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Yuko Kaseki

Dorothea Schlegel Artist in Residence, Research Area 2: "Travelling Matters", October – November 2023

Yuko Kaseki has been a director, choreographer, Butoh dancer, performer, improviser and teacher in Berlin since 1995. She studied Butoh dance and performing arts at HBK Braunschweig with Anzu Furukawa and danced in her company Dance Butter Tokio and Verwandlungsamt from 1989 to 2000.

Yuko Kaseki co-founded the dance company cokaseki in 1995. She has been involved in various projects with international musicians, performers and artists. Solo and ensemble performances as well as improvisations took the company to about 30 countries. Those creations are accumulations of poetic and vivid images that incorporate the spirit of Butoh, performance and live art. Her performance aims to reflect the outsider's existence. Her recent interests revolve around physical statements reflected by social viewpoints and diverse lives.

Her collaboration with Theater Thikwa (Berlin), which works with people with a broad range of disabilities, allowed her to redefine the concept of her dance and had a great influence on later activities. Her strong interest in breaking down the limits of physical expression have led and continue to lead to many collaborations with mixed ability artists such as Roland Walter (Berlin), Sung Kuk Kang (Seoul) and Zan-Chen Liao (Taipei).

She was an Artist Fellow at the International Research Center "Interweaving Performance Cultures" at Freie Universität Berlin in 2012-13.

Research Project at EXC Temporal Communities:

Female Embodiment in Myth and in Reality