Yasuko Yokoshi

Artist Bio

Shuffle explores the choreographer’s family history in relation to Japanese mythology and Shinto Buddhism. Inhabiting both contemporary and mythical characters, Yokoshi uses the Japanese creation story of Kojiki as a way to understand the significance of the disappearance of several of her own ancestors in sea disasters. Set in New York City, Shuffle moves fluidly between East and West, between the personal and global, humor and pathos, evoking the multiple perspectives of Yokoshi’s transcultural experience. This work integrates film and video by Dean Moss, set and props by Mayumi Hayashi, and sound design by Stephen Vitiello.

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Yasuko Yokoshi

Yasuko Yokoshi

New York, NY

Born in Hiroshima, Japan, Yasuko Yokoshi has been a contemporary dance choreographer based in New York City for over 20 years. Yokoshi’s works have been presented at festivals and theaters nationally and internationally, including the Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music/651 Arts Center, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Danspace Project, Taipei Theater, Festival A/D Werf (Holland), Festival Sommer SZENE (Austria), Frascati Theater (Holland) and Korea-Japan Dance Festival in Seoul and Tokyo. Yokoshi’s works have been supported by several foundations and institutions, including the Foundation for Contemporary Art and the National Performance Network. Yokoshi has been an associate curator at The Kitchen since 2004 and served as a guest curator at St. Spot in Yokohama, Japan. She holds a BA from Hampshire College, where she studied contemporary dance, and studied acting and directing at Experimental Theater Wing at New York University. Yokoshi holds a first degree black belt in Kendo, a Japanese martial art.