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Born in Akita, Japan in 1981. Yoshitaka studied dance at Tokyo School of Music and Peridance Capezio Center, Broadway Dance Center NYC.
Studied UK Jazz Dance(UK underground Jazz dance style, born in the 70’s which features fast & furious steps and improvised dance) under Irven Lewis and Wayne James(Brothers in Jazz), Horie Haruki(Sound Cream Steppers) In 2015, he met a one big mural “Akita no Gyoji” painted by Tsuguharu Foujita, and got deeply impressed and began to study Japanese folk performing art. Performed dance piece “Akita no Gyoji” at Hie Hachiman Shrine(Organized by Akita Museum of Art). In 2016, YOSHITAKA and preservation society of Hanekawa Kenbayashi (Intangible folk-cultural properties, designed by Akita city) revised sword dance. Now he is basing in Amsterdam and performing “Fusion Japanese Folk Art” in Europe. Ogata-mura support ambassador.
1981年秋田市生まれ。秋田高校卒。東京スクールオブミュージック卒業後、2005年に渡米。Peridance Capezio Center, Broadway Dance Center NYCでダンスを学ぶ。NYハーレムにあるアポロシアター「アマチュアナイト」で準優勝2回。即興で、激しく、高速ステップで踊るUK Jazz Dance を得意とする。
2009年世界1周ダンス放浪の旅を経て帰国。SMAP”We are SMAP”コンサートツアー、北京公演やケツメイシ、氷川きよしのバックダンサーを務める。2012年に渡英、UK Jazz Dance Bebop style創始者Brothers in JazzのIrven Lewis, Wayne Jamesに師事。ハイネケン全世界CM、SONYブラジルW杯CM、Incognito、Mario BiondiのPVに出演。2014年に一時帰国。故郷秋田にて藤田嗣治の大壁画「秋田の行事」に出会い、秋田の民俗芸能や祭りなどを学び、2015年日吉八幡神社にて「秋田の行事」を踊りで表現し奉納する。(秋田県立美術館主催)
2016年には秋田市無形民俗文化財「羽川剣ばやし」の失われた剣舞を創作し、復活させた。2016年末よりオランダに拠点を移し、ヨーロッパ各地でUK Jazz Danceと日本の民俗芸能を融合させた表現でパフォーマンスしている。大潟村応援大使。
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21~25 Aug 2018
2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe
UK
15 Jul 2018
Japan Fest in Munich
Germany
07 Apr 2018
Cherry Blossom Festival
Netherlands
27~28 Jan 2018
Germany
19 Dec 2017
Onuma Yosuke Jam Ka Live Guest performance
France
03~04 Nov 2017
France
20 Oct 2017
Netherlands
08 Oct 2017
Netherlands
24 Sep 2017
UK
22 Sep 2017
Netherlands
17 Jun 2017
Performance at De Gelderlandfabriek
Netherlands
31 May 2017
Performance at OT301
Netherlands
21 May 2017
Kibousai at Maison Du Japon
France
16 Mar 2017
Performance at Theatre Ins Blau
Netherlands
03 Mar 2017
Performance at De Gelderlandfabriek
Netherlands
08 Dec 2016
YOSHITAKA DANCE LIVE in Akita
Japan
17 Oct 2015
Akita Museum of Art concert, dedicate "Akita no Gyoji" Dance
Japan
21 Feb 2015
YOSHITAKA Triumphal Live at The Cat Walk
Japan
25 Dec 2013
Performance at Kurzschluss in Ljubljana
Slovenia
09 Nov 2013
Performance at The MOJO in Hamburg
Germany
05 Feb 2012
Guest performance at Street Jam vol.10
Korea
24 Aug 2009
Performance at Conjunto Folklórico Nacional de Cuba
Cuba
03 May 2009
Performance at The Albany
UK
11~20 Aug 2008
Noh International Workshop and Performance at Tessenkai
Japan
11,18 June 2008
Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater, 2nd Prize
USA
Works
Works
Amazon music
Heineken
Heineken
Sony
Phonak
Works
INCOGNITO "Hats (Make Me Wanna Holler"
Mario Biondi "Shine On"
DJ Fresh ft. RaVaughn "The Feeling"
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●Choreography
Park Yong Ha First Japan Tour 2015
●Model
NIKE x UNDERCOVER GYAKUSOU SPRING 2014
MODA Fashion Show Catwalk 2013
●Musical
2005,6 "The Boy From Oz" directed by Philip McKinley | Ensemble
2003 "Saturday Night Fever The Musical" directed by Koichi Tomozawa | Ensemble
●Film
2014 "Kingsman: The Secret Service" directed by Matthew Vaughn | Fashionista
Japan Europe
" YOSHITAKA SUZUKI's performance in front of the excited audience showed dance figures from Japan never experienced before. All Japan Festival Berlin 2018 visitors regarded YOSHITAKA SUZUKI as one of the highlights of the weekend. "

Christian Wagner, Organiser, Japan Festival Berlin 2018

" The dynamic dance performance of YOSHITAKA SUZUKI shows a mix of traditional Japanese dance figures in combination with his own modern dance choreography. We had so many positive and enthusiastic reactions of the visitors of the Japan Festival 2017 in Amstelveen and his performance was one of the highlights of the festival! ”

Organising committee Japan Festival 2017, Amstelveen

“ Yoshitaka Suzuki has been a prominent figure in London's and the International dance scene. It is with great pleasure we endorse and give a support to this adventure in dance and creative Japanese expressions. ”

Bluey aka Jean-Paul Maunick, Incognito

" Yoshitaka, obviously his creativity and technique, I was deeply impressed his attitude to express to the limit of himself and world-class improvisation dance. "

Yosuke Onuma, Jazz Guitarist

" Unprecedented dancer who combine high-speed step UK Jazz dance and traditional performing arts of Akita. "

The Akita Sakigake Shimpo newspapers digital edition

" Dancer who graft Japanese spirit onto global-level techniques, that Akita boasts to the world. "

Shohei Okumura, TV director

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Dance “Japan"
Fusion Japanese Folk Art
Fusion Japanese Folk Art is a new expression of Japan.
Based on Japanese traditional culture, folk performing arts and unite with fast & furious footworks, improvised expression of UK Jazz Dance.
Performed with Japanese traditional clothes and equipments such as Montsuki-Hakama, Hanui, Namahage mask, Katana, Sensu.
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“Akita no Gyoji"
- Duration:13 minute
Dance expression of “Akita no Gyoji"(The events of Akita) painted by Tsuguharu Foujita in 1937. It shows the daily lives and festivities of 107 people of Akita, their casual poses and dynamic movements looked like they were all dancing. Premiere in 2015 at Hie Hachiman Shrine, organized by Akita Museum of Art.
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“Hanekawa Kenbayashi"
- Duration: 8 minutes
The beginning is over 400 years ago, The lord of Hanekawa danced with Katana(-Japanese sword) at war victory cerebration. For a long period of time, the sword dance is lost, only hand and Sensu(Japanese fan) dance has been handed down.
In 2016, YOSHITAKA and preservation society of Hanekawa Kenbayashi worked together sword dance revival project. Revival sword dance is composed of some original Hanekawa form and Senboku Kagura(sword dancing for shrine ritual of Senboku, Akita)
Now the sword dance is handed down officialy to young people of Hanekawa and performing atfe stival of Hanekawa. (Akita city designated intangible cultural properties)
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“Namahage"
- Duration: 10 minutes
On New year's eve, Namahage come down from mountain and go around local houses to warn lazy kids and bad behavior person.
And bring protection from illness and disaster for new year.
Namahage is not demon, but God.
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“Akita Nikatabushi"
- Duration: 3 minutes
Improvisation dance which touches air water, light and soil of homeland with a traditional folk song played by shamisen.
Music:
The Cat Walk Jazz Band 羽川剣ばやし保存会(Hanekawa Kenbayashi Preservation Society) 伽羅(Kyara)
Costume:
真砂三千代(Michiyo Masago, Afa) 石川千秋(Senshu Ishikawa) 呉服やまだい(Gofuku Yamadai) 和〜夢(WAAMU) NPO法人 油谷これくしょん(Aburaya-Collection)
Photo:
Irven Lewis PHOTOX
Film:
mel digital
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