KOTA YAMAZAKI / FLUID HUG-HUG was founded in New York in 2002 on the policies; “Traveling, Exchanging and Exploring.” Yamazaki believes that a person is fluid and has to keep flowing, like water, so that exchange between people from different backgrounds can become more easy and free. The name of Fluid hug-hug came from this idea of fluidity and meeting people from all over the world. On each project, performers from different cultural backgrounds or who have undergone different training get together and exchange their own practices, references from their own cultural backgrounds and various movement languages with one another while learning Yamazaki’s somatic practices and approaches to movements in order to create a common understanding among the group. Each project by the company is developed in a close collaboration with artists from different disciplines such as an architect, visual artist, lighting designer and composer. The company has been invited to perform at national and international festivals and theaters such as PICA/TBA Festival (OR), FIAF/Crossing Line Festival, Andy Warhol Museum (PA), Painted Bride Art Center (PA), Miami Light Project (FL), the Dance Center at Columbia College Chicago, North Forth Art Center (NM), Melbourne International Arts Festival (Australia), NUS for the Arts (Singapore), Globalize: Cologne (Germany), Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, 92 Street Y Harkness Dance Festival among others. The company also conductes various kinds of outreach activities including workshop for professional dancers and actors, non-professionals, people with disabilities, teenagers and a performance project for local communities.
“Yamazaki’s ability to represent and distinguish a new world is cutting-edge performance” —Dance Magazine
“Most magical vision I’ve ever seen on a stage” —The Wall Street Journal
"Another magial place" —Off Off Off