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OGURI
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Oguri a native of Japan, moved to Los Angeles in 1990 and tours extensively, nationally and internationally in Europe, South Africa, Australia and Japan. For the past twenty-five years he and dancer/choreographer Roxanne Steinberg have been artists-in-residence at various locations. At the Electric Lodge in Venice, they lead Body Weather Laboratory workshops twice weekly. Their many and varied performances have made them a recognized force in the arts. Their annual project Flower of the Season has served dancers, artists and the community in Venice and Los Angeles. Oguri improvises with musicians, works site-specifically in nature and urban landscapes, develops multi-media works, and collaborates with artists, poets, literature, daily-life imagery and simple materials to transform space and time with dance.  Oguri is committed to teaching master classes and works regularly in colleges and universities internationally.
   In 2010, Oguri founded Arcane Collective as an international dance co-op and platform with Morleigh Steinberg (former ISO/MOMIX choreographer). Their work Cold Dream Colour – Homage to Le Brocquy (painter and Irish National Treasure) received grants from Culture Ireland, Arts Council Ireland, The American Ireland Fund and an ARC Grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation and the Durfee Foundation. It premiered in Dublin in 2010 and toured in 2012 to the REDCAT, Los Angeles, Guggenheim Museum, New York City, and BodyVox, Portland.
                  Their most recent work, Return to Absence inhabits the rich and peculiar realm of Samuel Beckett’s trilogy novel Molloy, Malone Dies, and the Unnamable. Premiered in Dublin dance festival 2015, it toured to New York Live Arts, Festival Grec de Barcelona, Spain and BODYVOX, Portland, 2016.
                  Oguri has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, The Annenberg Foundation, the New England Foundation for the Arts, National Dance Project, the Rockefeller Foundation, The Center for Cultural Innovation, Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles, The Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Arts Partners Program, The Getty Center, the James Irvine Foundation, Japan Foundation, Choreography Media Honors 2007, Mimos Festival Dance Honor 2009, and CHIME in Southern California 2011, The Puffin Foundation, Nominated United State Artist 2012, among others.