Visual Identity by Clitories (Rukaya Springle).

Yumi Umiumare

Butoh Dancer and Choreographer

Born in Hyogo, Japan, Yumi is an established Butoh Dancer and choreographer and creator of Butoh Cabaret works.She has been creating her distinctive style of works for 30 years and her works are renowned for provoking visceral emotions and cultural identities. Yumi’s works have been seen in numerous festivals in dance, theatre and film productions throughout Australia, Japan, Europe, New Zealand, South East Asia and South America, and have received several Australian Green Room awards. As a choreographer, Yumi has worked with many socially engaged theatre projects, with Australian indiginous communities, Asylum seekers and refugee communities, culturally diverse groups and inclusive dance and theatre companies. Yumi is a recipient of a fellowship from Australia Council (2015-16) and the winner of the Green Room Geoffrey Milne Memorial Award in 2017 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to Contemporary and Experimental Performance. Yumi is an artistic director of ButohOUT! Festival, activating local and international Butoh communities in Melbourne and teaches nationally and internationally.

Words that describe me:
Open | Optimistic | Odd

Words that describe my practice:
Dance of Darkness (Butoh) | Spirit | Tea

Photo by Mathew Lynn.