Yuko Kaseki lives and works as a freelance dancer, choreographer and teacher in Berlin (1995-present). From 1989 to 2001, Kaseki was the primary dancer in Anzu Furukawa’s company Dance Butter Tokio and Verwandlungsamt. Kaseki founded the dance company cokaseki with Marc Ates in 1995 and produced various projects with musicians such as Axel Doerner, Andrea Neumann, Antonis Anissegos, Aki Takase, Olaf Rupp, Johannes Wallmann and visual artists such as Francois Giovangigli, Ampelio Zappalorto, Chiharu Shiota, Valter Kokot, Søren Dø, and Erika Matsunami. Since 1999, she began a solo series with Ates as director, lighting and stage designer. Works from this collaboration include solo performances: Tooboe, Kudan,Toquage, a Way a Lone a Last a Long the and Birthday-Suit-Me. Ensemble works include: Haru Yayoi Chan Kou, all A lone, Invisible Real, Anna Tommy Gramm and Let my Fish Loose, all performed throughout Europe, the U.S., and Japan. These works are based on Butoh and western contemporary dance techniques to create concise, precise moving theatre. Cokaseki follows the way of desperate existence, exposes tragicomedy in dense time, creating a space to reveal a kaleidoscope of stories. Since 2001 she has worked with Shinichi Iova-Koga and inkBoat (San Francisco) on dance theatre works: Cockroach, Onion, Glass Head, and improvisational performances. Kaseki also organizes and performs in numerous improvisational performances with international performers and musicians in Berlin. Cokaseki and inkBoat’s collaborative performance Ame to Ame recieved the “best ensemble performance” Isadora Duncan Dance Award 2004 in San Francisco, and Kudan was nominated for the Toyota Choreography Award in Tokyo.
“Yuko Kaseki is the Ginger Rogers of Butoh. Time speeds up and then slows, and childlike play and sexual prowess whirl around with humor either wry or raucous.”
San Francisco Bay Guardian
“CanAsian Dance congratulates our Dora Mavor Moore award nominated artists: Outstanding Performance cokaseki Tooboe.”