Liz Kinoshita

Photo Credit: Kevin MacCormack

Concept Creator, Director, Performer

Liz Kinoshita was born in Toronto, Canada and moved to Europe in 2002 to further study and work. In 2004, Liz participated in DanceWEB in Vienna, Austria, after which she studied at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, Belgium from 2004-2008. Since graduating she has worked with various companies, such as ZOO/Thomas Hauert, tg STAN, Eleanor Bauer/GoodMove, Tino Sehgal, and Daniel Linehan/Hiatus, as well as making her own work. In 2013 she made her research into the mechanisms of the musical. Alongside other projects, she is touring her work VOLCANO (2014).
In February 2017 Liz premiered Radical Empathy, a work created on the graduating contemporary dance and choreography students of The Danish National School of Performing Arts. Her new creation You Can’t Take It With You premiered in November 2017.

Liz Kinoshita

Carravan choreographer of You Can't Take it With You and Five Standards

Catch Liz’s work in action on Necember 9th-10th, 8:00 PM, DANspace. General Seating – $25.00 Adults; $22.50 Seniors; $15.00 Students / Arts Worker / Under Waged

Liz Kinoshita has been working on her own choreographic proposals with Justin F. Kennedy, Clinton Stringer and Salka Ardal Rosengren since 2013, and with Vincent Jonsson and Bryana Fritz since 2016.  They work very collaboratively and Liz is honoured to spend time with these performers in both the creation process as well as on stage.   As such, they are excited to share the creative ideas this cast brings with them as well as the performance You Can’t Take It With You on this transnational tour of Canada in 2022, presented by a special network of partners including Springboard Performance’s Fluid Festival in Calgary (AB), Art Holm and Young Lungs Dance Exchange in Winnipeg (MA), The Toronto Dance Community Love – In in Toronto (ON), and Live Arts and SiNS in Halifax (NS), and we acknowledge the generous support of the Canada Council of the Arts.

You Can’t Take It With You

Liz Kinoshita is inspired by her relationship to necessity vs. waste and the weight it bears upon us,  physically, mentally and emotionally. In You Can’t Take It With You she investigates within dance and musicality, what we need to survive, and what we need to discard in order to sustain ourselves and our environments. The weight and momentum of the piece are driven by dancing, and singing performers: by pushing the tempos, tensions and expectations in the room, they provoke possible new angles and energy to explored problems.  

Dealing with necessity and waste is something we do everyday all across the globe in hugely different ways.  Can we make the consequences of quotidian actions felt in a visceral, reflective sense? What does it do to our psyche to spend time contemplating our waste or wasteful actions that are often swept out of view? The topic of weight and what we carry or dismiss translates to how the performers direct the weight of their bodies within close proximity to audience members. Each visual perspective becomes unique as the audience faces various directions while the Acappella voices can be heard and felt throughout the room.  Focusing on our wasteful habits versus necessary needs, You Can’t Take It With You plays in a form of music as performance, a research Liz has been developing over the past five years. 

5 Standards

Created by Kinoshita for K’jipuktuk/Halifax-based artist Jacinte Armstrong, this dance is a mature conversation between dancer and music, drawing on the structure of jazz standards while using contemporary movement vocabulary. Set to recorded music played by the iconic Canadian jazz pianist, Oscar Peterson, Kinoshita has crafted a rich work that moves Armstrong through both conflict and convergence. The piece’s approach to rhythm and improvisation is demanding and rigorous, with an intricate and musical physicality that is exhilarating for both performer and audience. The work beautifully showcases Armstrong’s maturity as a dancer and this project provides the opportunity for Halifax audiences to see it fully staged in the context of another international-calibre dance.

“As performers, we are able to do what we do even in relatively bare circumstances. We will investigate how minimally or extravagantly we may lead our lives, at a time when some societies are learning to do more with little, either by choice or obligation, when we should prove our resiliency. We incorporate our skills and investment in various rhythm studies and work in a raw and rigorous contemporary dance vein, focusing on delivering the sensation of consumption, hoarding, holding, rejecting and throwing. Through original musical scores, we experiment with haunting, guttural chords and repetitive mantras. Without preaching through our lyrics, we aim to bring awareness to our agency, and our ability to shift our relationship to our materialistic life or lack thereof. As we imagine this is a time to consider valuing experiences over objects, we want to share the experience of a performance that is hopefully at once entertaining, energizing, poignant and worthwhile.  Through an evening including improvisation, twists and surprises in delivery, we underline the potential we all carry to alter any situation, from one second to the next or as urgently as is necessary, to balance our materials, our weight and lives”. Liz Kinoshita