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Kihako Narisawa has received her professional dance education under David Picken, Jan Nuyts, Pierre Darde, Noriko Araki and Miwako Tadano in Tokyo /Japan, then studied at l'Ecole superieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower /France under the direction of Monique Loudières and performed as a member of Cannes Jeune Ballet while at school. Entered to final year of Codarts Rotterdam (Rotterdamse Dansacademie) /The Netherlands to receive the contemporary dance education under the direction of Samuel Wuersten.


Kihako has started her professional dance career at Fondazione Nazionale della Danza Aterballetto in Reggio Emilia /Italy under the artistic direction of Mauro Bigonzetti (2005-2009), then Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, Thoss Tanzkompanie /Germany under Stephan Thoss (2009-2013), and then Ballet Basel at Theater Basel /Switzerland under the direction of Richard Wherlock (2013-2016.)

where she danced choreographies from, Mauro Bigonzetti, Stephan Thoss, Richard Wherlock, Jiří Kylián, Johan Inger, Ohad Naharin, Itzik Galili, Ed Wubbe, Václav Kuneš, Ton Simons, Adrien BoissonetDouglas Bateman, Jean-Philippe Dury, Walter Matteini, Yuki Mori, Aoi Nakamura, Frank Fannar Pedersen, Eugenio Scigliano, Giuseppe Spota, Medhi Walerski, and more...

She has presented her own choreographies in the young choreographer evenings at Staatstheater Wiesbaden /Germany "silencing" (2011), "glitch" (2012) composed by Masahiro Hiramoto (Tecna Tokyo), and "Room 49" (2013) which was collaborative work and live performance by former electrical music trio Time Trouble by Mario Harlos (Miumi), Moritz Kretzschmar  (Hotel International, STAY) and Kilian Paterson (Hotel International, STAY). "P.S." (2015) the music was composed by Kilian Paterson and presented at Theater Basel /Switzerland.


Kihako started her own project along with Jeremy Nedd, as an art collective sanjugodo in Basel /Switzerland in 2015. sanjugodo has presented some works at Alte Rumfabrik Basel "work in progress", "Finding Translation", "p.s." and "Exchange" (2015), collaborated with performative musician/composer Fabrizio di Salvo as performer, sound design and concept to collaborate for "phóné phainó phoney" (2015), the sculptural costume was designed by Una Cori Lupo at Roxy Birsfelden.

An another art collective nulllos with Sonoko Kamimura in Frankfurt am Main /Germany in early 2016. nulllos has performed their first art/dance work "facet" (2016) at Holzpark Klybeck in Basel. Later nulllos has collaborated with a film maker Andreas Guzman to make a short dance film "No Quarrel" about historical building Waschkaue in Dorsten /Germany and filmed our second work "PhaSe". "No Quarrel" will be a part of the side program and online program of F-O-R-M (Festival Of Recorded Movement) in Vancouver /Canada in June 2017.

She works with an Italian choreographer Alessandro Schiattarella. She was a part of performance, sometimes in the creative process, sometimes as collaboration, "Grooming" (2015) street performance during Tanzfest Basel, an installation "Shared Definitions" (2016) at Kunst Raum Riehen, "STRANO" (2017) at Roxy Birsfelden.

She was called to join a performing arts collective SPORA, founded by an art gallery Altrove, based in Catanzaro /Italy. She collaborated with various artists as playwright,actors, musicians, sound designer, lighting designer and sculptor. She choreographed a Dance-Theater production "studio zero" (2016) at Teatro Politeama Catanzaro /Italy, along with Claudio Costantino to combine dance and theatrical aspects with collaboration of different disciplines.

Kihako also works as a choreographic assistant and as rehearsal director to coach Stephan Thoss choreographies, mainly abroad. At Thoss Tanzkompanie /Germany "Dornröschen (Slepping beauty)" in 2012, at Ballett Basel /Switzerland "Blaubarts Geheimnis" in 2014, Les Grands Ballets Canadien de Montreal /Canada "Heimsuchen (Searching for Home)" in 2016 and 2017.

She demonstrated Mauro Bigonzetti's choreography solo "Rossini Cards" for Prix de Lausanne 2016.


Kihako works as a model for Japanese photographer Sakiko Nomura since 2007. The first photo exhibition "波動 (Hadou)" was held on 2008 in Kobe /Japan at Kobe Fashion Museum. Kihako appears in Sakiko Nomura's photo books "Hadou" (2008), "NUDE/A ROOM/FLOWERS" (2012), and more...

She represented as a performer to re-stage the historical work of Jannis Kounelis "Da inventare sul posto (To invent on the spot)" (1972) at Art Basel 2016 by Gallery Luxembourg and Dayan.

She appears in art installation "Metafore dell'illusione (Metaphor of illusion)" (2016) by Italian sculptor Alessandro Badolato, was presented at Museo d'Arte Contemporanea LIMEN in Vido Valentia /Italy.

She presented as model and dancer in fashion collection "Ritual" (2017) designed by Jacqueline Loekito. Jacqueline as stylist, casted Kihako for the Graduate Show of Doing Fashion 2016 at Institute of Fashion and Design Basel. Kihako performs in their shooting and presentations by different designers which is artistically directed by Priska Morger, Yasmin Haddad and Matthias Waldhart. Performed in "Look Therapy – All Over Over All" (2017) at Kunsthalle Basel.