Jennifer Aoki is a Japanese-Canadian dance artist and teacher with a BFA in dance from Simon Fraser University. Based in Vancouver, she is co-founder of The Body Orchestra, a collective of freelance dance artists who formed in 2016 with a mandate to create highly physical, accessible work. Aoki is also a Body Orchestra dancer, choreographer and co-producer.
Over the past seven years, her choreography has been presented at Dancing on the Edge, Nah Dran (Berlin), Summer Solo Series (Amsterdam), Vines Arts Festival, Winnipeg Fringe Festival, Calgary Fringe Festival and Art for Impact.
In her choreographic practice, Jennifer draws inspiration from the news industry, social media, stories, childhood memories, nature and environmental issues. She is interested in cultivating a choreographic language that extends beyond the form of dance, experimenting with intersections between lighting, music, and embodied performance. She strives to take part in the creative process by investigating how she can be both physically and psychologically involved in the work.
Jennifer has received generous residencies through partnerships with The Dance Centre, The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, SFU's School for the Contemporary Arts, and Marc’s Madness.
As a dancer, she has been fortunate to collaborate with and perform in works by Meredith Kalaman, Machinenoisy, Jenn Edwards (Toronto), Tomoyo Yamada, Body Narratives Collective, Jamee Valin(Toronto), Patricia Alison (Toronto), Jacinte Armstrong (Halifax), Barbara Lindenberg (Toronto), Anna Kraulis and Gemma Crowe.
Photo by Michelle Moore