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Honorary Member – Jo Kanamori

Artistic Director, RYUTOPIA Dance Division
Artistic Director, Noism Company Niigata
Choreographer & Dancer

Jo Kanamori is a Theatre Director, Choreographer and Dancer. He is the artistic director of the RYUTOPIA Niigata City Performing Arts Center Dance Division and its residential dance company “Noism Company Niigata”. Moved to Europe by himself when he was 17 years old, and he studied under Maurice Béjart and others. He performed as a member of the Netherlands Dance Theatre II, the Lyon National Opera Ballet in France and the Gothenburg Ballet in Sweden. He made his debut as director and choreographer aged 20, while enrolled at the Nederlands Dans Theater.After ten years of working for several dance companies in Europe, he returned to Japan in 2002, and established “Noism Company Niigata”, Japan’s first residential dance company of a public art center in 2004. His first self-produced project “no-mad-ic project - 7 fragments in memory” was honored with the Third Asahi Performing Arts Awards in 2003. Based on his extensive experiences abroad, he launched various innovative productions for the company and his caliber has been highly acclaimed.He has won many awards including the prestigious Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sport, Science and Technology Award, the Niigata Nippo Culture Award and the Mainichi Art Award.

Photographer: Kishin Shinoyama

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