takahiro yamamoto




Originally from Shizuoka, Japan, Takahiro is an artist based in Portland, working specifically in dance performance, sculpture, and photography. His practice is sociological and observational. It formally and metaphorically investigates intricacies in exposing performer’s idiosyncratic beings on stage such as physical qualities, emotional states, habitual behaviors, and expression of spontaneous thoughts. Both of his performance productions and visual art works have been shown at GoDown Arts Centre (Nairobi, Kenya), Bedlam Lowertown (St.Paul), Fresh Festival (San Francisco), Center on Contemporary Arts (Seattle), Rowan Gallery (Los Angeles), and Disjecta (Portland). He has performed for Xavier Le Roy (Montpellier), Mårten Spångberg (Stockholm), Keith Hennessy (San Francisco), Jmy James (Los Angeles), Perseverance Theatre Company (Alaska) and others. In 2014, he was invited to Nairobi by Kenyan choreographer Opiyo Okach to work closely with local artists. It culminated into a dance performance Conversation, which he choreographed and collaborated with local dancers. He holds a master of fine arts degree in Visual Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art. He is a recipient of 2015 Creative Exchange Lab administered by Portland Institute for Contemporary Art and 2012 danceWEB scholarship in the frame of ImPulsTanz festival in Vienna, Austria. He co-directs a performance company madhause with Ben Evans, and a part of Portland-based group Physical Education with Allie Hankins, keyon gaskin, and Lucy Yim.

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-Selected Dance Performances / Theatre Productions
-Rules of Engagement: solo performance, at Fresh Festival, San Francisco, California

-Rules of Engagement: solo performance, at ShortSpace Gallery, Portland, Oregon
-(Un)Made by Linda Austin: as a dancer, at Performance Works NW, Portland, Oregon
-Fun/Fuck: a collaboration with Lucy Yim: at Performance Works NW, Portland, Oregon
-Three Songs; as a choreographer, at Dance+ Festival, Portland, Oregon
-Bach Overture b-minor; solo performance in collaboration with pianist Mary Sutton, at Disjecta, Portland, Oregon
-Northern Lights + Magnificat; as a choreographer, at Studio II, Portland, Oregon
-Body of Architecture/Architecture of Body; as a choreographer, at Innovation Studio, Portland, Oregon

-Retrospective by Xavier Le Roy; as a dancer, at MoMA PS1, Queens, New York
-Hindsight; solo performance, at Bedlam Lowerton, St. Paul, Minnesota
-Conversations; as a choreographer, at GoDown Arts Center, Nairobi, Kenya
-Objecting; solo performance, at S1, Portland, Oregon
-the Blue Bear: as an actor, at Perseverance Theater, Juneau, Alaska
-Warriors: as an actor, at Perseverance Theater, Juneau, Alaska
-Hindsight: solo performance, at Studio II, Portland, Oregon

-Think Here. Think There.; solo performance, at the Garage, San Francisco, California
-The Ocean by Mårten Spångberg; as a dancer, at Whenever Wherever Festival, Tokyo, Japan
-Light Noise by Lucy Lee Yim; as a dancer, at Disjecta, Portland, Oregon
-Body of Architecture/Architecture of Body: solo performance, at Hadreen Gallery, Seattle, Washington
-In Traveling; as a choreographer, at Studio II, Portland, Oregon
-Solo #14; solo performance, at VideoFest, at Clinton Street Theater, Portland, Oregon

-Turbulence by Keith Hennesy; as a dancer, at PICA’s TBA Festival, Portland, Oregon
-Solo #13; solo performance, at PICA’s TBA Festival, Portland, Oregon
-Three Male Strangers At Japan; solo performance, at Disjecta, Portland, Oregon
-(Un)change; solo performance, at FalseFront Gallery, Portland, Oregon
-The Blue Bear; as an actor, a touring theatre production, at Sydney Laurence Theater, Anchorage, Alaska
-D O T M A T R I X; by madhause, at PLACE Gallery, Portland Oregon

-Body of Architecture/Architecture of Body; solo performance, at BODYBOX North Wing, Portland, Oregon
-Male-Identified; solo performance, at Ray Warren Multicultural Symposium, Portland, Oregon
-Tonight by MGM Grand; as a dancer, at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon
-Tighty Righty; solo performance, at @937 Gallery, Portland, Oregon
-Inner Sunset by Jmy James; as a dancer, at Pieter, Los Angeles, California
-The Blue Bear; as an actor, at Perseverance Theater, Juneau, Alaska

-D O T M A T R I X; by madhause, at Rowan Gallery, Los Angeles, California

-(Un)change -Postal Experience; solo performance, at Rowan Gallery, Los Angeles, California

-Hamlet by Independent Shakespeare Company; as an actor, at Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California
-myselves; madhause, at Found Gallery, Los Angeles, California

-Usual Day for Cats; by madhause, at Boulder Public Library, Boulder, Colorado
-365 Days/365 Plays; by madhasue, at the Daily Center for the Arts, Boulder, Colorado
-Tosca Jumps! by Shamka Dance Theatre; as a dancer, at Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica, California

-Solo Exhibition
-Past Ephemera; (sculpture) at Albina Press, Portland, Oregon

-Meet Somebody; (sculpture, video, installation) at PLACE Gallery, Portland, Oregon

-Postal Experience; (sculpture, video, performance installation) at Rowan Gallery, Los Angeles, California

-Group Exhibition
-Unintended Connection, NPN/VAN Annual Meeting Exhibition; (photography) at Disjecta, Portland, Oregon

-VISIONS; (performance art) at East End, Portland, Oregon

-Closer Quarter; (performance art) at Multiplex Gallery, Portland, Oregon
-MFA Thesis Exhibition; (drawings) at Vigor Industrial, Portland, Oregon
-CoCA Annual Exhibition; (photography) at Center on Contemporary Art, Georgetown Gallery, Seattle, Washington

-MFA First-Year Exhibition; (video) at Disjecta, Portland, Oregon
-Eye on Eye; (sculpture) at Washington State University, Vancouver, Vancouver, Washington

-Rhizome; (sculpture) at Lodge Gallery, Portland, Oregon
-Pulp; (sculpture) at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon
-Paper Cuts; (video and sculpture) at Fullerton College Art Gallery, Fullerton, California

Creative Exchange Lab, Portland Institute for Contemporary art, September 2015 in Portland, Oregon
Project Grant 2015, Fun/Fuck, a collaboration with Lucy Yim, Regional Arts and Culture Council, 2015 in Portland, Oregon
Creative Exchange with Opiyo Okach, Africa Contemporary Arts Consortium, August 2014 in Nairobi, Kenya
Caldera Residency 2012 with Gregg Bordowitz and Julie Ault, October 2012 in Portland, Oregon
danceWEB Scholarship Programme, ImPulsTanz, July 2012 in Vienna, Austria
Ray Warren Multicultural Symposium, Grand Jury Prize, November 2011 in Portland, Oregon
Pacific Northwest College of Arts, Laura Russo Memorial Scholarship, August 2011 in Portland, Oregon
California State University, Summer Arts Tuition & Housing Scholarship, August 2004 in Fresno, California

Pacific Northwest College of Arts: Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies, June 2013
University of California, Los Angeles, Extension: Digital Photography, May 2010
California State University, Northridge: Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies: Minor in Theatre Arts, May 2004

Portland State University, School of Art, Performance workshop; May 2015, Portland, Oregon
GoDown Arts Centre; Contemporary Performance, guest artist; August 2014, Nairobi, Kenya
Portland State University, School of Art, Time-Art, guest artist; Spring 2014, Portland, Oregon
Pacific Northwest College of Art; Beginning Video, Teaching Assistant; Fall 2012, Portland, Oregon
Open Flight Studio; “Weak Ground” Dance Workshop; November 2012, Seattle, Washington
Pacific Northwest College of Art; Video Installation, Teaching Assistant; Spring 2012, Portland, Oregon
Fullerton College; Artist Lecture; March 2011, Fullerton, California
Juneau Community Charter School; Experimental Dance Movement; February 2011, Juneau, Alaska
Mercer County Community College; Suzuki Acting Method Workshop; October 2008, West Windsor, New Jersey

Physical Education, performance collective and community organizer; co-founder & co-artistic director, 2013 - Present
Whenever Wherever Festival in Tokyo; interpreter, stage manager, October 2013
madhause, performance duo based on long-distance collaboration; co-founder & co-artistic director, 2006 - Present
Pieter Performance Space, Los Angeles; official photographer, March 2010 – July 2011
Independent Shakespeare Company, Los Angeles; actor/assistant stage manager, 2004 – 2008

Dance is How I See by Deborah Hay: October 2015, Seattle, Washington
Body Mind World by Simone Forti; October 2013, Portland, Oregon
Writing Dance by Jonathan Burrows; August 2012, Vienna, Austria
Crossing the Stage by Matteo Fargion; July 2012, Vienna, Austria
Contemporary Dance Technique by Linda k. Johnson; January 2011 to present, Portland, Oregon
Goat Island Summer School, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; August 2007, Chicago, Illinois
Six Viewpoints by Mary Overlie; September 2006, Los Angeles, California
Suzuki Method / Viewpoints with SITI Company; August 2006, Saratoga Spring, New York

David Thomson & Takahiro Yamamoto. Movement Research, August 22, 2015. “Critical Correspondence: Takahiro
Yamamoto in Conversation with David Thomson”
Johnson, Barry. Oregon Arts Watch, July 8, 2015. "Conduit's Dance Plus: Same fierce dancing, new location"
Killeen Hanson. Untitled Magazine, April 12, 2012. “Accumulating Movement”
Dunham, Mike. Anchorage Daily News. February 2, 2012. “Perseverance Theatre offers Alaska classic”
Hachmann, Cari. Portland Observer. November 16, 2011. “Rap on Multiculturalism”
Blankenship, Mark. American Theatre Magazine. September 2011. “AN ALASKAN SATELLITE”
Senn, Evan A. The OC Art Blog. February 24, 2011. “Paper Cuts at Fullerton College”
Maier, Barbara Jo. Juneau Empire. January 27, 2011. “Views on ‘The Blue Bear’”
Radford, Richard. Capital City Weekly. January 12, 2011. “From page to stage: Bringing ‘The Blue Bear’ to life…”