Freelance Contemporary dance artist based in Tokyo.

Misato started her classical ballet and contemporary dance training from a young age.

She graduated from Ochanomizu University. (BA and MA in Dance Studies)

Then she has gotten a scholarship from the Japanese government to study at Northern School of Contemporary Dance in the UK.

She finished MA Dance and Creative Enterprise with Distinction.

She has worked as a dancer with choreographers such as Ryohei Kondo, Motoko Hirayama, and Fernanda Prata. Confident in floor technique and improvisation.

As a choreographer, she has also kept presenting her pieces at home and abroad.

Her recent research themes are “restrictions” and “social media”.

She not only performs in theatres but also involves site-specific performances and video works. 

MISATO SHIMIZU

Dancer

2020   "Miitusketa!"(TV show for kids) NHK (Japan)

2019   "Sarcophagus" Choreographed by Motoko Hirayama, Mielparque Hall,(Tokyo)

2019   "Random Boundaries” <Co-producer / Dancer> of cocozine Site-specific production (Tokyo, Japan)

2018   "hoME" Research & Development with Fernanda Prata (Leeds, UK)

2018 / 2017   "OTSEFINAM" (Site-specific work) Directed by Susanne Thomas, Temple Newsam House (Leeds)

2017   "Chilly Gonzales" Choreographed by Ryohei Kondo, Session House (Tokyo)

2015   "Modern Times" Choreographed by Ryohei Kondo, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (Tokyo)

2015   "Three Penny Opera" Directed by Takuro Suzuki, Mitaka City Hall (Tokyo)

Choreographer

2021    Group piece"Crocus" for young ballet students at Ballet du Ciel, Curian Hall (Tokyo, Japan)

2020   Solo "MADE IN JAPAN"(25min) d-Soko / Session House, (Tokyo, Japan)

2020   Multi-Media Performance Project "HASHTAG 2.0"(30min) Gallery2, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (Japan)

Funded by Agency of Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan

2019   Solo"The Fly"(20min) Dance festival "Let’s Dance International Frontiers19",

CURVE Theatre (Leicester, UK)

2018   Multi-media piece "HASHTAG"(15min), Riley Theatre (Leeds, UK)

2018   Solo "The Fly" (12min), CURVE Theatre (Leicester, UK) As a part of "Let’s Dance International Frontiers18"

2016  "5 Preludes for Sneakers" (1hour)sponsored by a sneaker brand RFW, Session House (Tokyo)

Other Experience

2020   Dance and the reading film "The Hedgehog’s Wish"  <Director / Dancer>

Funded by Agency of Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan

2020   "STAY AT HOME PROJECT" 13 short videos for social media. (as a part of Cheer for Art Tokyo Project)

2017    Danced for promotion video and events of the apparel company Fukusuke (Japan)

2015- Present   Teacher for Junior Contemporary Dance Class. Private ballet school, Ballet du Ciel (Tokyo)

​©2021 Misato Shimizu