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Kyoko Ruch



Biography

Kyoko Ruch is a dancer, choreographer and teacher in the DC area. Kyoko began her early dance training at the Classical Ballet Theatre in Herndon, Virginia under the direction of Cynthia Donovan. She pioneered in the Virginia Commonwealth University/Richmond Ballet trainee joint program and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography with a Concentration in Performance.

She has performed with Richmond Ballet, Company E, Von Howard Project, Helen Simoneau Danse, Company Danzante, Priore Dance, Gin Dance, Company E and I.C. Movement Project. She has worked with many renowned choreographers such as Lidia Wos, Joshua L. Peugh, Helen Simoneau, Stefanie Batten Bland, Malcolm Burn, Christian Von Howard and William Soleau. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and has toured overseas to Russia, Cuba, Israel and Azerbaijan with Company E on a mission of cultural diplomacy.

Kyoko began her choreographic endeavors upon graduation from VCU while still pursuing her performing career. Her work has been performed in choreographic showcases and festivals in the DC/Virginia region. In her first international tour with KyokoDansu she performed her work, "Alyce/Donna" in the Dance Stages Shanghai Contemporary Dance Festival 2016. She was a recipient of the 2016-2017 Dance Metro DC Choreographers' Commission to create the work, "Girl on Girl" performed at Dance Place in DC.

Watch Past Performances

Video 9/29/2017: Local Dance Commissioning Project: When Snails Collide, choreography by Kyoko Ruch

In this quirky dance/theater piece, a drag queen show—inexplicably reminiscent of a women’s 1930s white lawn tennis match—gets turned upside down by the unexpected arrival of a new competitor, bet– on dissembling the close-knit group. Mixing colorful costume, prop, and set design elements with the sounds of gypsy music and gibberish, this satirical work for all ages highlights our insecurities as humans and our will to make the most of life.

In addition to When Snails Collide, audiences will also enjoy EroSpace, a world premiere of a live collaboration between Scanner (British Artist Robin Rimbaud) and Kyoko Dansu. The work is a conversation between movement and sound and an exploration of the space and environment created in this relationship, using live projections. For more information about Scanner visit: http://www.scannerdot.com

Video 9/28/2017: Local Dance Commissioning Project: When Snails Collide, choreography by Kyoko Ruch

In this quirky dance/theater piece, a drag queen show—inexplicably reminiscent of a women’s 1930s white lawn tennis match—gets turned upside down by the unexpected arrival of a new competitor, bet– on dissembling the close-knit group. Mixing colorful costume, prop, and set design elements with the sounds of gypsy music and gibberish, this satirical work for all ages highlights our insecurities as humans and our will to make the most of life.

In addition to When Snails Collide, audiences will also enjoy EroSpace, a world premiere of a live collaboration between Scanner (British Artist Robin Rimbaud) and Kyoko Dansu. The work is a conversation between movement and sound and an exploration of the space and environment created in this relationship, using live projections. For more information about Scanner visit: http://www.scannerdot.com

Kyoko Ruch photo by Francisco Campos-Lopez