B orn in 1983, Tokyo, Yoriko started dancing when she was 14 years old by learning classical ballet and Jazz dance.
She studied at Ochanomizu University majoring in dance and choreography, receiving Bachelor’s and Master degrees. During her university days, she danced in Tokyo Disney Resort as a professional dancer.
In 2007, she joined a dance company of eminent Japanese contemporary dancer, Kaori Kagaya. The following year, she joined the Akita-Modern dance competition and awarded “Akita-Komachi Award. In 2011, she joined the project for young artists and toured 4 cities in Japan.
She performed her pieces at various places (clubs, live houses and outdoor spaces) as a solo dancer, while collaborating with many artists of other genres (musicians, film makers, photographers…).
In 2012, Yoriko started her own dance company “Memori’s Fairy Tales”.
In 2013 she stayed in Berlin, Germany, as a foundationer of Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artists, to learn the latest trends of dance culture in Europe and to collaborate with local dancers and artists.
Memori's Fairy Tales
In 2012, Yoriko started her own performance company “Memori’s Fairy Tales”. She challenges to connect dance and other fields of art, such as visual arts, music and costume designers and wishes to open contemporary arts to much border people in the society.
In 2013, she has created a dance piece featuring a life of Japanese female painter who has brain disorder through a collaboration with a NPO. The piece was performed in two cities, a gallery cafe in Tokyo and buddhist temple in Niigata. In Niigata, they received specially positive reviews being highly touching and inspiring with extreme energy of love generated by the mixture of sensual dancing and contemporary visual projection in traditional setting.
In 2014, she had also showed their piece in Berlin.
Solo “MORTAL” (Hiroshima)
Group “CANARY～the aspects of "S"～” (Japan Tour)
Solo “Becoming to be a man” (Yokohama)
Company Piece “The Dream of Brainwashing” (Tokyo,Fukuoka)
Company Piece “Rhapsody for Cannibalism” (Tokyo)
Company Piece “Tanaka Mizuki’s World” (Tokyo)
Company Piece “Tanaka Mizuki’s World” (Niigata)
Company Piece “UTOPIA” (Tokyo)
Solo Performance (Berlin,Germamy)
Solo Performance (Berlin,Germany)
Solo "MORTAL" (Pune,India.)/AVAYAVA Contemporary Dance Festival
Solo Performance with Yuichi Nishikawa (New Delhi,India)/Japan Foundation
Company Piece "TOKYO MANIA" (Berlin,Germany)
Company Piece "When this music ends..." (Tokyo)
2003～2005...Tokyo Disney Resort Dancer
2005...Opera “CARMEN” (New National Theater)
2007～2011...Kagaya Kaori Dance-SHAN
2011...Dance Movie “Die Verwandlung” (Director : Meitei Yamada)
2012...“My Sunshine" (Director : Hiroshi Koike)
2013...Shitamati Comedy Movie Festival Opening Movie (Director : Chihiro Amano)
2015...Duo Festival in South Korea
2008...Akita Modern Dance Conpetition “Akitakomachi Prize"
2013~2014...Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artists (Berlin,Germany)
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
2010...Hachinohe Portable Museum Hacchi (Aomori)