• Name Yuko Kaseki
  • Country Japan

Yuko Kaseki Butoh dancer, choreographer and teacher, based in Berlin since 1995. She studied Butoh dance and Performing Art in HBK Braunschweig with Anzu Furukawa and danced in her company Dance Butter Tokio and Verwandlungsamt in 1989-2000.

in 1995, Yuko Kaseki and Marc Ates founded the dance company cokaseki. cokaseki is as an ensemble for performative research around dance, visual arts and experimental music in live events and improvisations at theater, gallery, site specific space, and film… Since then various members have been part of the group in different roles and changing creative responsibilities. Collaborations have been taking place in numerous international projects with performers such as Christine Bonansea, Sherwood Chen, Jule Flierl, Shinichi Iova Koga, Minako Seki, Lisa Stertz, Valentin Tszin, Teo Vlad, musicians such as Antonis Anissegos, Kriton Beyer, Audrey Chen, Kirikoo Des, Axel Dörner, Emilio Gordoa, miu, Sasha Pushkin, Olaf Rupp, SEQUOIA, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Xenon, and visual artists such as , Nikhil Chopra, Morvarid K, Sarane Lecompte, Arata Mori, Justin Palermo, Chiharu Shiota, Peter Zach, and more.

Solo and ensemble performances, collaborations, and improvisations are performed throughout Europe, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Australia, Georgia, Russia, India, Burkina Faso and the USA.

These works are accumulations of poetic and vivid images that incorporate the spirit of Butoh, and her performance aims to reflect the outsider’s existence.

Her strong interest about breaking border of physical expression, leads to projects with artists with mixed ability such as Theater Thikwa (Berlin), Roland Walter (Berlin), Sung Kuk Kang (Seoul), Zan-Chen Liao (Taipei).

Yuko Kaseki performs and organizes improvisation series “AMMO-NITE GIG” (Vol.1- 48 and on going) with international performers and musicians since 2004.

Collaboration with AmaTerraz with Teo Vlad (Berlin), inkBoat (San Francisco), CAVE (New York), Tableau Stations (San Francisco), improvisation duo with Antonis Anissegos (Berlin), ITAKO with Kazuhisa Uchihashi (Berlin), Poema Theater (Moscow), Theater Salad (Seoul) and many others.

She was an artist fellow at Interweaving Performance Culture, Internationa Research Center, Free University, Berlin, 2012-2013.

Artist in Residency Project in HH Art Spaces (India), Taipei Artist Village (Tawian), Treasure Hill Artist Village, Hweilan (Tawian), International Artists Workshop (Tawian), Neue Künstlerhaus Lukas (Germany), Robert Willson Watermill Center (USA), Headlands Center for the Arts (USA), Center for contemporary Art Ujazdowski (Poland), CESTA/ Cultural Exchange Station, (Czech Republic).

– “Ame to Ame” received “the Best Ensemble Performance” and nominated “Best Choreography”, – “Best Composition”, “Best Visual Design”, Isadora Duncan Dance Award 2004 in San Francisco, USA.
– “c(H)ord” collaboration with inkBoat received “Out standing Achievement in Performance-Company”, Isadora Duncan Dance Award 2009 in San Francisco, USA
– “Tooboe” nominated “Outstanding Production”, The Dora Mavor Moore Awards 2007 in Toronto, Canada.
– “To” collaboration with Tableau Stations nominated “no-ballet, International Dance Competition 2012”, Ludwigshafen, Germany.
– “Let My Fish Loose” nominated “no-ballet, International Dance Competition 2007”, Ludwigshafen, Germany.
– “Kudan” nominated “Toyota Choreography Award 2004” in Tokyo, Japan.