Nami Yamamoto, from Matsuyama, Japan, holds an MA in Dance Education from New York University and a BA in Physical Education from Ehime University. Her work has been funded by Creative Capital, Jim Henson Foundation, Suitcase Fund from Dance Theater Workshop, and others. She has been nurtured and inspired by her residency experience at Movement Research, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, and Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography. Her work, Headless Wolf (2017) received The New York Dance and Performance Awards, (the Bessies) for outstanding production. While her studio creation was on pause in 2020, she has created dance films, powerless creature keeps going… documented at East River Park. In 2021, she is a Gibney DiP Resident Artist and an Artist in Residence in at Center for Performance Research to develop her piece, Trooper’s Brother. Nami enjoys teaching dance at NYC public schools through Dance Makers Program at Movement Research.
powerless creature keeps going…(working title)
Nami Yamamoto’s powerless creature keeps going…(working title) is an exploration of dancing at the East River Park during the pandemic and her studio work Trooper’s Brother, which was completely on pause in 2020. She will bring two different elements of her practice together—apply, combine, adapt, and discover a new normal way to bring dance to performance. Yamamoto is a 2020–21 NDA LiftOff Resident Artist.
Thank you thank you and thank you to everyone who made this residency (Black Artist Space to Create) possible. These past two weeks have been a blessing! Not only have I been able to deepen my own personal/artistic practices, I was given the space to connect with people that I love! I was given space to reflect on love, and to prepare for what this next year (2021) will bring! Shout out to New Dance Alliance, Modern Accord Depot and Angie Pittman for the time, the space, and opportunity! I am forever grateful! It felt like a good meal, with dessert!
– Johnnie Cruise Mercer
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