Yui Kawaguchi

Choreographer, Dancer 

Yui Kawaguchi


is a true border-crosser in both the cultural and artistic sense. Her dance draws from the tension between East and West, tradition and modernity. Her dance language is a free creation that has grown from elements of ballet, Butoh, urban dance, and pantomime. With a special sensitivity, Kawaguchi is able to bring out the individuality and personal expressions of her dancers in her choreographies. She collaborates with visual artists, musicians, and scientists in various constellations to transport her audience into a unique sensual landscape of dance, music, and stage design.

She began dancing at the age of 6 and studied dance and the age of 11, Kawaguchi started choreographing alongside her ballet lessons and has been working as a choreographer for theater, concerts, film, and television in Japan since 1996. As a dancer in various Japanese companies such as H.art.Chaos or Kota Yamazaki, she quickly gained presence on renowned stages worldwide. In 2001, she choreographed the East Asian Olympic Opening Ceremony. With Media-Drive Unit 66b/cell (2000-2004), she was active in the vibrant Tokyo club scene as well as internationally in the art scene, including the ARS Electronica, Seoul International Dance Festival, and Japan Virtual Reality Conference.

Since 2005, she works in Berlin. She has danced with Ismael Ivo, Helena Waldmann, Nir de Volff, Tomi Paasonen and Flying Steps, among others. She is part of the original cast and choreographer of the world-successful production "Flying Bach" (Echo-Klassik Sonderpreis 2010) by Flying Steps. Since 2008 she has been a member of the Berlin theater ensemble Nico and the Navigators. As a choreographer, Kawaguchi has presented her own productions at numerous international dance festivals, including the New Vision Festival Hong Kong, International Dance Festival Vancouver, New National Theater Tokyo, OPENLOOK St.Petersburg International Dance Festival, Ozasia Festival Adelaid, MODAFE Soeul or en DANZA Madrid.

"andropolaroid" (Cologne Dance Prize 2010) is considered a milestone in her work, and her unmistakable signature as a choreographer became established at the latest with her piece "MatchAtria" (2014), which was created together with the Japanese visual artist/film director Yoshimasa Ishibashi. The two productions were received with great enthusiasm internationally by audiences and the press and toured worldwide.

Her "special sensitivity to music (Dance Magazine Japan)" led her to work closely with music and enabled her to collaborate with renowned musicians such as Aki Takase, Louis Sclavis, Daniel Hope, Avi Avital, Mohammad Reza Mortazavi or Kussquartett and choreographed projects at the Berlin Philharmonie, Hamburger Bahnhof, Kunsthaus Bregenz and Nicolaisaal Potsdam, among others. In 2024, she choreographed and performed the role of Anna2 in "The Seven Deadly Sins" with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin under the direction of Joana Mallwitz to great acclaim.

In particular, the duo series "The City in the Piano" with jazz pianist  Aki Takase, launched in 2008, celebrated an international success. The sixth version "ACCENTO" premiered in 2022 at the Kuppelhalle silent green Berlin. Over the years, she has also deepened her connection to early music, delighting audiences with her unique interpretations and dances with the Ensemble ImPuls der Suite, Vox Nostra, Anna Fusek, among others.

During the Corona Crisis, Kawaguchi began to explore the physicality of dancers in VR space, expanding her concept of choreography to virtual reality and began to learn 3D programming herself. Kawaguchi strives to seek a different form of existence for dance in virtual reality, which is often parameterized and consumed as mere decoration. Using her own physicality and sensibility as a dancer, she devotes herself to creating her own animations to create an alternative value for dance in the virtual world. Since then, she has created the AR dance performance "You must render your life!" (Nico and the Navigators 2022, nominated AUREA Award ), the music video "Flow My Tears" (Ensemble ImPuls der Suite 2023) and choreographed and animated the AR Loopmachine exhibition at the German Dance Archive Tanzmuseum Cologne (2023).

artikel, interview

Tanz von Arnd Wesemann
Feb. 2015 "kammerflimmern
Feb. 2012 "Yui Kawaguchi: Bubble Boxing"
Jul. 2010 "Yui Kawaguchi über missverständnisse

Stuttgarter Nachrichten
"Zwischen den Weltenvon Brigitte Jähnigen

Feb.2011 "Die Lichtgestalt"


2015 Der Regierende Bürgermeister von Berlin, Senatskanzlei Kulturelle Angelegenheiten wiederaufnahme 'andropolaroid 1.1'
2015 Der Regierende Bürgermeister von Berlin, Senatskanzlei Kulturelle Angelegenheiten wiederaufnahme 'MachAtria - e x t e n d e d'
2013 Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin 'Cadenza - Die Stadt im Klavier V'
2011 Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin 'Bubble Boxing' (theater-51grad.com)
2010 Köln Tanzpreis 'andropolaroid'
2008 EU Japan Fest 'HEREing Loss- a place of my emergence'
2006 Yokohama solo x duo<compedition+> Jury Prize 'When an egg cracks...'

Exhibitions, Workshops

contemporay dance & improvisation technic
from basic till master class


2023: Residenztheater München
2022:_Schauspielhaus Dresden

Heartbeat Picnic (Workshop for Touching Heartbeats)
2018: Unkou-Tempel, Tokyo, Japan (MOT Satellite),
Exhibition 'Heartbeat Picnic' ICC Kid's Program, Tokio, Japan
2016: Tokyu Krankenhaus, Japan
2013 IAMAS Ogaki Biennale
2011 The Museum of Osaka University
2010 'Heartbeat Picnic' ARS Electronica OK center, Linz, Österreich
2010 'Heartbeat Picnic' Poetry of Motion ARS Electronica Exhibition BREEZE BREEZE Osaka, Japan
2010 21_21 Design Sight, Tokyo here / hear
2008 HEREing Loss - single room EDEN***** eröffenungsfeier

Here / Hear – Audiovisuelle Workshop
2008: Keio University, Tokyo

Zeitschrift (JP)

2012 'Symbolgrounding of Life" Art meats care Vol.4,pp.20-2,
Authoren: Junji Watanabe, Kyosuke Sakakura, Yui Kawaguchi, Hideyuki Ando
2011 Heartbeat Picnic : Worshop for Touching Hearbeats Virtual Reality Society of Japan Vol.16, No.3,pp,303-306,
Authoren: Junji Watanabe, Yui Kawaguchi, Kyosuke Sakakura, Hideyuki Ando
2009 Design Guidelines of "Workshop Here and Hear" Information Processing Society of Japan Vol.50,No.12, pp.2772-2781,
Authoren: Junji Watanabe, Yui Kawaguchi, Kyosuke Sakakura