Yukiko Shinozaki (Japan) studied classical ballet in Tokyo from age 6 to 18. After high school, she moved to the US to study contemporary dance and psychology at Portland State University. From 1993 to 1997 she lived in NYC, where she presented her own work at venues including the Judson Church, St Mark’s Church, and the Merce Cunningham Studio. She also danced in productions by Yasemeen Godder, Raimund Hoghe, Meg stuart, and many others. Since moving to Brussels in 1997, Yukiko Shinozaki created “Breaking through the roof of its house” (2005) and “Inner Horizon” (2005) together with French Visual artist Christelle Fillod, and “hibi” (2007) with Japanese choreographer Un Yamada. For over 20 years Shinozaki has been collaborating with Heine Avdal on several productions.
Shinozaki’s work focuses on internal complexities and contradictions of the body. The process of transformation takes an important role in her movement vocabulary: through subtle shifts and manipulations, familiar actions slowly transform into an unfamiliar realm/landscape. She considers artistic collaborations as an important factor in her work and she consciously integrates coincidental elements that arrive in encounters with different artists and situations. She often works in an intuitive way, yet she is also fascinated by something beyond her imagination.