The Heroine’s Journey of Yokko

What is the best thing that I love about my work?   
1. Telling a story of a life: either acting or dancing.  We – performers- have a chance to dance and perform out of life. And I really appreciate that I can do what I love to do.
 2. Traveling many places, meeting new people and connecting with them, and also I love collaborating with other people to create new work- exchanging cultures, getting to know each other- understanding
What is my idea of perfect happiness? There is no perfect happiness. I think happiness depends on how we see life. We can find a happiness daily life. We can just recognize a moment of happiness everyday and embrace these moments -. If we all can do that- that would be amazing. Happiness will spread more. Particularly when I feel free- from anything- I feel happiness as well as when I feel I’m surrounded by loved ones.
What is my greatest fear?  not being able to move- I am a physical theatre artist, and teach dance & movement
 
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?  impatient? And sometimes I receive too many inspirations and I can not handle them well.
 
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? “most” is such a strong word—. I admire many people in my profession-  But probably-  Judy Dench, Meryl Streep, Reese weatherspoon, and Mark Rylance
 
What is my greatest extravagance?  Educational cost, producing a show
 
On what occasion would I lie?  Probably when I need to be polite- but I can not lie, because when I try to do, people notice it immediately. So I stopped doing that when I was at middle school. My face shows exactly what I am thinking or feeling. So I usually say very honest things, and if I cannot say things because it’s not polite- I avoid the conversation. (As a Japanese- being polite is pretty important. So I do my best to be polite but my face shows how I feel-those are very comical moments or tragic moments for me)
 
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? financially very unstable.
 
When and where was I the happiest, in my work? on stage. (I feel living – and free- even though I get to suffer from the situations which the character is in) Rehersal period : I love a moment of creating. Very exciting .
 
If I could, what would I change about myself?  None10 years ago I would say- my appearance: I lost my hair and skin. I have been carrying my sickness since 19 years old. I almost died, and I wanted to die. I wanted my hair back, I wanted my skin back, and be normal. However- without those illness and condition I would not be who and what I am now. And I love who I am now. All those scars made me now. And I love people around me, and all connections with people. I am happy that I can do what I love, and I enjoy living my life. So I would not change anything. I feel like I received a gift/illness to connect with people honestly.
 
What is my greatest achievement in work?  I can do what I love to do. I received quite  a few awards in the past past years and some people have recognized my work a little bit. And some people and organizations have given me opportunities to perform, teach and travel.
Where would I most like to live? My favorite places to live are: New York, Tokyo, Oregon.
 
What is my most treasured possession? workaholic? just kidding! (Not really)
I think it is Passion.
 
What is my most marked characteristic “Yugen Jikkou” it’s a Japanese proverb
It means, “I do when I say I do.”
 
What is my most inspirational location, in my city?  —– I get inspiration everywhere. Every location has a specific energy, and I can have those as my inspiration. Really there are no specific spots to get inspired- many times happens in theatres, museums, parks,
What is my favorite place to eat and drink, in my city? home- home cooking is the best. Maybe east village? Many Japanese restaurants and bars and small theatres
 
What books influenced my life and how? Kenji Miyazawa – fantazy but spiritually really deep. Hayao Miyazaki’s comic books, “Naushika of the Valley on the wind”
The character, Naushika became my heroine in my life. I have been wanting to be her in my entire life. Suspense novels. Comics. My original creations are very influenced by them. — transformation, hero/ heroine, growing, justice, spirituality and fantasy.
Who are my favorite writers? Kenji Miyazawa
 
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Sound of nature / atmosphere (no music)
 
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Naushika (from Naushika of the Valley of the wind)
 
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Father, Mother, Grandparents
 
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? Hayao Miyazaki films (all of them)
 
What role plays art in my life and work? everything
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? mother
 
Whom would I like to work with in 2018?  everyone who I will work with.
 
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2018? i never have thought about this-. Judy Dench!
 
What project, in 2018, am I looking forward to work on? HakuRyu Hime (Solo Butoh Piece, it will premiere in Oct. at New York Butoh Insititute Festival. Hide Your Fires -a story of lady Macbeth – Work in progress. Butoh Medea at Thespis Festival in Germany
Fox Mask project with Void Theatre Company. En- Universal Connections. Hamlet 
 
Where can you see me or my work in 2018?
 
Oct.4, Noguchi Isamu Room in Keio University, tokyo, Japan
Oct. 18th Shira Hime Ryu (butoh Solo) at NY Butoh Institute Festival
Movember 13th Butoh Medea at Thespis Festival, Kiel, Germany
 
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? I am driven by passion all my life. I survived from death bed- because of passion. I never give up my dream- because of passion. No Passion No Life.
 
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?
 
Vanessa Teran, Photographer, Visual Artist, Ecuador
Leni Mendez, Theatre Director, Costume Designer, Argentina
Yvonne Ng, Film Director, Singapore
Keelie Sheridan, Theatre & Film Director, Actress, USA
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