Mina Nishimura

Performer, Japan/US

Mina Nishimura, from Tokyo, was introduced to butoh through Kota Yamazaki. As a performer, she’s been fortunate to work and collaborate with many inspirational artists in theater, dance and film, in most recent years, with Neil Greenburg, SIA, Dean Moss, Kota Yamazaki and Vicky Shick. She’s been on the AIR program at Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Chez Bushwick, Movement Research, and was the 2009 dance Web scholar at Impulse Tanz. Her works have been presented by NYC venues such as The Kitchen, Danspace Project, Mount Tremper Arts, Dance Theater Workshop (current NYLA) and whenever wherever festival (Tokyo). Throughout those years, she’s been teaching at universities and for various communities.

Bladder Inn (and X, Y, Z, W)

"Bladder Inn (and X, Y, Z, W)" is "writing a dance" project. The writing was both a work of literature as well as a dance score, performed by 2-5 dancers. Through this new method of "writing a dance", which evolved from her recent choreographic method of using existing butoh scores, she continued her exploration of how to evoke and choreograph internal landscapes. Having four characters situated in the bladder of this world, the writing explores themes such as the interconnectivity, and ephemeral and eternal elements both in the internal and external realms of our bodies.

Mina was in residence at the Camargo Foundation from April 5 to 30, with support provided by Jerome Foundation and Movement Research.