Choreographer Yasuko Yokoshi will develop a new solo BELL Unplugged, a reflection on her evening length group work BELL, which had its New York premiere in March 2013 at New York Live Arts. Yokoshi revisits that production to explore the severe, often unspoken cultural codes of Japanese traditional dance, showing what is revealed through “unplugged” performance. During her residency, Yokoshi will also give several showings of her new HD video work Hangman Takuzo, to be developed into a larger piece titled Suspension ZERO ONE in 2014.
Yasuko Yokoshi was born and raised in Hiroshima, Japan. She currently lives and works in New York City. Yokoshi's works have been presented by the Theatre de la Ville in Paris, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, The Kitchen, Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, the Japan Society, Performance Space 122, and Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, among others.
In July 2011, Yokoshi was appointed as the inaugural Resident Commissioned Artist of New York Live Arts. Recent awards include a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (2009), a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award (2008), and a BAXTen Award (2007). She is also the recipient of a Creative Capital grant, a New York Foundation for the Arts Artist Fellowship, and two New York Dance and Performance "Bessie" Awards for her choreography of Shuffle (2003) and what we when we (2006).
Yokoshi currently serves as an associate curator at The Kitchen and is a member of the Board of Directors of Movement Research. She has given numerous lectures and workshops at schools and universities across the United States. She served as a mentor in the DanceWEB education program at the 2010 ImpulsTanz Festival in Vienna, Austria.
Yokoshi is a published author and an accomplished self-taught video artist. Her memoir, Once in a Life Time, received the acclaimed Japanese Ogai Mori Literary Award (1990) and her documentary film of her family’s complex history, Last Sokoshi, received Grand Prize at the 1990 Luminous Video Competition. Yokoshi holds a B.A. degree from Hampshire College.