“You have to regard yourself as a cloud, in the flesh, because you see clouds never makes mistakes. Did you ever see a cloud that was misshapen?”
– Alan Watts
Mark Kunji Ikeda creates original performances that combine narrative and dance. Through training in dance and theatre he has developed a unique methodology combining story, imagination, and choreography that has lead to being named the 2015 Emerging Artist by Calgary Arts Development Authority. He has trained extensively with Denise Clarke of One Yellow Rabbit, recently serving as assistant director for Radioheaded 3.
Mark is a member of the DSW Dance Action Group, has taught at the University of Calgary and the Rosebud School of the Arts, and served as Artistic Director of MoMo Dance Theatre.
His work has been produced in the Alberta Dance Festival, Fluid Festival, FEATS Festival of Dance, and Expanse Movement Arts Festival among others. His one-man performance Sansei: The Storyteller was a Best of Fest winner at the Calgary Fringe 2014, nominated for a 2015 Critter award for Best Solo, and toured nationally in the fall of 2015.
Mark is honoured to be pursuing a life of physical storytelling and is unceasingly grateful to One Yellow Rabbit, Gerry Thurston, the University of Calgary Drama Department, and all those inspirational beings who have wandered into my life.