JuJu Kusanagi works on convergences between performance and visual art by anchoring sensational experiences and the embodiment of textures. Born in Sydney, Australia, and grew up in Tokyo, Japan, she received her Bachelor of Fine Art in Dance, Magna Cum Laude, from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA, USA. She is currently based in Tokyo, Japan, where she conducts her practice-based research and process-focused creation at Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School of Fine Arts. While perusing her Master degree, she studied under Emmanuelle Huynh at Beaux-Arts de Paris and conducted her workshop at Centre national de la danse in Paris, France.
In 2014, she co-founded an art company, Kusanagi Sisters which she co-direct with Lisa Kusanagi. The Kusanagi Sisters' works have won many international awards and have been presented at 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) among others. They organized, directed, and curated an annual international short film festival, MUNI Film Festival, in 2022 and 2023.
JuJu has received Arts Council Tokyo Second term of fiscal year 2022 Creation Grant, 2022 Yasutake Scholarship Fund at Tokyo University of the Arts, 2021 Arts Council Tokyo Startup Grant. She was granted Tokyo Festival's Research & Lab development program: Asian Performing Arts Camp 2021, 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, and Microsoft Corporation's product development project through the HoloLens. She was invited as a guest artist at Cornish College of the Arts (USA), Pacific Lutheran University (USA), Festival Of Recorded Movement (Canada), and How Do I Look (Taiwan) as well as other events and exhibitions, and served as a juror of 92nd Street Y Mobile Dance Film Festival 2019 (New York, USA).