Curriculum Vitae

GRANTS, AWARDS, CERTIFICATIONS

2021 Japan Arts Foundation Resident Artist
2020 High Concept Labs Fellow 2020~2021
2019 Djerassi Resident Artists Program, awarded John D. and Susan P. Diekman Fellowship
2019 Ragdale Residency
2018 High Concept Labs Spring Sponsored Artist
2017 Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist
3Arts Make a Wave Awardee
Cliffdwellers Arts Foundation Grant
2016 Grandmaster certification (US Performance 10.16.16) Tokyo, Japan
2008, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2020, 2021 Illinois Arts Council Ethnic Folk Arts Master Apprentice Grant
2006 Natori (Attainment of Certified professional stage name): Fujima Yoshinojo

SELECTED PERFORMANCE LISTING (dance unless indicated) (more available upon request)

2020 * = Livestream
Jan 16 Tsukasa Taiko in Concert at Metropolis, Chicago, IL
Mar 3 Velvet Moon vol.148 Mushi Hime Matsuri, at UrBANGUILD, Kyoto, Japan
Apr 18 HotHouse Global Livestream Channel Inaugural Event Chicago, IL
May 15 ACEN (Anime Central) Virtual Dance Presentation Chicago, IL
May 30 AIRMW Channel Inaugural Event* Chicago, IL
Jun 28 AIRMW Shubukai Gaiden Vol. 1 * (production/programming) Chicago, IL
July 10 WZRD FM 88.3 “Contemporary Traditions” radio/internet w/Pranita Nayar
July 26 AIRMW Shubukai Gaiden Vol. 2* (production/programming) Chicago, IL
Aug 09 AIRMW Shubukai Gaiden Vol. 3* (production/programming) Chicago, IL
Aug 12 Ragdale Ring Performance, Lake Forest, IL
Aug 24-Sep 4 Performance Response Journal/ Chicago Dancemakers Forum Embedded Writer for Dancemaker Nejla Yatkin – “The Other Witch” Production
Oct 24 AIRMW Shubukai 44th Annual Performance* Chicago, IL
Nov 7– “Kurokami E{m} urge” 25th Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival* Chicago,IL
Dec 20 Taiko Legacy 17 Livestream, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

2019
Jan. 21,22,23 Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival and Rough House; Immaculate, Poignant, and Medium Length Collaboration w/ Tom Lee & Tatsu Aoki at Links Hall, Chicago, IL
Mar 30 Performance “LinkSircus: Celebrating 40 years” at Links Hall, Chicago,IL
Mar 31 3rd Toyoaki/Shubukai Spring Recital, Elastic Arts (shamisen) Chicago,IL
April 1 Rough House; Nasty, Brutish, and Short: Suji- NBS ver. Links Hall, Chicago,IL
April 6 Panelist for Morrison-Shearer Foundation “Breaking away and Creating Legacy, The Solo Artist”, Chicago, IL
April 27 Matsuri ExhibitPerformance at Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, IN
May 3,4,5 Beyond the Box III: Suji (筋) w/ Tom Lee & Tatsu Aoki, and Tsukasa Taiko
at Links Hall, Chicago , IL
Jun 16 Japan Festival, Chicago Cultural Center (shamisen), Chicago, IL
July 12 Performance “Summer Thoughts” collaboration Calligrapher, Oda Hekiun, Obihiro-Chicago Exchange at Hairpin Arts Center, Chicago, IL
Aug 17 Revitalizing Tradition XIII, High Concept Labs, Chicago, IL
Oct 19 Indigenous Dance Celebration: Inherit Chicago 2019 at Trickster Gallery, Schaumburg, IL
Oct 27 Shubukai 43rd Annual Recital, Ruth Page Art Center (Shamisen) Chicago, IL
Nov 9 Panelist for CrossHatch Symposium ChicagoDanceMakers Forum Chicago, IL
Dec 7 Reduction 7 at Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

CURATORIAL / PRODUCTION HISTORY
2020 Bridge Dance Festival Curator, Livestreamed at Links Hall Chicago, IL
2019 Bridge Dance Festival Curator, Presented at Links Hall Chicago, IL
2019 “Beyond the Box III: Suji”, Collaboration w/Puppet Artist Tom Lee, Tatsu Aoki and music by Tsukasa Taiko at Link Hall, Chicago, IL
2018 “Beyond the Box II: Yu ” w/Natsuki Kubo (Japanese Calligrapher), musicians: Julie A. Miller, Tatsu Aoki’s Reduction Ensemble Links Hall, Chicago,IL
2016/2017 Season Links Hall Curatorial Resident, presenting "Beyond the Box" Series Spring (collaborations w/dancers: Ayako Kato, Lenora Lee) (Collaborations w/sound artist/musicians: Eric Leonardson, Tatsu Aoki, the Reduction Ensemble, the Reduction Quartet, and Jason Roebke) Chicago, IL
2006~2021 Created/Produced “Revitalizing Tradition” Performance Lecture Series
2001 to Present Produced annual fall season performances for Shubukai (previously "Fujima Ryu of Chicago"). This year (2021) Shubukai will celebrate its 45th year.
1995 to Present Performance/Program Coordinator for Fujima Ryu of Chicago (now Shubukai)

TRAINING & TEACHING
2020- Present Japanese Cultural Center Workshops and Training
2006 Began Grandmaster Training (completed 2016)
Training with Shusen Fujima, Shuryu Fujima
Apprenticed to Tatsu Aoki (aka Toyoaki Sanjuro)(Shamisen)
Teaching dance classes, seminars, workshops, dressing /costuming
1993 Became Assistant Instructor for dance seminars, classes, workshops.
1989 Apprenticed to Grandmaster Fujima Shunojo (Japanese Dance)
Education
2001 Midwestern University- MPT
1993 Northwestern University - BA