Nanako Nakajima was born and raised in Tokyo. She is a certified traditional Japanese dance master, a Jacobs Pillow 2006 Research Fellow, a visiting scholar at Tisch School NYU 06. After she received her Ph.D. at Free University Berlin, she was appointed to be a Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science and fellow of international research center »Interweaving Performance Cultures« Free University Berlin. Currently she teaches at Free University Berlin, and several universities in Japan.
She has worked as a dance dramaturg with NY downtown artists and Nanako’s dramaturgical work with luciana achugar, ‘Exhausting Love at Danspace Project’, was awarded 2006-07 New York Dance and Performance Awards (‘The Bessies’). Her dramaturgical works include chameckilerner’s “Costumes By God”（NY Dance Theater Workshop, 2005,）Koosil-ja Hwang’s “mech[a]OUTPUT” (NY Japan Society, 2007,) Osamu Jareo’s “Theater Thikwa plus Junkan Project”（Kobe-Berlin-Kyoto 2008- 2012,）Sebastian Matthias’ “x/groove space” (tanzhaus NRW/Festival Tokyo 2016). She has received 2017 Special Commendation of Elliott Hayes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy from the Literary Manager and Dramaturgs of the Americas.
She co-curated and organized international dance symposia entitled “The Aging Body in Dance” in Berlin (2012) and in Tokyo (2014) and realized the Asian premier of “An Evening with Judy” by Raimund Hoghe. Currently she prepares for the performative exhibition on Yvonne Rainer and Postmodern Dance at Shunju-za Kabuki Theater at Kyoto Experiment 2017, from October 11-15 2017.
Curatorial Direction: Dance Archive Boxes@TPAM2016 (Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama 2016); Screening Program “Dancing Multiple Futures,” The Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2017, Tokyo Photographic Museum
Recent Publications: Dance Dramaturgy: Modes of Agency, Awareness and Engagement (Palgrave, 2015), The Aging Body in Dance: A cross-cultural perspective, co-edited with Gabriele Brandstetter (Routledge, 2017); Moving (Across) Borders: Performing Translation, Intervention, Participation, edited by Gabriele Brandstetter and Holger Hartung (Bielefeld: transcript, 2017); “Kazuo Ohno and Anohni: From Without and Within” in exhibition catalogue of Anohni—My Truth, James Elaine, Peter Hujar, Kazuo Ohno, Bielefeld Kunsthalle 2017.
Nanako Nakajima was born and raised in Tokyo. She is a certified traditional Japanese dance maste…