Dancer & Choreographer
This award was generously supported by the
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.


For the last 26 years, Oguri has taught, created, and produced dance and multimedia work that investigates the relationship dance has to environment and considers the boundaries between performer and audience. Oguri’s inspiration to dance came after meeting Butoh founder Hijikata Tatsumi, and in 1985, he started performing with Mai-Juku, the company of acclaimed dancer Min Tanaka. In 1991, Oguri moved to Los Angeles and formed Body Weather Laboratory LA with dancer Roxanne Steinberg. Then, he formed ARCANE Collective in 2011 with Morleigh Steinberg, touring full productions.

Oguri has developed collaborative projects with musicians, sculptors, painters, and poets, using imagery of daily life and simple materials to transform space and time with dance. He incorporates large-scale sets and sculpture installations in his multimedia works and uses dramatic, often chiaroscuro lighting in formal theater settings and site-specific venues. Oguri has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, Metabolic Studio/ Annenberg Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, The Rockefeller Foundation, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, The James Irvine Foundation, and Dance USA, among others.
Photo by Morleigh Steinberg: ARCANE Collective.

  • Distance is Beautiful, Grand Park, Downtown LA, 2017. Photo by Javier Guillen.
  • Return to Absence (Oguri, Andres Corchero, and Boaz Barkan), Dublin Dance Festival, 2014. Photo by Morleigh Steinberg.
  • Cold Dream Colour with Oguri and Roxanne Steinberg, Pavilion Theatre, Dublin, Ireland, 2010. Photo by Eoin McLoughlin.
  • Caddy! Caddy! Caddy! (Morleigh Steinberg, Oguri, and Roxanne Steinberg), Indianapolis Museum of Art, 2009. Photo by Moses Hacmon.