Japan Cultural Envoy FY2016
Choreographer, Dancer
  • Worked in Israel, Georgia, Estonia, Algeria, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Spain, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Australia and the United States
  • Active Period:From March 29 to September 30, 2017
  • Birthplace:Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture
  • Birth:1969

After training in gymnastics, ballet and Butoh, Un Yamada started her career as a dancer and a choreographer. She has been actively releasing new works through her own contemporary dance company, which is rare in Japan, and attracting attention nationally and internationally. In addition to collaborations within the fields of music, fine arts, literature, academia, fashion and traditional performing arts, she also choreographs dancers appearing in dramas and operas, as well as rhythmic gymnasts. She contributes to the nurturing of the world’s best professional dancers through the choreography of her own repertory productions on the invitation of national universities of arts and dance academies in Asia and the Middle East.

1996 Released the first work as a choreographer
1998 Started her career also as a solo dancer
1999 Selected as a trainee under the national internship program sponsored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs
2000 Won “the French Embassy Prize for Young Choreographer” in the Solo × Duo Competition of the Yokohama Dance Collection, and moved to France
2002 Established her own dance company, Co. Un Yamada
2013 Choreographed, produced and danced “Un Yamada Solo Dance DICTEE” performed in Beijing
2014 Choreographed and produced her workshop works titled “Nightingale” and “The Wedding” performed in Beijing
Received the 8th Japan Dance Forum Award
Designated the East Asian Cultural Exchange Envoy in FY 2014
2015 Received the New Face Award in the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Art Encouragement Prize in FY 2014
2016 Double-bill performance by Co. Un Yamada: the Malaysian version of “one◆piece” and the Japanese version of “The Rite of Spring”


[Major Overseas Festivals Inviting Co. Un Yamada]

European Capital of Culture in 2007: Sibiu, Romania, European Capital of Culture in 2006: Patras, Greece, IN TRANSIT (Berlin), TANT IM AUGUST (Berlin), Indonesian Dance Festival (Jakarta), Chang Mu International Dance Festival (Seoul), Asia-Europe Dance Forum (Singapore), and Dance with Japan (Israel)

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