Kenta Kojiri Workshop and Dance Performance

Date(s) : June 17 (Saturday), 18 (Sunday), 2017

Time : June 17 (Sat.) 2:00-3:30 pm / June 18 (Sun.) 10:30 am-12:00 pm

Kenta Kojiri, widely acclaimed for his skill in classical ballet, went to Europe at the age of 18. There he launched his professional career, eventually becoming the first male Japanese dancer to join the contemporary dance company Nederlands Dans Theater, which was then under the direction of the internationally renowned choreographer Jiri Kylián. Since 2010, he has been a freelance dancer focusing on self-choreographed works, public performances and educational activities, while continuing to perform in productions in Japan and around the world.

Kenta Kojiri (Dancer / Choreographer)
Kenta Kojiri received the Apprentice Scholarship at the Prix de Lausanne in 1999. He joined Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo and later Nederlands Dans Theater where he danced under the tutelage of the world renowned choreographer Jiří Kylián. From 2010, as a freelance dancer, he was invited to perform with various dancers and companies such as Kylián Productions, Sylvie Guillem, Noism and YCAM. With Rei Watanabe, Kojiri launched “Opto” to pursue activities centered on creation, performance and education. In 2016, he embarked on “Surface and Destroy”, a collaborative project with artists of his own generation, Yoko Sekiyama and Yasuhiro Morinaga. Kojiri has been artist in residence at the Kinosaki International Arts Center, lecturer at the Ballet School of the New National Theater, Tokyo, part-time lecturer at Showa University of Music and lecturer at the Expression-Strengthening Training Camp of the Japan Skating Federation.


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