Yokko is an actress, Butoh & Theatre Artist, Movement & yoga instructor from Nagoya, Japan. She has acted in, devised and choreographed a variety of local and international shows, having won several awards, including “Best One-Woman Show” for her Butoh Medea (United Solo 2014 at Theatre Row). Butoh Medea was selected to perform at *United Solo Europe in Warsaw, Poland in June, 2015, then toured to Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015, and selected for the short list of The Asian Arts Award. Butoh Medea has been touring USA & Europe since 2015. Other theatre credits include Hide Your Fires (Nu Works Festival 2017, United Solo 2017), BALDY (Center of Remembering & Sharing; United Solo 2013; Hollywood Fringe 2013; FringeNYC 2012; Dorothy Strelsin Theatre), Antigone (Planet Connection 2016), Butoh Electra (Irondale Center; FringeNYC 2011), and many others. Dance credits include Isis Variations (Fringe NYC 2014); Facet (Hollywood Fringe 2013; Wave Rising Series); Cappricho (Dixon Place), and many others. Yokko also acted in several of local and international films, one of which was the silver winner film for Student Academy 2016, Cloud - Kumo-. She is the associate artistic director of The Ume Group as well as the artistic director of Ren Gyo Soh in NYC.
She has been giving her workshop "Butoh & Movement for Physical Theatre", "Movement for Actors" in festivals & Universities in USA and Europe.
*United Solo Europe: Fiona Shaw, LynnMarie Rink have performed there in 2014
Awards: Winner of Best One-Woman Show, Best Choreography, Best Physical Theatre Show (Butoh Medea, United Solo 2014 & 2015); Winner of Best Physical Theatre, Best Sound Design (Hide Your Fires, United Solo 2017), Nominee for Best Supporting Actress (Antigone, Planet Connection 2016), Nominee for Best International Performance (BALDY, Hollywood Fringe 2013).
BA in Theatre (University at Albany), MFA in Acting (The Actors Studio)
Attended University of Oregon (Theatre Arts)
Photo by Shrin Tinati