Kihako Narisawa directs an interdisciplinary art research, project, and collective work, to share a mutual appreciation for experimental performative works that bend and challenge genre.

Striving to develop work that reflects this ideal through connecting and collaborating with artists and designers from various avenues of creativity. Allowing the possibility for new influence and exchange to direct the creative process experience which construct identities, concepts and experiences to communicate with.

The work is a challenging act, to investigate into spatial and social behaviour pattern which come from its cultural background, expertise and experience, to question about verbal and non-verbal communication.

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Born in Tokyo, Japan, migrated to Europe in 2002. Kihako Narisawa is a physical performing artist, choreographer, dancer and teacher. She studied at l’École supérieure de danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower in France from 2002 to 2004 after her primary dance education and training in Japan, then has received her B.A. degree certificate in art, specialisation as professional dancer in 2006 at Codarts in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

She has started her professional career in 2002 with Cannes Jeune Ballet. From 2005 to 2009 she was a part of Fondazione nazionale della danza Aterballetto in Italy under the direction of Mauro Bigonzetti, from 2009 to 2013 in Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden in Germany under the direction of Stephan Thoss, from 2013 to 2016 in Ballett Basel at Theater Basel under the direction of Richard Wherlock. During this time she has had the opportunity to present works in aforementioned companies young choreographer evenings as well independence scene spaces. She became a freelance since 2016.

She has started her conceptual project named FIGURATIVE to investigate into non-verbal and verbal communication in 2017. Actively working on her projects in the theatres, as well in different media, collaborating with independent choreographers, artists and designers, receiving some opportunities of artist in residence to keep researching on the concept and develop into performances and creative methods. Her FIGURATIVE was supported by the Hessisches Staatsballett – Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden and Staatstheater Darmstadt, the Braswell Arts Center in Basel, invited to the residency programme at the Centre Choreographique Circuit-Est by the Goethe Institut in 2018. The residency at Frankfurt LAB Germany is scheduled in November-December 2019, and at Roxy Birsfelden Switzerland in Spring 2020.




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Please use the e-mail address written above to contact. The performative projects and workshops explore an emphasis on experimental process, foundational studies into concept, and find better understanding on how physical movement and physical space could be translated across different media, using contemporary dance methods and aspects to twist and develop the idea.