asia pacific impro 2

19–25 October, 2015

© Yusuke Aoki

Ryuhei Uemoto

Born in Tokyo, Ryuhei started dancing at the age of 18, and studied contemporary dance and contact improvisation at several dance studios and international dance festivals in Japan. He graduated from Keio University with a Bachelor of Policy Management in 2003. After that, he began his career as an independent artist.

In 2004, Ryuhei founded AAPA (Away At Performing Arts) to create contemporary dance theater that acts as an extension of daily life. His performances and directions for AAPA focus on the sense of distance between various genres and people by integrating improvised dance and ordinary movement with daily objects and spaces. In this way, he aims to make audiences aware of what exists or what is hidden in their lives.

Ryuhei's works have been presented in Ohono Kazuo Festival (2009) and Koganechou Bazzar (2011) as well as Odoriniikuze!! II (2011). Signs of the End, originally commissioned for Odoriniikuze!! II has toured four different cities in Japan.