ABOUT THE ARTIST
Kota Yamazaki was born in Niigata and studied fashion design in Tokyo. He was first introduced to butoh through the teachings of Akira Kasai at the age of 18. He was a finalist in the Platform of Bognolet Competition in France, and then formed his Tokyo-based dance company, Rosy co., where he created original works in collaboration with various artists, including architect Toyo Ito, until its close in 2001. Since Yamazaki moved his base to New York in 2002, his work has been presented nationally and internationally at PICA’s TBA Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival, BAM Harvey Theater, Dance Theater Workshop and NUS for the Arts in Singapore, among others. He has taught at Bennington College, Barnard College at Columbia University, Yotsuya Art Studium, Kyoto Zoukei University and Seoul National University. In 2007, Yamazaki received the New York Dance and Performance Award (“Bessie”) with Germaine Acogny for the choreography of FAGAALA performed by Senegal-based dance company Jant-Bi. Since 2009, he has served as the Director for Body Arts Laboratory and for the Whenever Wherever Festival in Tokyo.