KOTA YAMAZAKI / FLUID HUG-HUG
__After closing Yamazaki’s first company, Tokyo-based rosy co., Yamazaki founded Kota Yamazaki/Fluid hug-hug 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. Fluid hug-hug presents Yamazaki’s original works, which can not be categorized in any specific dance form.
__Throughout the company’s diversified repertory, the influence within Yamazaki’s background, butoh, is an artistic key. His choreography carries on that avant-garde spirit, beauty in absurdity and characteristic elements of butoh expression. Most importantly, Yamazaki keeps each dancer’s unique physicality alive and visible through his multi-layered choreography.
__Constant fluidity and sudden bursts of striking gestures are the company’s movement signature. Each performer translates Yamazaki’s complex choreography on one’s own and delivers it with raw energy without fear. By working with visual artists and lighting designers intimately on each project, the company presents visually striking and illusional world where invites viewers to free their imagination.
“Yamazaki’s ability to represent and distinguish a new world is cutting-edge performance”
“Most magical vision I’ve ever seen on a stage”—The Wall Street Journal