KAE ISHIMOTO | JP
Kae is a dancer, director and a choreographer, she was born into a family of traditional Japanese dancers. She began to study jazz dance at age four, and is trained in modern and contemporary dance. Since 2002 she has been working with the famed butoh dancer Yukio Waguri. In 2011, she performed “Transformation Girl” choreographed using the Hijikata method of butoh, in 7 countries in Asia and Europe. Through these diverse performing opportunities she is attempting to construct an original, genre-less expression that synthesizes various elements and traditions of dance. In 2004 she co-created a performance company with 8 musicians called Wangnin Bunmei (“Fool’s Civilization”). She and her company were invited to 13 countries in Asia, Europe and US. Kae is establishing a dance style that blends an Eastern sense of the body with a borderless sensitivity that can express both specific and universal themes.