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Yumi Umiumare
Yumi Umiumare
Contemporary | Dance | Film | Installation | Mixed Media | Performance   (VIC)

From her many performances of her diverse repertoires, Yumi Umiumare's electrifying performance style is in demand the world over. Born in Hyogo, Japan, Yumi is the only Japanese Butoh Dancer in Australia and the creator of provocative Butoh Cabaret and visceral dance theatre works. Originally a member of the seminal Butoh Company DaiRakudakan in Tokyo, Yumi has been creating her distinctive style of hybrid works over the last 20 years and her works have been seen in numerous festivals in dance, theatre and film productions throughout Australia, Japan, Europe, New Zealand and South Eastern Asia.
Through her unique experience of living both in Japan and Australia, she has created a new genre, Butoh Cabaret, which explores cultural identities through narratives and abstraction. Her works have received critical acclaim and garnered her and her collaborators several Australian Green Room awards. Her own production’s credits include Fleeting Moments (‘98),Tokyo DasSHOKU Girl (‘99-2003) , DasSHOKU Cultivations!! (Osaka2003),DasSHOKU Hora!! (Malthouse &Sydney Opera House 2005-06) and most recently DasSHOKU SHAKE! which won Fringe Award and Green Room Award. Her solo dance works include INORI-in-visible(2001-03 Japan & Denmark), Dis-Oriental (2004-2009 Australia) and How could you even begin to understand? and ZeroZero(Duo with Tony Yap 1996-2013, Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Denmark, Indonesia, Colombia) Her multimedia dance work Sakasama (with Bambang Nurcahyadi 2009, Melbourne, Hong Kong). She performs in the smash-hit Cabaret show, The Burlesque Hour and GloryBox (Finucane&Smith2004-2013) all over the world. 

She also works and choreographs in aboriginal theatre productions including Ngapartji Ngapartji, Burning Daylight, Namatjira and most recently Hipbones Sticking Out. Her other choreographic works includes Beyond Butoh series, Girls on Boys, and a Japanese/Australian rock’n’roll musical Once Upon A Midnight, Not Just My Story as a part of Human Rights Festival 2011 with Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, and Talk You Me with Brunswick Women’s Theatre.

  Portrait by Garth Oriander’.
Website: http://www.yumi.com.au/
Email: yumi@yumi.com.au
Links: Peril Article
  Canberra Critics Circle - EnTrance Review
  Ausdance Article - DasSHOKU Hora!!
  Behind the Critical Curtain - The Maids Review
  The Burlesque Hour - YouTube
  EnTrance - YouTube
Mobile: 0413 454 531