Tashi Iwaoka



    Nationalität: Japan
    Adresse: Amsterdam - Niederlande
    Website: www.ehka.net


2004-07         Performance Research at DasArts / Advanced Studies in the Performing Arts

(Amsterdam, NL)

                        2002-03              Dance and Choreography as a guest student at SNDO

          (Amsterdam, NL)

1997-01         Contemporary Arts BA(Hons) at Nottingham Trent University (Nottingham, UK)

1996-97         Art Foundation at Vantan Design Institute (Tokyo, JP)

1995-96         Fashion Design at Vantan Design Institute

1992-95         Industrial Chemistry at Matsuyama Technical high school (Ehime, JP)



2004-2005     Workshops on various theories and practices by guest teachers at DasArts

2002-03         Various contemporary dance technique and composition classes at SNDO

1997-present Body Plaza exercises (borrowed from Kim Itoh with combined elements from other practices)

1997-present Numerous workshops led by Gaby Agis (Skinner release), Simone Aughterlony, Rosemary

Butcher, Jill Clark, Didier Danthois (Clowning), Katie Duck, Pauline de Groot, Julyen Hamilton,

Deborah Hey, Carlotta Ikeda (Butoh), Kim Itoh, Oleg Soulimenko, Miranda Tufnell, Saburo

Teshigawara, Fin Walker, Simon Whitehead, Yumiko Yoshioka and many others throughout


1997              Butoh workshops by Kim Itoh and Kazuo Ohno in Japan


Teaching: Body Plaza [a butoh based physically mental training for ‘playing with bodies’]

2009              A two weekend workshop at at Manilla (Turku, FI) in November

2008              A two day workshop at Ponderosa (Stolzenhagen, DE) in June

                      An intensive workshop at Manilla in March

2007              A weekend workshop at Manilla in November

2004              Weekly classes at Studio de Koe (Amsterdam, NL) from April to June

A weekend workshop at Studio de Koe in January

2003              Weekend workshops at Studio de Koe in September, November and December

2002              A workshop for Leipziger Tanztheater (Leipzig, DE) in June

A three-day workshop at LOFFT (Leipzig, DE) in June




Departing from my ontological quests; ‘what are we?’, the focal point in my practice is ‘what is being a human?’ attempting to see every ‘human-ness’ important. I consider the awareness and understandings of our existence, in relation to our surroundings, would be the key to important changes within us, which I believe will benefit us as well as all other beings. Since 1997 I have been working around the notions of ‘the body’. After the first encounter with Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s writing I had been deeply influenced by existential phenomenological thinking. That led me to undergoing a research with an ontological conception ‘being-with’ inspired by Jean-Luc Nancy’s ‘Being Singular Plural’ to investigate the inseparable relation between ‘we’ and ‘I’. Having had a Budo class with Akira Hino in 2008 lately I am very much interested in the use of body in Budo. My recent practice is the attempt to fuse my oriental roots and Western perspectives in order to form a more proper view on ‘being a human’ in this world.


After the study in Nottingham my interest in performance is the idea of ‘theatre as a medium’. This is my conclusion that concepts of ‘theatre’ could hold any aspects of performativity within the frame of everyday life and beyond, which came up after the intensive questioning about the boarder(s) between art and everyday life.


Types of my work vary from a one-minute frantic punk dance performance piece to three and a half hours of standing still performance-protest (against NATO bombing in 1999), from outdoor open-improvisations to carefully structured black box theatre pieces. I work both as a solo artist and with others. I also work on video for others’ and my own work. From the end of 1999 to 2001 I edited videos for my movement based works questioning the relations between physicality and visibility, as well as its own ‘reality’ in the medium.


At the end of 2004 Anna Torkkel, a Turku based Finnish choreographer/dancer and I set up an international performance makers’ collective called Ehkä tuotantoa  (meaning ‘Maybe production’), which now has four other artists as the member of Ehkä, Viola Perra, Maija Reetta Raumanni, Jouni Järvenpää and Inari Salmivaara.