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In Conversation with Yayoi Kambara

PUSH Dance Company is proud to present choreography by Yayoi Kambara on September 20-22, 2019 for PUSHfest Program B at ODC Theater in San Francisco. 


Tell us a little bit about your dance background.
Yayoi Kambara directs KAMBARA + DANCERS. She was the rehearsal director for AXIS Dance Company in 2015, and currently, directs KAMBARA + DANCERS. From 2003-2015, she was a full-time company member with ODC/Dance. Kambara has focused the last three years on her choreography. Kambara is part of the 4th cohort of Association of Performing Arts Professionals Leadership Fellows Program co-directed by Ken Foster and Krista Bradley. Locally, Kambara is part of the Hope Mohr’s Bridge Project’s Community Engagement Residency Dancing Around Race lead by choreographer Gerald Casel. Kambara curates dance performances for the Asian Art Museum.

What can audiences look forward to seeing in your work at PUSHfest
Corey Brady and Sonsheree Giles!

What are the major sources of inspiration for your choreography?
It feels important to make work for my community and family.

If you hadn’t chosen this career, what might you have been doing in your life?

What advice would you pass on to an aspiring choreographer?
Think about who you are making for and why dance?

Learn more: kambaraplus.org