About Noism

General Artistic Director
General Artistic Director
Choreographer, Dancer
Photo: Kishin Shinoyama
Choreographer, Dancer. General Artistic director of Noism Company Niigata. Moved to Europe by himself when he was 17 years old, he studied under Maurice Béjart and others. He began creating while studying at Rudra Béjart School Lausanne and made his debut as choreographer at the age of 20 while enrolled in NDT2. After ten years of playing an active part as dancer and choreographer for several dance companies in Europe, he returned to Japan. In 2003, he won the Asahi Performing Arts Award for his first self-produced performance "no・mad・icproject ~ 7 fragments in memory" and made a leap into the spotlight. In April 2004, he was appointed as artistic director of the Dance Division of RYUTOPIA, and established Noism, Japan’s first residential dance company of a public theater. Taking advantage of his abundant experience overseas, he has gained high praise for his works that he launches one another and his company works full of innovative creativity, and is active in a wide range of activities, such as directing and choreographing an opera conducted by Seiji Ozawa at the Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto. He has won many awards, including the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award for Artistic Encouragement, and the Niigata Nippo Culture Award both in 2008, and the 60th Mainichi Art Award. He received the Medal with Purple Ribbon in 2021.
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Works for Noism

2004.06 SHIKAKU
2004.10 black ice / black wind / black garden
2005.01 untitled
2005.08 NINA – prototype
2005.11 NINA – materialize sacrifice
2006.02 Play 4:38
2006.05 sense-datum
2006.11 black ice (ver.06)
2007.04 PLAY 2 PLAY – interfering dimensions
2007.02 NINA – materialize sacrifice (
2008.06 Nameless Hands – house of dolls
2009.06 ZONE – shimmer / thunder / moon on the water
2009.11 Nameless Poison – black monk
2010.07 Les Contes d’ Hoffmann
2010.12 The Shadow of Mayfly
2011.05 Psychic 3.11
2011.05 The Fire bird
2011.08 The Miraculous Mandarin / Bluebeard's Castle
*Created for “Bartok double bill” Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto 2011
2012.03 solo for 2
2012.06 Nameless Voice – water garden, sand house
2013.12 ZAZA
2013.12 PLAY 2 PLAY – interfering dimensions (reviced version)
2014.06 CARMEN
2014.12 ASU
2015.03 supernova
2015.06 Sheltered Princess - a fairy tale for grown child
2016.06 La Bayadère – nation of illusion
2017.01 The Match Seller’s Tale + passacaglia
2017.05 Liebestod
2017.08 DoGoD
2017.09 The Crush Wave
2017.12 The Dream of the Swan
2018.06 Mirroring Memories
2019.01 R.O.O.M. / Mirror in the Mirror
2019.07 Mirroring Memories(2019 ver.) / FratresⅠ
2019.12 Chronos Kairos 1 / The Last Rose of Summer / FratresⅡ
2020.08 Rite of Spring / FratresⅢ / Adagio Assai
2020.10 Video Dance BOLERO2020
2021.01 Traces Garden
2021.07 Complex
2021.08 As Time Goes By
2021.10 A JOURNY – memory within memory
2021.12 Near Far Here
2022.07 Les Noces de Madame Chrysanthème
2022.07 Noism×KODO ONI
2022.09 Sostenuto
2023.01 Der Wanderer
2023.05 Selene, or the song of Marebito
2023.06 Silentium
2023.08 Air


1998 K. de Lyon “Best Dancer Award”
2000 On-Stage Award for Best New Artist/Choreographer
2002 The 34th Dance Critics Society of Japan Award for New Artist
2003 The 3rd Asahi Performing Arts Award, Kirin Dance Support
2005 The 37th Dance Critics Society of Japan Award
2006 The 16th Matsuyama Ballet Company Arts Encouragement Award
2008 The 58th Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award for Artistic encouragement (Dance Division)
2008 The 61st Niigata Nippo Culture Award
2008 The 40th Dance Critics Society of Japan Award
2015 The 33rd Takaya Eguchi Award
2019 The 60th Mainichi Art Award
2021 The 15th Japan Dance Forum Award Grand Prize
2021 Purple Ribbon Medal
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