Maki Morishita studied contemporary dance and butoh under Kim Itoh, and worked as a dancer for ‘Kim Itoh + the Glorious Future’ from 1997 to 1999. In 1998, co-founded a company ‘Study of Live works BANETO’ with choreographer/dancer Tsuyoshi Shirai and performed in 25 cities in 9 countries around the world. In 2003, she began to create and choreograph her solo works, and her first work debutant was performed in over 20 major cities in Japan, Korea, Italy and Finland. The same piece won “Yokohama City Art and Culture Promotion Foundation Award” at Yokohama Dance Collection Solo x Duo Competition in 2004. Her second solo work Tokyo Flat which follows a style of a work-in-progress won excellent prize by “Tokyo competition♯2”. She performed this piece not only in the theatre but also in a various places and situations both in public and private spaces such as rest room, elevator, warehouse, church, show-window, at the beach and so on.
She also performed as a snow queen in a theater piece The Snow Queen, written by Hans Christian Andersen, directed by an Italian director, Teresa Ludovico in Tokyo. Her latest works include the group piece UZUMAKI in 2008 and a duo piece Komainu Illutsky presented in Dance Triennale Tokyo 09. She is excel at sensitively skimming the rhythm and texture that words hold, and fusing them with her dances. Her workshop is open to a wide spectrum of age groups, ranging from children to the middle-aged. Unique and powerful movements are her distinctive features.