Kato’s Co-MISSION Fellowship work focuses on a new dance/movement piece inspired by the score, called “stück 1998,” written by Swiss composer Manfred Werder. Kato’s initial investigation into “Stück 1998,” yeilded “What is Movement?” an exhibition of movement Ayako created and opened in 2016. For this iteration of the project, she strategically combines sound artists and movers to work together while also focusing more on the score itself, actualizing it through movement in order to persevere the more radical aspects of what actually movement can convey, what movement means, and what movement is. She plans to investigate movement as an independent as well as inter-dependent entity in relation to music/sound and everything else.
Ayako Kato /Art Union Humanscape is a 2005 LinkUP Resident Artist, 2007 CDF Lab Artist Award Winner, 2016 RDDI Artist, 2016 Spring High Concept Labs Sponsored Artist, a 2016 Meier Achievement Award Winner and, 2016 3Arts Award Winner in Dance. She holds a certificate from the Institute for Curatorial Practice in Performance at Wesleyan University, an MFA in Dance from the University of Michigan and a BA in International Studies from Meiji Gakuin University in Japan. She has been an artistic director of Ayako Kato/AUH since 1998, presenting her work in Europe, Japan and the United States.
Influenced by a Japanese view of nature and the philosophy of Tao, Ayako’s ongoing practice is to embody the intangible, the beauty of being as it is, or furyu, literally “wind flow” in Japanese by following “The Way” of nature through movement. For her, like wind swirling through the body, dance is the fundamental force that allows her to think, sense, communicate, and move. Her dance elevates the audience’s sensitivity to recognize gravity and the dignity of life in themselves and others. It encourages the audience to rediscover humanity as nature itself.