Nami Yamamoto, originally from Japan, graduated from New York University in 1993 with a MA in Dance Education. Since then her work has been presented in New York and elsewhere: Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Project, P.S. 122, Movement Research at Judson Church, The Kitchen, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Museum of the Art in Philadelphia, Studio 303 in Montreal, UC Irvine, Dance Studio Moga in Japan, Contemporary Dance Festival Free Dance in Ukraine, Walker Art Center and Gibney Dance Center.
Her work has been funded by Puffin Foundation, Creative Capital, Manhattan Community Arts Fund from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Jim Henson Foundation, and Suitcase Fund from Dance Theater Workshop. She has been nurtured and inspired by her residency experience at Asian Pacific Performance Exchange in UCLA, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Movement Research (2014-2016), Dance Wave in Matsuyama Japan, Brooklyn Arts Exchange (2003-2005, 2012-2013), Summer Theater Lab in UC Santa Barbara and Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography (2008).
Her work has been commissioned by The Wooden Floor in 2006 and 2009 and she choreographed two original pieces for more than 50 young dancers age 10-18. Other commissioned works are for BaxCo, a youth company at Brooklyn Arts Exchange in 2010 and Yumesanya, a youth company from Matsuyama, Japan in 2012. In 2015, she choreographed a piece with the New School students as a Movement Research Artist in Residence. https://vimeo.com/155042620
She has also nurtured and inspired by collaboration works with Joyce S. Lim and received Space grant from Union Street Dance, 92nd Street Y and SUNY Purchase for In/Flux in 2003. In 2005, she traveled in Malaysia to explore with local artists in Penang.
For teaching credit, she taught Master Class at University of California Irvine, Ehime University, Matsuyama University, Dance Wave, Dance Studio Moga in Japan, University of Penang and Malaysian Dance Festival in Malaysia. She also taught a creative movement class for children at MASS MoCA, Brooklyn New School and East Village Community School. Through her puppetry/dance work, a howling flower, she taught a puppetry/dance workshop with her collaborators, Matthew Acheson (puppet creator/puppeteer/performer) and Deana Acheson (puppetry advisor) at various venues, such as Sara Lawrence College, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography at Florida State University, Contemporary Dance Festival Free Dance in Ukraine, The New York Robotics and Home Automation MeetUp Group and Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts. She also co-taught object/puppet/dance workshop with Patti Bradshaw and Christopher Williams through Movement Research’s Sunday Process Lab.
As a dancer, she has enjoyed working with wonderful choreographers such as Yoshiko Chuma, David Dorfman, Patricia Hoffbauer, Clarinda Mac Low, Victoria Marks, David Neumann, Sara Pearson & Patrik Widrig, Karen Sherman, Cydney
Wilkes, Christopher Williams, Yasuko Yokoshi and many others. In 2004, she debuted as a puppeteer in Dan Hurlin’s Hiroshima Maiden, which toured in 2005-2006. She also performed for Lake Simon’s puppet piece, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at Here Art Center. In 2014, she debuted at Lincoln Center Theater as a puppeteer/dancer of The Oldest Boy written by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Rebecca Taichman.
Currently, she is a part time faculty of Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts and teaches New York City public school through Movement Research’s Dance Maker’s program.
She is proud to be a Mom of Momiji, a seven-year-old daughter.
“The dynamite dancer Nami Yamamoto (is) a sentient presence hurling herself
through the air…”Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice
“Yamamoto’s a human projectile – not a sleek rocket, but a compact ball of energy.” Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice
“The work illuminate the absurdity of the world we live in…shocking, humorous, and also somehow profound.”
Kelly Hayes, offoffoff.com
“…exceptionally delicate physical and emotional articulation” Jennifer Dunning, The New York Times