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Dancer, choreographer and teacher, founder of Minako Seki Company. Her artistic approach can not be separated from her personal philosophy of living, which in a wholistic way combines vipassana meditation, macrobiotic cooking and Japanese traditional body healing techniques.
Born in Japan, Minako Seki lives and works in Berlin since 1986. Her first source of influence were the Japanese dancers Tetsuro Tamura and Anzu Furukawa. Both masters have in common a crucial consideration of human and emotional levels and the fusion of contemporary dance and physical theater with the classic Butoh dance technique.
In her pieces Seki investigates the communication between the conscious and subconscious, the description of emotional states and the boundaries between reality and illusion.
Since 1996 she has been working as a director and choreographer under her own name. In doing so, she is always interested in interdisciplinary projects; for example she choreographed the opera “The Final Solution” by Peter Michael Hamel and collaborated several times in productions for performance groups like Showcase Beat le Mot (“Nazi Super Menschen sind euch allen überlegen” in DingDongDom, HAU and other venues, 2014-2016, “Animal Farm” in the Theater an der Parkaue, 2014, “1534” at the HAU, Theater in the Pumpenhaus Münster and WUK Wien, 2010-2013, “The Bremer Stadtmusikanten” at the Theater an der Parkaue, 2010) and the group She She Pop (“Ende” in FFT Düsseldorf and Schwankhalle Bremen, 2013-2015)
In the last two years, Minako Seki has been part of the project “We Women”, in collaboration with Spanish dancer Sol Picó, Shantala Shivalingappa and Julie Dossavi. The piece (twice finalist in the Spanish Max Prize Awards 2015 and 2016) had a great success in theaters such as the Grec Festival in Barcelona, Fabbrica Europa in Florence and FIBA Festival in Buenos Aires.
With her new production “Equilibrio Arcaico”, in 2016 Minako Seki entered the world of flamenco. The piece is the first step of her collaboration with the renowned dancer and choreographer Israel Galván. In 2017 they will realize an international Tournee with performances in important theaters such as Festival d’Avignon or Theatre de La Ville du Luxembourg between many others
She has brought her body technique and teaching method together under the „Seki Method“, that she teached in numerous workshops and master classes worldwide. She was guest professor at the Institute for Applied Theater Studies in Giessen, at the Folkwang Hochschule Essen and at the Hamburg University for Performing Arts, between others.