Maho Ogawa

Maho Ogaway, photo by Ron Nicolaysen

Maho Ogawa is a Japanese born multidisciplinary movement artist working in NYC since 2011. Her work has delved into building a choreographic language based on nuances and isolated movements of the body that she has built a database, “Minimum Movement Catalog“. She uses body, video, text, computer programming, and audience-participatory methods to discover how relationships and the environment affect individual bodies consciously and subconsciously.

Ogawa’s works have been shown in Asia at Korea & Japan Dance Festival (Seoul), Za-Koenji (Tokyo), Whenever Wherever Festival (Tokyo), Tokyo Culture Creation Project (Tokyo), and at various NY venues including The Invisible Dog Art Center, Center for Performance Research, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Domestic Performance Agency, Industry City Distillery, Emily Harvey Foundation, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, and New York University Grey Gallery. Ogawa participated in art residency programs including LEIMAY fellowship, LiftOff, and received art grants from Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Abrons Arts Center, and Arts Council Tokyo, etc. As a performer, she has worked for Ursula Eagly, Athena Kokoronis, Mina Nishimura, Andrea Haenggi, Clarinda Mac Low, Abigail Levine, and collaborations with experimental musicians such as Dafna Naphtali, Tomoko Hojo, and Elliott Sharp. Maho is a 2023 Culture Push Associated Artist.

s – silence
Maho Ogawa presents a work for three dancers enacting gestures of the Japanese tea ceremony as choreography. Inspired by John Cage’s “silence”, the gestures are composed with sets of “pauses”,  inquiring about what you see when dancers don’t move, providing a meditative spiritual experience for both audiences and performers.