Artist/Company INFO

BATIK

BATIK is an all-female dance company founded in 2002, by choreographer, Ikuyo Kuroda. After winning the “National Committee Award” at Yokohama Platform of “Rencontre Choreographic Internationales de Seine Saint Denis” in 2002, they officially started as a professional dance company. Besides performing in Japan, the company has given overseas performances in various occasions so far including the Dance Umbrella Festival in U.K. (04), Venice Biennale (07), and Expo Zaragoza, Spain (08). Their main works are SIDE B (02), SHOKU (04), Flowers flow, time congeals (04, recreation 09) and pendanteve (07).

Ikuyo Kuroda
choreographer, dancer

Ikuyo Kuroda started taking classical ballet lessons when she was six years old. While being a member of Tani Momoko Ballet Company, she went to London in 1997 to study contemporary dance at the Laban Centre. In 2000, she became a leading member of “Kim Itoh + the Glorious Future.” In 2002, she founded her own company “BATIK”. In 2003, she won the “Next Generation Choreographer Award” as well as the “Audience Award” at Toyota Choreography Award. In 2004, she presented her new works Flowers flow and time congeals and SHOKU. Of late, she has expanded the area of activities─presenting solo works, choreographing for Noism05 led by Jo Kanamori, and participating as a dancer in ASOBU choreographed and directed by Josef Nadj. She choreographed a new piece for the Helsinki Dance Company in Finland, 2008. Her latest works include chain and allow in Dance Triennale Tokyo 09, and Flowers flow, time congeals (recreated version) in FESTIVAL / TOKYO 09.

2008. 6-7SHOKU tour in Spain
Teatro Principal de Zaragoza (Expo Zaragoza),
Teatro Fernán Gómez (Madrid),
Teatro Victoria Eugenia(San Sebastian)
2008. 3SHOKU Teatro Nuovo Giovanni da Udine (Udine, Italy)
2007. 6-7SHOKU & Flowers flow, time congeals European Tour,
Salamanca International Arts Festival (Spain, Salamanca),
Sadler's Wells, Lilian Baylis Theatre(London, UK),
La Biennale di Venezia / Teatro Malibran (Venice, Italy),
Teatro Palladium (Rome, Itary)
Monica Monica Dance Scenen (Copenhargen, Denmark)
2007. 10SHOKUtour in Mexico
FORUM (Forum Universal de las Culturas, Monterrey,
Performance Teatro de la Danza (Mexico City)
2005. 11SHOKU Powerhouse(Brisbane, Australia)
10SHOKU tour in Europe
Sigyn Hall’ Turku Conservatoire (Turku, Finland),
Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris (Paris, France),
Mousonturm Frankfurt (Frankfurt, Germany)
2005. 8SHOKU Esplanade, Singapore
2005. 5SHOKU tour
Maly Theatre(Moscow, Russia),
International Festival, The Perm Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre(Perm’, Russia),
The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre [KLPAC](Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
2005. 1SHOKU tour in North America
Japan Society(NY, USA),
Maison de la Culture Frontenac, Montreal(Canada)
2004. 10SHOKU –short version- The place, Robin Howard Dance Theatre(London, UK)