nora Chipaumire’s stage performance and interviews!


Masaru Kakio

Dancer/ Choreographer. Born in1973.
Since 2004、Masaru performed at “Ensemble Sonne “presented by Toshiko Oka. Worked as “contact Gonzo ” during 2006-2009. Main works: “Yuugao-No-Hana, Shirokiyuhugure”(2012) composed/ directed by Yuukichi Matsumoto, “Portrait of Myself as My Father” (2014) choreographed by Nora Chipaumire, “sea water”(2014) collaborated work Yuukichi Matsumoto×Jun NGUYEN-HATSUSHIBA×Masaru Kakio, “Syujyutushitu-yori” performed at Dance Archive Project 2015 choreographed by Toshiko Oka, “Saru-to-Mortal” choreographed by Osamu Jareo.


Kentaro Sato

Dancer/ Choreographer. Currently living in Kyoto-City.
Since 2000, Sato started working with Takeshi Yazaki, Osamu Jareo, Setuko Yamada, Akira Hino, and Yujiro Sagami. “Dog”,”Mueser” as solo work. “conductor” and “FIRST SHOW” as duet with Morikawa Hirokazu, and David Wampach. Sato also put efforts on choreographing troupe and organizing workshop for disabled people and youth.


UMU/ Mayumi Tanaka

Sound Artist/ Performing Artist. Since1990, Tanka participated all the works from “pH” to “Voyage” as a member of dumb type. Currently, she is working as a solo unit UMU, mainly based on composing continuous bass multiplex performance and sound installation. Publishing works as JUE AND ANOA, sound unit with Yukinori Maeda, chairman of COSMIC WONDER.



Okinawan Musician. Born1962 in Kunigami, Mtotobu-Town, Okinawa.
Start playing sanshin when he was living at Tokyo ahead of 40 years old.

In 2013 he came back to Okinawa after 35 years of absence.
Currently, he is living at Motobu-Town, Shinzato, Sumigahara with his mother and Mook (a dog).


Atsuko Kiyokawa

Designer/Pattern maker. Born in 1987.
Graduated from Kyoto University of Art and Design Theater Art Department.

At school, Kiyokawa was intrigued by facing human body through clothes, and start making stage costume. After graduation, she entered College of Maronie Fashion Design. The gradation thesis, own brand “atm” awarded School Principle Award.HP


photo:Ryudai Takano

Chikako Yamashiro

Visual artist. Born 1976 in Okinawa.
Main exhibitions: 2008 “OKINAWA PRISMED 1872-2008″ The National Museum of Modern Art (Tokyo), 2010 “Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions: Searching Songs” Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (Tokyo). “MAM Project 018: Chikako Yamashiro” Mori Art Museum Gallery 1(Tokyo) 2012. Future projects: “The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art” (APT8), planning to participate Aichi Triennale 2016 Rainbow Caravan, creating new work.

photo:Masaki Hirano (Photographers Brigade Without Borders)