Photo: Sadato Ishizuka

Kaiji Moriyama


Dancer/choreographer. After being named “one of this year’s most talented dancers” at the 2001 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, he began presenting dance works that he produced, choreographed and performed himself. Since Yuzuru in 2001, Moriyama has earned recognition and praise for works including KATANA and Yoroboshi worlds of unique expression that make use of Japanese materials and elements. In 2007, he was invited to participate in the Venice Biennale. Moriyama has received three awards, including the New Artist Award by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology at the National Arts Festival, for The Universe of Mandala, first performed in 2012. He was the main performer in the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Sports Festival 2013, and a 2013 Japan Cultural Envoy of the Agency for Cultural Affairs. Moriyama has presented LIVE BONE a joint project with Kozue Hibino and Kohske Kawase, in over 20 cities in Japan and other countries, and he is active in a wide range of genres and media including theater, films and advertisements.

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