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Emiko Agatsuma

Emiko Agatsuma is a versatile artist recognized for her role as a Butoh* dancer, choreographer, and Art Director at AGAXART, a platform dedicated to nurturing Butoh talent in Japan.

She received the Best Young Artist award from the Japan Dance Critics Association in 2015 and was selected to represent Japan at the 39th annual Battery Dance Festival in New York City in 2020. Her international acclaim stems from her innovative approach to Butoh, blending her unique method and aesthetics to create groundbreaking performances.

Emiko's dance journey began after graduating from Tokyo's Waseda University in 1999, when she joined Dairakudakan, one of Japan's largest Butoh companies, founded by Akaji Maro. For two decades, she played a central role in every Dairakudakan production.

In 2014, she showcased her versatility as a performer and director in Tokyo's Kochuten Theatre and was invited to perform at the Japan Culture Center in Paris in 2015.

Emiko's commitment extends to teaching Butoh. In 2018, she served as a Butoh instructor at Shinehouse Theatre in Taipei, Taiwan, and conducted workshops at institutions such as Waseda University, Taipei National University of the Arts, Tainan National University of the Arts, and Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore.

In 2020, she was an artist-in-residence at Taipei Artist Village, where she presented "Future Temple." Her international recognition continued to grow with performances at the Tjimur Arts Festival in Taiwan and the Battery Dance Festival in New York City. She also contributed as a choreographer and performer in "The Whisper of the Waves" by Shinehouse Theatre in Taiwan.

Emiko Agatsuma's journey reflects her dedication, creativity, and profound impact on the world of Butoh and contemporary dance.


Butoh*
- a dance genre that was born in Japan in the 1960s as a reaction to Western modern dance. It has Asian dance philosophy, and it has been influencing dancers and artists all over the world.

Artist resume

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Education

B.A. in Arts in Literature, Waseda University- Tokyo, Japan 1999

Award

2015        Received the Japan Dance Critics Association’s Best Young Artist Award.

Invitation

2020        39th Annual Battery Dance Festival, New York, USA

2020        Tjimur Arts Festival, Taiwan

2019-2020 “艋舺國際舞蹈節 / Want to dance festival, 2020” in Taipei, Taiwan

​2015        Maison de la Culture du Japon à Paris, France

Director, Choreography and Performance Works

2024

  • "The TREE" Organized by Tokyo Metropolitan Government/Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Directed by Maki Peyounne 

  • "LADDER" Organized by AGAXAT and Miya Turnbull at Bus Stop Theatre (Halifax, Canada)

  • "The Whisper of the Waves" Organized by Shinehouse Theatre, Prague Fringe Festival (Czech Republic)

  • "Otera-Odori-Ocha Session 5" at SHUHALLY, Yokohama 

2023

  • "Dancing SENTO" Organized by AGAXAT, Sumi-Yume Executive Committee, Co-organized by Sumida ward

  • "The Whisper of the Waves" Organized by Shinehouse Theatre, Europe tour (Lithania, Germany)

  • ​"TEN PEN CHI YO" Produced by PAKU PAKU AN, at Myorenji temple (Kyoto)

  • "誰そ彼 Who is he? Twilight zone" in “艋舺國際舞蹈節 / Want to dance festival, 2023” in Taipei

2022

  • "HOKUSAI MANGA BUTOH" Organized by AGAXAT, Sumi-Yume Executive Committee, Co-organized by Sumida ward

  • "The Whisper of the Waves" Organized by Shinehouse Theatre at Edinburgh Festival Fringe

  • Japanese Butoh and Taiwanese Theatre international collaboration "日日是好日” at Wan Theatre, Taipei

  • ​"虫めづる姫君 The lady who loved insects" in Tokyo

2021

  • "三つ巴" Organized by Shinonome Butoh at Boat Theatre, Yokohama

  • "Otera-Odori-Ocha Session 4" at SHUHALLY, Yokohama in YPAM

  • Virtual Tour and Online performance "Otera-Odori-Ocha Session 3"

  • ​Presentation "日日是好日 | A Perfect Day" in Taipei

  • Presentation "The Whisper of the Waves Ⅱ" Organized by Shinehouse Theatre in Taipei

  • Online performance "Temple Dance, This Dance" in TPAM and Edinburgh Festival Fringe

2020

  • "The Whisper of the Waves" Organized by Shinehouse Theatre in Taipei

  • "Future temple" in 39th Annual Battery Dance Festival, New York

  • “Birthday" in Tjimur Arts Festival, Taiwan

  • "Future Temple" in Tjimur Arts Festival, Tawian

  • “Butoh presentation” in “艋舺國際舞蹈節 / Want to dance festival, 2020” in Taipei

  • "Future temple" in Treasure Hill Artist Village Taipei

2019

  • "Otera-Odori-Ocha" at Vanryu-ji, temple in Tokyo

  • “Butoh presentation” in “艋舺國際舞蹈節 / Want to dance festival, 2019” in Taipei

2018

  • “Pirate meets Golden tribe” in Street performance festival in Tokyo, Nagoya

2017

  • “Dancing PLANETS” (Music by Jeff Mills) at Dairakudakan studio “Kochuten” in Tokyo

2016

  • “Dancing Maharaja Tea Party” in “天祭一○八”, Zoujyou temple in Tokyo

2015

  • “Niku- no-uta” at Maison de la Culture du Japon à Paris, France

  • “Niku-no-uta” at Dairakudakan studio “Kochuten” in Tokyo

2014

  • The premier performance “Niku-no-uta” at Dairakudakan studio “Kochuten” in Tokyo

2010 

  • The premier performance “Bonnoh-kakeru” at Dairakudakan studio “Kochuten” in Tokyo

2006

  • The premier performance “Tentai-no-Zoo” at Dairakudakan studio “Kochuten” in Tokyo

 

Other Choreography Works

2021

  • Film 文字結構劇場「詩、影像、劇場」(曉劇場)

2018​

  • Movie “Shell and Joint” directed by Isam Hirabayashi

  • Movie “検察側の罪人” directed by Makoto Harada

2017​

  • TV “Tensai-terebi-kun-YOU” NHK Etelevision

2016

  • “Yawaraka-na-kagura” directed by Kunio Sugihara at Rohm theatre Kyoto in Kyoto

2011

  • “Gegege-no-ge” direated by Eri Watanabe at Za-Kouenji in Tokyo

 

Films and Other Performance Works

2023

  • Film "Root 29" Directed by Yusuke Morii

  • Film "THE DAY OF THE FISH" Directed by Miguel Angel Moulet Morales(EL NAVEGANTE FILMS, Peru)

2017​

  • Music video “Planets” Directed by Jeff Mills

  • TV “Tensai-terebi-kun-YOU” NHK Etelevision

2015

  • TX “GARO-GOLD STORM” Ddirected by Keita Amamiya

2014​

  • “Kami-naki-kuni-no-kishi” Directed by Mansai Nomura at Setagaya-Public-theatre in Tokyo,

2013

  • WOWWOW TV “Kanata-no-ko”

2012

  • Film “Kotoko” Directed by Shinya Tsukamoto

  • Film “Ai-to-Makoto” Directed by Takashi Miike

2011​

  • TX “GARO-MAKAISENKI” episode10

2010 ​

  • Film “Kazura” Directed by Renpei Tsukamoto

2006​

  • TX “GARO” episode 16

2005

  • Theatre performance “Kaze-Kairou” Directed by Eri Watanabe at Setagaya-Public-theatre in Tokyo

2004

  • Theatre performance “Kyou-fu-ki” Directed by Tetsu Shiomi in Art Sphere in Tokyo

 

As Butoh Instructor

2023    Lasalle College of the Arts (Singapore)

2020    Taipei National University of the Arts and Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan

2019    Tainan National University of the Arts

2018-   For professional dancers and performers in Taiwan and Japan

2016-2018    For professional actor and actress at Ikebukuro art theater academy, Japan

2011-2012    Arts department, Yokohama international school, Japan

2005-2019    Dairakudakan Butoh Summer Camp, Japan

List of media appearances

​2022/2/10 朝日新聞夕刊

https://www.asahi.com/sp/articles/DA3S15201358.html

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