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Honored and proud to be a part of this cohort
Honored to receive the 2023 3Arts Award for Dance

Gratitude and thanks to Links Hall and the talented collaborators that helped to make Beyond the Box V: Imperceptions,
a part of the 2022-2023 CoMission Season

Gratitude and thanks to Links Hall and the talented collaborators that helped to make
Beyond the Box V: Imperceptions,
a part of the 2022-2023 CoMission Season

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Yoshinojo Fujima (aka Rika Lin) is an interdisciplinary artist, dancemaker, and Grandmaster in Fujima-style Japanese classical dance and is part of the postwar Japanese American diaspora. Her process and art springs forth from the complete immersion in traditional practice and then ‘sonar pings’ as questions, challenges, and then fireworks into a coalesced impression. She has performed her original works and as part of many collaborations at Links Hall, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Pritzker Pavilion, and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), where she premiered her full length work Asobi: Playing within Time in 2018. Her works embody her identity and tradition through performance as well as her teaching practice in Japanese classical dance. In 2021 she received the CDF Digital Dance Grant and the CDF Production Residency for her ongoing virtual reality project “Kurokami E{m}Urge, #ChooseYourReality”, which is also nurtured by her time as a Fellow in Residence at High Concept Labs (HCL) (2021-2022), She presented the most recent iteration as part of her ongoing “Beyond the Box” series as a CoMission Fellow at Links Hall in June 2023.

A recipient of a John D. and Susan P. Diekman Fellowship Djerassi Resident Artist (2019), she has also received residencies at Ragdale Foundation (2019) and High Concept Labs (2018), a Links Hall Artistic Associate Curatorial Resident, 3Arts Make a Wave artist, and Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist (2017.) And most recently, recipient of the 3Arts award for dance (2023).

Yoshinojo’s series “Beyond the Box”, launched in 2017, centers on female performers and creatives. Her own dance investigations alter the traditional pedagogy of Japanese dance with humor and subtle transgressions by way of questioning ideas of role and identity. Her collaborative project, Suji: Lines of Tradition, with the puppet artist Tom Lee, was featured as part of the 2019 Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival and Links Hall 40th Anniversary LinkSirkus. In March 2020 she performed in Kyoto, Japan at UrbanGuild as part of the MushiHime Festival, just before the pandemic came into full force. She is a recent Master Apprentice Ethnic Folk Arts Grant recipient, adapting the pedagogy of traditional Japanese Classical dance with her mentor/teacher as the apprentice, and currently (2023) now as a Master. Last year in June (2023) she presented her new work I{m}Perceptions, as her culminating work as a 2023 Links Hall CoMission Fellow.

Currently she is working towards the Spring launch of her 3Arts Project “Spiral Inwards/Outwards” a group dance workshop/performance addressing mental well-being with musical collaborators Nireus, Tatsu Aoki, and experimental dancer Takahiro Tomatsu, and also an iteration of “Feedback” with collaborator Takashi Shallow, anticipated in the summer of 2024.