About Strange Kinoko Dance

Strange Kinoko Dance Company has been pursuing "research on dance" in many different perspectives as well as establishing its originality.
Strange Kinoko Dance Company has been performed at theater, museum patio, gallery space, cafe, office, warehouse or even at the entrance hall of office building. Sharing various types of site with audience, Strange Kinoko Dance Company seeks various physicality joyfully.
Strange Kinoko Dance company performs one or two new evening shows every year as well as they tour domestically and internationally. Strange Kinoko Dance Company offers workshops for actors and non-dancers. Its work can be seen as dancers or movement director for other performers' projects such as theatre, concerts, and film.




Artistic Director
Chie Ito
/Choreographer, Director, Dancer, Artistic Director of Strange Kinoko Dance Company

Born in Tokyo, 1970. At the age of 4, she started modern dance. When she was 15 years old, she started classical ballet. First 10 minute choreography performed at the age of 18. To pursue choreography, she studied dance at Nihon University. In 1990, She founded Strange Kinoko Dance Company with her college classmates. She has been actively involved as a choreographer and a director for all the pieces the Kinoko performed. Beside the theater performances of Strange Kinoko Dance Company, she has contributed her work as a collaborator with various artists. Her choreography has been seen in theatre, music videos, and films. In 2000, she won the Yokohama culture Foundation Award for her choreography, "Because you said it would be exposed" (duo version). She participated in the Philippe Decoufle premiere work "IRIS" as an assistant of Mr.Decoufle in October, 2003. From April, 2003 to February, 2004, she also took charge of dance for educational TV program"Do Re Mi TV" for elementary students. Her most notable work "Frill (mini)", which was performed in Tokyo, NY, Paris, Delhi, and Bangkok. And also "FLOWER PICKING" was performed in Tokyo, Stockholm, Aichi, Toyama, 2004. The latest work by the company "I'm walking to my home." was performed in Tokyo, 2006. And solo performance "I will dive in." was also performed in Tokyo, 2006.



Mimiko Yamashita / Dancer Masako Ide / Dancer

Masayo Satoh / Dancer Kayoko Iida / Dancer

Satomi Yamada / Dancer Memi Shinozaki / Dancer

history

Previous Appearance 1990~2006
1990 September Established by Chie ITO, Yoko KOYAMA and Mimiko YAMASHITA.
1991 May "Like taking a walk", the Art Box, Tokyo.
1992 April "Will be, will be", the Guardian Garden, Shibuya, Tokyo.
September "I don't care if the sun don't shine", the Ikebukuro MET Hall, Tokyo.
as a part of The Tokyo International Art Festival.
1993 October "Don't rely on that!", The SEED Hall, Shibuya, Tokyo. Joint performance with Perfomix.
1994 May "Three pieces of orange", the Studio Kinshicho, Tokyo.
(Granted by The Culture Promotion Master Plan of the Agency for Cultural Affairs.)
1995 February "It's unworthy of ~", the East Gallery, Ebisu, Tokyo.
(Granted by The Culture Promotion Master Plan of the Agency for Cultural Affairs.)
October "She was too tired to take a beat at that coffee shop", la Foret Museum, Harajuku, Tokyo.
(Granted by The Culture Promotion Master Plan of the Agency for Cultural Affairs. As a part of The Saison Foundation grant programs.)
November "Strange Kinoko Dance Company and its Fellows".
Produced and broadcasted by NHK (a 30 minutes TV program on Channel BS,NHK).
1996 January "I don't care if the sun don't shine", the Theatre Font, Yokohama.
Sponsored by Yokohama Culture Foundation.
May One of the choreographers, Mimiko Yamashita turns to be a dancer.Since then, Chie Ito and Yoko Koyama start choreography together.
November "I phoned, and I slipped", the Landmark Hall, Yokohama.
Sponsored by Kanagawa Art Foundation.
(Granted by The Culture Promotion Master Plan of the Agency for Cultural Affairs.)
1997 May "I don't care if the sun don't shine. A Juliromi REMIX", the Spring Festival organized by the Globe Tokyo, the Globe Tokyo.
1998 May "Our house", la Foret Museum, Harajuku, Tokyo.
(granted by The Culture Promotion Master Plan of the Agency for Cultural Affairs.)
October "Our house" (type A: in a museum), Takamatsu City Museum.
November "Our House" (type B: monotone), as a part of Kobe New Wave Theater.Kobe Art Village Center, Kobe.
1999 January "I want to drink a cup of milk", the Spiral Hall, Tokyo.
(Granted by The Culture Promotion Master Plan of the Agency for Cultural Affairs. )
February Choreographed and performed. "Body of the Japanese paper" (directed by
Mr. Noriyuki TANAKA), Kochi-prefecture Museum.
April Modeled for the photo magazine "Pleasure Holidays of Strange Kinoko"
(Published by Petit Glam Publishing).
October "Because you said it would be exposed", Tokyo Opinions Festival, the Ten-nohzu Art Sphere, Tokyo.
(Granted by The Culture Promotion Master Plan of the Agency for Cultural Affairs.)
2000 February "Because you said it would be exposed" (duo version), Solo and Duo
Competition in Yokohama Dance Collection 2000, the Land Mark Hall,Yokohama.
Chie Ito won the Yokohama Culture Foundation Award.
April Choreographer, Yoko Koyama becomes to be an assistant.
October "With you 0.1" (repertory piece), Fukuoka IMS Hall.
November "Frill (mini)", DELUXE, Tokyo.
(Granted by Culture Promotion Master Plan of the Agency for Cultural Affairs.)
December "Frill (mini)", Tokyo Millenium Festival, won the Special Prize of Sponsored Cooperation.
2001 February Chie Ito was invited to perform "With you 1" at Solo and Duo
Competition in Yokohama Dance Collection, Yokohama.
April Won an Award for New Talent from Dance Critics Society of Japan.
July "Frill (mini)", Avignon Festival Off, France.
November "With you 2" (Chie Ito's solo piece), Tokyo, Kyoto, Fukuoka.
2002 February "With you 3" (repertory piece), Aichi Prefectural Art Theater, Nagoya.
March "Frill (mini) wild", Hara Museum, Tokyo.
July "New albums", Setagaya Public Theater.
(Granted by The Culture Promotion Master Plan of the Agency for Cultural Affairs.)
November "Frill (mini)" (Short version) For "Tokyo Contemporary Dance 2002" , Paris, Delhi, and Bangkok.
2003 January "Frill (mini)" (Short version) For "Japanese Contemporary Dance Showcase 2003", NY.
March "Hello. kinoko+graf ~meet&greet~", gm, Osaka.
Sponsored by log-osaka web magazine.
July "With you 4 for FLOWER PICKING" ,Kurashiki Geibunkan Hall, Kurashiki.
(Granted by Kurashiki Cultureal Promotion Foundation.)
August "FLOWER PICKING", Biwako Hall and its circumference, Shiga.
(Granted by Biwako Hall Foundation.)
2004 March "FLOWER PICKING", CLASKA, Tokyo.
(Granted by The Culture Promotion Master Plan of the Agency for Cultural Affairs,The Saison Foundation. )
August "FLOWER PICKING", For "Tokyo Style in Stockholm 2004" PARKTEATERN, Stockholm, Sweden.
October "FLOWER PICKING", Bunka no ie, Nagakute-cho, Aichi. Helios, Fukuno-machi, Toyama.
(Granted by Nagakute-cho, Fukuno Bunka Sozo Center, The Saison Foundation. )
2005 March "Im walking to my home", Saitama arts theater Adaptable theater, Saitama
(Granted by The Culture Promotion Master Plan of the Agency for Cultural Affairs,The Saison Foundation. )
May Choreographed and performed for Exhibition "More Happy Every Day - Yippie !!!!!" , The National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka.
October Exhibited "KINOKO STUDIO" (Installation work ) for the Exhibition and Performance project "Japanese Contemporary Dance Media 2005" , Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.
November "KINOKO's Ball~Shall we dance?" ,Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. (Granted by Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, The Saison Foundation. )
2006 January "Because you said it would be exposed" (Trio version), Ezuko Hall, Miyagi. (Granted by Ezuko Hall, The Saison Foundation. )
March "I'm walking to my home.", the Spiral Hall, Tokyo (Granted by JADE 2006 International Dance Festival, The Saison Foundation. )
July Chie Ito solo performance "I will dive in.", Theatre Tram, Tokyo