KomaDancers and Choreographers
New York, NY
2006 USA Fellow
This award was generously supported by the Prudential Foundation.
Eiko and Koma have been performing together since 1972. They are known for choreographing intricate and deliberate movement works that combine contemporary dance, performance art, and elements of Japanese Butoh movement. Their works have been presented in venues such as the Japan Society, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Walker Art Center, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Eiko and Koma have collaborated with many other artists and groups, from composers and musicians such as Joseph Jennings and the Kronos Quartet to nonprofessionals such as a group of young Cambodian refugees. They have also been the subject of exhibitions at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. They are recipients of two Bessies, a 1996 MacArthur Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship, among many other honors, and they received the Samuel H. Scripps American dance Festival Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2004.
Portrait photo courtesy Phillip Trager.