YUMI UMIUMARE www.yumi.com.au
Born in Hyogo, Japan, Yumi is an established Butoh Dancer and choreographer from Australia. She has been creating her distinctive style of works over the last 25 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 critical acclaim and garnered several Australian Green Room awards. As a choreographer, Yumi has worked with many socially engaged theatre projects in Australia with aboriginal communities, refugees communities, culturally diverse people and company with and without disability. Yumi is a recipient of the fellowship from Australian Council (2015-16) and the winner of the Green Room Awards of Geoffrey Milne Memorial Award for her contribution to Contemporary and Experimental Performance. Her PopUp Tearoom Series has been performed over 20 locations nationally and internationally, including in Australia, Japan, Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy and Poland, Malaysia, the Philippines, Timor-Leste and Hong Kong. Yumi is currently artistic director of ButohOUT!festival in Melbourne.