Expressing Japanese spirit in his original way
Photos of him at the Cathedral and other places in Liverpool
Nagachoo has been a street performer since 15 years now, visiting
and performing in 8 countries so far: Spain, Thailand, Bali (Indonesia),
America (New York), etc.
During his past artistic activity, Nagachoo has been working with some local communities in Bali along a local festival, meeting artists and working with children and adult groups.
Some of his most important artistic achievements and experiences seem
to be the two solo exhibitions both held in Japan, Tokyo. First one
held in Senkawa area of Tokyo, in a small theatre space, where he danced
freely and exhibited his work. Since one of his dreams was to dance
in a theatre space, this event remains of great importance to the artist.
The artist has a wide portfolio within mixed media and live performance Art, 'happening', involving dancing, painting or Calligraphy at huge scale, flute music, etc. He also excels in creating paintings and mixed media work, combining the 'old and the new 'techniques such as: calligraphy or pyrography (a wood burning technique using a specific tool) and oil painting creating unique abstract artworks with a Japanese spirit.
“His approach to performance is truly original through a combination of traditional folk based elements and contemporary art ideas. Has widely been exhibiting and performing and being awarded a few prestigious awards.
Nagachoo started to explore his dance ever since he was shocked to watch Antonio Gades' film, "Carmen" to find such a unique way of dance. He unconsciously aware of Budo (marshal arts) essence naturally built-in to his dance style. He finds happiness in re-discovering himself in different movements.
Started his creative career in 1983 with the release of his comic book "Tokkuri".” Since, he organised 16 exhibitions under various themes, has been accepted twice to Liquitex Bienniale ('93, '94) and has been awarded few prizes and encouragement awards from various art competitions, such as: a Serge Marjisse Prize, a Grand Prize of the 6th Art World Awards, Unique Awards in the 11th and 12th Yuten Awards; received a merit recognition in the 12th Neko Daisuki Competition; won an Encouragement Awards in the 6th and 7th Fude-Asobi (2001/2002); won an Encouragement Award in The 3rd Lion Illustration Competition and in 2003 an Award of Excellence in The 3rd Postcard Print Competition
Meanwhile, Nagachoo has been dancing regardless of time and space, in the streets, parks, at live venues and festivals.
The cycle of his live performance activity in Liverpool ended where it started: at Ikonography, on the 13th of October, during the last open evening (5.30 -8.30pm) of the project and exhibition.
"Fire& Eurhythmy" exhibition was open to the public until 10th of November 2006.
Text put together by Nicole Bartos, after interviewing the artist and using extracts from Nagachoo’s byography.
assisted by Minako Jackson who has covered all translation matters,
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