Group: Oguri and Body Weather Laboratory

Oguri, a native of Japan, began his career as a dancer with master Tatsumi Hijikata, the creator of the Butoh dance form in post World War II Japan. Oguri joined famed dancer Min Tanaka's company, Mai-Juku, in 1985, and for five years lived, worked, and helped establish Tanaka's farm outside of Tokyo. A resident of Southern California since 1990, Oguri formed his Los Angeles-based dance company, Renzoku, in 1993. He is the co-founder and artist-in-residence of La Boca, a studio/theater in the Sunshine Mission/Casa de Rosas (the oldest shelter for homeless women in Los Angeles), as well as an artist-in-residence of the Venice community theater, the Electric Lodge. Oguri teaches and performs worldwide, and has received support from the California Arts Council, the James Irvine Foundation/Dance USA, the New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department. Oguri received Irvine Fellowship in Dance funds for the research and development of Height of Sky, a site-specific dance project that took place in the deserts of Joshua Tree and in Los Angeles in 2004. Through Height of Sky, Oguri investigated the relationship between dancer and environment and explored the development of his identity as a Japanese dancer in America.