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.



current project
[BETA] – Ziel Zukunft Biennale Basel [upcoming: July 2019]
Symposium (working title /new creation) [upcoming October 2019]

choreography / performance direction
re/cognition (2018)
within arm’s length (2018)
into the why IV. (2018)
into the why II. (2017)
Studio Zero (2016) co-chgph. with Claudio Costantino
PhaSe (2016)
facet (2016)
phóné phainó phoney (2015) co-chgph. with Jeremy Nedd
P.S. (2015)
Exchange (2015) co-chgph. with Jeremy Nedd
finding translation (2015) co-chgph. with Jeremy Nedd
P.S. (2015)
Room 49 (2013)
glitch (2012)
silencing (2011)

choreographic assistance / production assistance / outside eye
The Ecstatic – chgph. Jeremy Nedd (2019)
ONE AT A TIME. – chgph. Alessandro Schiattarella (2018)
An Excerpt of a Concept on Ritual and Monotony – chgph. Max Levy (2018)

installation / performance art
Flow Pressure (2019) group project of Masterstudio
into the why III. (2017)

Have I ever spoken properly? (2017) co-direction with De-Da Productions
into the why (2017) co-direction with De-Da Productions
No Quarrel (2016) co-direction with Andreas Guzman

photo exhibition
line (2017) MUKU Frankfurt am Main DE
tears surface away (2010) Kawasaki Art Center JP

lighting design
Follow Me – chgph. Anthony Ramiandrisoa (2014)
ABI/TIAMO – chgph. Giuseppe Spota (2012)

performing in installation / exhibition / performance
An Homage (2018) Jeremy Nedd / Palais de Tokyo Paris FR
LOOK Therapy – All Over Over All (2017) doing fashion / Kunsthalle Basel CH
Metafore dell’illusione (2016) Santo Alessandro Badolato / Museo d’Arte Contemporanea LIMEN IT
Da inventare sul posto (2016) Jannis Kounellis / Art Basel CH
Shared Definition (2016) Alessandro Schiattarella / Kunst Raum Riehen CH
Hado (2008) Sakiko Nomura / Fashion Museum Kobe JP

lecture / workshop / teaching / repertiteur
Ballett des Hessischen Staatstheater Wiesbaden
Hessisches Staatsballett
Ballett Theater Basel
Ballettschule Theater Basel
Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Basel FHNW
Masterstudio HGK FHNW
Braswell Arts Center
Mika Yuasa Ballettstudio
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal
Profitraining Tanz Büro Basel

choreographer’s creation / repertoire
Douglas Bateman
Mauro Bigonzetti
Adrien Boissonnet
Alejandro Cerrudo
Jean-Philippe Dury
Canan Erek
William Forsythe
Itzik Galili
Johan Inger
Václav Kuneš
Jiří Kylián
Walter Matteini
Yuki Mori
Ohad Naharin
Aoi Nakamura
Jeremy Nedd
Frank Fannar Pedersen
Alessandro Schiattarella
Eugenio Scigliano
Ton Simons
Giuseppe Spota
Stephan Thoss
Medhi Walerski
Ruochen Wang
Richard Wherlock
Ed Wubbe

dance company / theater
Ballett Basel – Theater Basel (2013-2016) under dir. Richard Wherlock
Thoss Tanzkompanie – Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden (2009-2013) under dir. Stephan Thoss
Fondazione nazionale della danza Aterballetto (2005-2009) under dir. Mauro Bigonzetti / Cristina Bozzolini
Cannes Jeune Ballet (2002-2004) under dir. Monique Loudiéres

education - professional training
B.A. Codards – Rotterdamse Dans Akademie (2004-2006)
l’École supérieure de danse de Cannes Rosella Hightower (2002-2004)
Jan Nuyts – summer / winter – dance seminar (2000-2003)
Royal Ballet School Intensive (1999)
ACADEMY of BALLET – Noriko Araki Ballet School (1996-2002)
Masahiro Okada Ballet Studio (1994-1996)