a howling flower

Nami Yamamoto

Artist Bio

a howling flower is an exploration of an intricate duality of being. Studying our own parents’ imprints in our bodies and minds, five performers and a puppet create an emotional landscape with their mysterious presence. They detach from and attach to the world they exist in to find a howling flower bloomed in their own world. Comprised of episodic short pieces in which dancers perform solos, duets and trios on a bare stage, the work is rooted in simple, unpredictable movement phrases that are by turns still and explosive. Nami Yamamoto’s creative process is inspired by puppeteers, who often play with their characters as a way to understand them. Similarly, Yamamoto developed a howling flower through structured improvisation and conversation with the dancers and puppeteer.

Dance, Puppetry
Award Year


Nami Yamamoto

New York, NY

Nami Yamamoto’s dances have been presented in New York City at Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, Movement Research at Judson Church, Dancing in the Streets at Wave Hill, and The Kitchen; regionally she has appeared at Jacob’s Pillow and the Philadelphia Museum of the Art. In March of 2002, she premiered her first full length evening multi-media piece Freedumb at Performance Space 122. Since 2000, she has collaborated on two full-length works with Malaysian artist Joyce S. Lim, Wan Dollah, and in/Flux. In 2004, she debuted as a puppeteer in Dan Hurlin’s Hiroshima Maiden. Yamamoto was an artist-in-residence at The Djerassi Foundation, UCLA Asian Pacific Performance Exchange, Brooklyn Arts Exchange and at Dance Wave in Ehime, Japan where she was born and raised.