Donna Uchizono
Dancer and Choreographer
New York, NY
2016 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Donna Uchizono’s work is characterized by layered fragility, bold gestures and vivid imagery. Charting new territory with each venture, she creates a framework and original vocabulary specific to the individual piece. Uchizono is drawn to a redefined sense of ‘virtuosity’ that extends the markers of skill and excellence to push against human standards of patience, endurance and minute, intensely detailed movement.Uchizono has worked across a range of disciplines and has been presented in theaters, museums, galleries and non-traditional performance venues throughout the United States, Europe, South America, Asia, and Australia. Uchizono has created work for notables Mikhail Baryshnikov, MacArthur Fellow David Hammons, Pulitzer Playwright Paula Vogel, and neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks. Her work is distinguished by numerous collaborative projects with composers Fred Frith, “Butch” Morris, David Shively, Tom Cora, James Lo and Guy Yarden, visualist David Hammons and performance artist Rachel Rosenthal.A Guggenheim Fellow and “Bessie” award winner, Uchizono has been honored by many awards and grants including the Alpert Award, National Endowment for the Arts grants, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, Creative Capital, National dance Project, Jerome Foundation grants and MapFund among numerous others.

Portrait photo by Peggy Jarrell Kaplan.
  • Artwork by Donna Uchizono
    “Sticky Majesty”, 2016. Photo by Scott Shaw.
  • Artwork by Donna Uchizono
    “State of Heads”, 1999. Photo by John Cyr.
  • Artwork by Donna Uchizono
    “Thin Air”, 2007. Photo by Julieta Cervantes.
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