Natsuko is an emerging Japanese-Australian multidisciplinary and multimedia artist based in Canberra, working with dance, physical theatre, film, sound, and visual art. Her interests lie in directing immersive, innovative, and interdisciplinary live productions which are often influenced by social issues.
In 2020, Natsuko graduated with a Bachelor of Design from the ANU School of Art and Design. She trained in contemporary dance with QL2 (Quantum Leap)’s youth ensemble from 2014-2020 where she performed across Canberra and toured to Melbourne for the 2017 Australian Youth Dance Festival.
Since 2014, Natsuko has been very active in the arts scene in Canberra, directing, co-choreographing, and producing her first short dance, spoken word and film production, ‘The Hikikomori’, which premiered at the 2019 Art Not Apart Festival. Since then, her career in directing live performance and producing her own work has been recognised by Canberra critics and other prominent Canberra-based artists. In October 2020, Natsuko directed her first full-length physical theatre, dance and live original music production, ‘Mess’, at Belconnen Arts Centre which sold out all four shows and was critically acclaimed and received a Canberra Critics Circle Award for its lighting design.
Natsuko aims to create performance works that will challenge traditional theatre by incorporating technology and blur the lines between the digital and physical realms.
LIVE DREAMS: DISTANCE, 2022
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