CHOREOGRAPHER
OGURI

Oguri, a native of Japan and a resident of Southern California since 1990 conducts Body Weather Laboratory a forum for investigating the body and environment (founded in Japan in 1978 by Min Tanaka). He teaches and performs worldwide. He works site-specifically in nature and urban landscapes - plazas, architectures, streets - as an improviser and with Jazz musicians. He develops multi-media works using literature, daily life imagery and simple materials to transform space and time with dance. His 5-year project supported by the Irvine Fellowship in Dance, an exploration of the California deserts, inspired the 2005 documentary Height of Sky by director Morleigh Steinberg. He is an artist-in-residence at the Electric Lodge in Venice, California.
Oguri has received support from the California Arts Council, The Annenberg Foundation the New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project, the Rockefeller Foundation, The Center for Cultural Innovation, The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, The Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Arts Partners Program, The Getty Center, the Irvine Fellowship in Dance and the 2005 Irvine 'Dance: Creation to Performance' grant for his evening length work "Caddy! Caddy! Caddy!, William Faulkner Dance Project" which toured in November 2009 with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to the Indianapolis Museum of Art.