Mitsu Salmon

“Out/In Aka” is solo performance drawing upon my grandmother Takoko’s history of fleeing to the countryside after WW2 in Japan as connected to my own life. The piece would interweave sound, voice, Butoh, sculpture and fractured narratives. I would collaborate with sound artists Simon Briggs and Ryotaro Sudo to create a soundscape for the piece. The work would explore how personal and family memories connect and collide, how my ancestors are held and expressed in my body and the healing qualities of nature.

Mitsu Salmon creates original performance and visual works that fuse multiple disciplines. She was born in Los Angeles to a Japanese mother and American father. Creating in differing mediums—translating one medium to another—is connected to the translation of differing cultures and languages. Her work weaves Butoh, painting, electronic music, comedy, and poetic text. She aspires to connect the collective experience to a personal emotional landscape.

She has lived in India, England, Germany, Amsterdam, Japan and Bali. She was a core member of the Butoh dance group Ima Tenko and Kiraza for three years in Kyoto, Japan. While in Japan, she studied Butoh, Nihon Buyo, and Buddhism. In Bali, she was a resident artist, mixing painting and performance. She researched Balinese ceremony, modern painting, dance, and trance. Combining the traditional and popular arts, her work advocates for the importance of ritual, symbols and storytelling in contemporary culture.

Salmon received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014, and her undergraduate degree in Experimental Theater in 2005. She has performed solo work at places such the Chicago Cultural Center, Studebaker Theater, Performance Space 122, Dance Theater Workshop, Highways Performance Space, and internationally at Hebbel Am Uffer, the Berlin Performance Art Festival, London Performance Art Festival, and Urbanguild in Kyoto. She has been awarded artist residencies at the Chicago Cultural Center, High Concept Lab, Ox Bow in Michigan, Earthdance in Massausettes and at Villa Pandan Harum in Bali, Indonesia.

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“Out/In Aka” is solo performance drawing upon my grandmother Takoko’s history of fleeing to the countryside after WW2 in Japan as connected to my own life. The piece would interweave sound, voice, Butoh, sculpture and fractured narratives. I would collaborate with sound artists Simon Briggs and Ryotaro Sudo to create a soundscape for the piece. The work would explore how personal and family memories connect and collide, how my ancestors are held and expressed in my body and the healing qualities of nature.

Mitsu Salmon creates original performance and visual works that fuse multiple disciplines. She was born in Los Angeles to a Japanese mother and American father. Creating in differing mediums—translating one medium to another—is connected to the translation of differing cultures and languages. Her work weaves Butoh, painting, electronic music, comedy, and poetic text. She aspires to connect the collective experience to a personal emotional landscape.

She has lived in India, England, Germany, Amsterdam, Japan and Bali. She was a core member of the Butoh dance group Ima Tenko and Kiraza for three years in Kyoto, Japan. While in Japan, she studied Butoh, Nihon Buyo, and Buddhism. In Bali, she was a resident artist, mixing painting and performance. She researched Balinese ceremony, modern painting, dance, and trance. Combining the traditional and popular arts, her work advocates for the importance of ritual, symbols and storytelling in contemporary culture.

Salmon received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014, and her undergraduate degree in Experimental Theater in 2005. She has performed solo work at places such the Chicago Cultural Center, Studebaker Theater, Performance Space 122, Dance Theater Workshop, Highways Performance Space, and internationally at Hebbel Am Uffer, the Berlin Performance Art Festival, London Performance Art Festival, and Urbanguild in Kyoto. She has been awarded artist residencies at the Chicago Cultural Center, High Concept Lab, Ox Bow in Michigan, Earthdance in Massausettes and at Villa Pandan Harum in Bali, Indonesia.

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