JuJu Kusanagi is a Japanese interdisciplinary artist. Her expertise contributes to a wide variety of roles including director, performance artist, filmmaker, and wellness instructor.
Born in Sydney, Australia and grown up in Tokyo, Japan. After graduating from high school, she moved to Seattle, Washington, USA to pursue her collegiate education and professional artistic experiences. She received her Bachelor of Fine Art in Dance, Magna Cum Laude, from Cornish College of the Arts and continued her somatic practices and training to become a certified Traditional Indian Hatha Yoga and Yoga Nidra instructor.
In 2014, she co-founded an art company, Kusanagi Sisters, with her sister, Lisa Kusanagi. Her dance films and performances, including works by Kusanagi Sisters, has won several international awards and has been presented in over 20 countries and 15 U.S. states (the United States, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Portugal, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Albania, Kenya, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, Chile, Brazil, China, Taiwan R.O.C., Indonesia, Japan); at events venues including BAFTA qualified Aesthetica Short Film Festival (York, UK), Ann Arbor Film Festival (Michigan, USA), Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (New York, USA), REDCAT: Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (California, USA), JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles Marriott L.A. Live (California, USA), and Cineteca Nacional (Mexico City, Mexico).
While she was in Seattle, she was granted Cornish Playhouse’s Artist Incubator residency 2015 and 2016, Institute of Emergent Technology and Intermedia’s iET+I residency 2015 and 2016, Velocity Dance Center’s Next Fest NW 2015 featured artist, and Microsoft and Cornish College of the Arts' collaborative project Through the HoloLens, and invited to the Pacific Lutheran University as well as Cornish College of the Arts as a guest artist among creating and performing other dance and performance related events. She has given artist talks at Festival Of Recorded Movement (F-O-R-M) 2020 (Vancouver, BC, Canada) and a multimedia event How Do I look? (Taipei, Taiwan R.O.C), conversation at a live performance and visual art exhibition Does Live Art Have To Be Experienced Live? (Seattle, WA, USA), as well as an international art exchange workshop (Yilan, Taiwan, R.O.C.). She was also a juror of 92nd Street Y Mobile Dance Film Festival 2019 (New York, USA). She has received 2021 Arts Council Tokyo Startup Grant and 2022 Yasutake Scholarship Fund at Tokyo University of the Arts and selected for the Arts Council Tokyo Second term of fiscal year 2022 Creation Grant.
JuJu constantly explores dynamic potentiality of live art and performance by integrating multiple mediums that are uniquely physically experiential based on realism and virtuosity. She dedicates herself to offering art as a visceral nature of the human experience.
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