Kihako has received her dance and art education at l'Ecole superieure de Danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower in Cannes /France, direction of Monique Loudières (2002-2004). She has received a BA certificate specialisation as dancer, Bachelor program of Dance at Codarts  University of the Arts (Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Musiek Dans) in Rotterdam /The Netherlands, under the direction of Samuel Wuersten (2004-2006). Upon completion of her formal dance and art studies, she had the opportunity to work with various creatives in the European dance scene.


Kihako has had engagements as professional dancer and artist with Fondazione Nazionale della Danza Aterballetto in Reggio Emilia /Italy under the artistic direction of Mauro Bigonzetti and then Cristina Bozzolini (2005-2009), Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden ー Thoss Tanzkompanie /Germany under the direction of Stephan Thoss (2009-2013), Ballet Basel at Theater Basel /Switzerland under the direction of Richard Wherlock (2013-2016).


During this time she has had the opportunity to present works in aforementioned companies young choreographer evenings as well independence scene spaces.

She has presented "Studio Zero" (2016) co-choreographed with Claudio Costantino at Teatro Politeama in Catanzaro /Italy for SPORA performing arts. "facet" (2016) as nulllos along with Sonoko Kamimura in Basel /Switzerland. "phóné phainó phoney" (2015) as sanjugodo along with Jeremy Nedd at Roxy Birsfelden, in Basel /Switzerland. "exchange" (2015) as sanjugodo at Alte Rumfabrik in Basel /Switzerland.


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


She has also worked and danced choreographies as well 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, Alessandro SchiattarellaCanan Erek, Vlasova/Pawliza, and more...





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 a textile designer Gwen van den Eijnde. And collaborated with a 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.


Germany ///


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.

SPORA performing arts

Italy ///


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.





She works with a choreographer Alessandro Schiattarella. As assistant with his new creation (2017) at BewegGrund in Bern Switzerland. She was a part of performance as a dancer and performer, and the creative process, sometimes as collaboration, "Grooming" (2015) street performance during Tanzfest, an installation "Shared Definitions" (2016) at Kunst Raum Riehen, "STRANO" (2017) at Roxy Birsfelden.


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 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 on 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.


Also as stated above, with, Sound designer: Kilian Paterson, Fabrizio Di Salvo, Janiv Oron, Masahiro Hiramoto. Fashion designer: Gwen van den Eijnde, Una Cori Lupo...

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