Kae Ishimoto

Kae Ishimoto started her dance career in 2002, working with choreographer Akiko Kitamura, then became a member of Co. Un Yamada. She has worked with many international artists such as Yuri Ng (Hong Kong), dreamthinkspeak (UK), Amareya Theater (Poland) and Japanese companies such as Pappa tarahumara and Toshiki Okada of Chelfitsch. She began her Butoh dance career under Yukio Waguri and has worked with Natsu Nakajima, Yoshito Ohno, Moe Yamamoto and Minako Seki, among others. In 2011, she performed a solo Butoh dance “Transformation Girl” using the Hijikata method of butoh, in 8 countries in Asia and Europe. Through these diverse performing opportunities, she is attempting to construct an original, genre-less expression that synthesizes various elements and traditions of dance. She and her company Wangnin Bunmei were invited to 21 countries in Asia, Europe and US. As the director of “Perspectives On Hijikata Research Collective (POHRC)”, with Rosa van Hensbergen, she has organized intensive workshops and events in Japan and UK for 7 years, and has been invited as a Butoh teacher to 13 countries such as Hong Kong, Bali and Mexico. Since 2020, she is the current director of Tatsumi Hijikata Archive in Keio University Art Center.

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