Celebrating the Japanese Culture through Contemporary Dance


Each work the company presents is rooted in an aspect of the Japanese language and culture. 

Through our new Culture Commissions initiative, we also engage guest artists in research-oriented commissions to create work inspired by the Japanese culture.

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NEWS: U.S.-Japan Friendship Commission, 2019-20 Creative Artist Fellowship

Artistic Director Cameron McKinney and renowned Japanese choreographer Toru Shimazaki will collaborate to produce a 30-minute contemporary dance work for a five person ensemble. The work will be rooted in an embodiment of the personal histories of dancers both in the United States and Japan, and is meant to resonate on a deeper level with the dancers of both casts. McKinney will travel to Kobe to work with Shimazaki's dance company, Dance Barbizon, then return to New York to work with his dancers. The work will then be performed in Tokyo in summer 2020. By specifically focusing on the connection between United States-based artists and Japanese artists, the work will portray the bond of friendship that has developed between the two nations over the last several decades by accenting the similarities between the two seemingly disparate cultures.

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MISOGI: New Work Premiere on Sept 27! 


We're excited to announce the premiere of a new work, MISOGI, on Sept 27th at Last Frontier NYC as part of the WE ARE NATURE Roof Top Event Series, a co-production by NOospherearts & Create:ART!! We're even more excited to keep fighting for live performance, in a safe and healthy way.

We're getting wet for this one... it's going to be a wild time. Mark your calendars. 
Created and performed responsibly with masks and through virtual and outdoor rehearsals.

Photos by Effy Grey
Sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of NYDCA and administered by Brooklyn Arts Council

Jacob's Pillow Choreography Fellowship

We are excited to share that Artistic Director Cameron McKinney is one of the eight incredible artists who has been selected for the 2020 Ann & Weston Hicks Choreography Fellows Program at The School at Jacob's Pillow!

This program guides the choreographic development of 8 Fellows in evolving their own choreographic research and development process – a core element of the Jacob's Pillow mission to support dance creation. They are mentored and supported through creative development time in the studio by Program Directors Dianne McIntyre & Risa Steinberg.

© 2019 by Cameron McKinney / Kizuna Dance