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Professional Company Class with AXIS Dancers - taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga

Thursday, January 12
Form no Form, taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga
10-11:30 am
$5/class - pay online with card, or cash at the door
Malonga Center, Studio E
1428 Alice St, Oakland, CA 94612

AXIS launches 2017 with professional company class daily at the Malonga Center in downtown Oakland.  Advanced level dancers interested in working in an integrated setting are invited to join us for this limited time offer.  Sign up

Form no Form

Through the repetition of form, we train our bodies to achieve balance, internal and external connectivity and precision. In this workshop, various proposals and exercises are presented that both establish and disrupt physical form to engage the principles that lay underneath our practice. We work rigorously to disrupt and embrace habits. Physical puzzles, deep listening and engaged physical conversations promote attentive listening.

As Artistic Director of the San Francisco-based performance company inkBoat, founded in 1998, Shinichi Iova-Koga creates creating opportunities for collaboration and information exchange.  The company has toured in North America, Europe, South Korea and Japan, often collaborating with local artists in museums, theaters, studios and site specific locations.  His consistent mentors include Anna Halprin (Dance Maker), Ruth Zaporah (Action Theater), Masayuki Koga (Shakuhachi), Ralph Lemon (Dance Maker), Jan Nevelius (Aikido), David Wei (Qi Gong) and Damo Mitchell (Nei Gong).  In the 1990’s, his training and regular performances with Hiroko Tamano and Yumiko Yoshioka left the distinct mark of Butoh Dance upon him.

Under Shinichi’s direction, inkBoat has received 5 Isadora Duncan “Izzie” awards, 3 National Endowment for the Arts grants, 3 Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Andrew, W. Mellon Foundation’s MAP fund grants and many others.  Shinichi was named one of the “25 to watch” in 2008 by Dance Magazine and awarded a “Goldie” by the SF Bay Guardian in 2007.

Shinichi directed “Odd,” a collaboration between AXIS Dance Company and inkBoat and has co-directed works with Anna Halprin, Ko Murobushi, Sten Rudstrøm, Yuko Kaseki, Takuya Ishide and KT Nelson (ODC).

Shinichi is a certified teacher of Action Theater.  His current interest and practice includes Qi Gong, Aikido, Noguchi Taiso, Noh Theater and Shakuhachi.  

In 2007, he and his wife Dana Iova-Koga built and founded the dance studio inkGround in Northern California, running an annual summer workshop, “Dance on Land,” that explores the relationship of wild nature with dance, utilizing the surrounding forests, rivers and ocean-side as new media for the life/dance investigation.  

Shinichi is the co-author of the book “95 Rituals” and has been teaching dance composition at Mills College since 2009.