Release: Kota Yamazaki/Fluid Hug-Hug Dance Company Performs OQ


Kota Yamazaki/Fluid Hug-Hug Dance Company Performs OQ

La Jolla, C.A.—Bessie Award–winning choreographer Kota Yamazaki brings his latest work OQ to ArtPower on Friday, January 29, at 8 p.m. Inspired by Japanese ritual poetry readings held at the Imperial Palace, OQ (ōkyu is the phonetic reading of the Japanese word for palace) features dancers from diverse cultural and dance backgrounds including Western contemporary, butoh, hip-hop, and Jamaican dance. OQ is performed within a space designed by award–winning New York architect collective SO-IL that complements the dancers’ fluid motions. The performance concludes with a post-performance ArtTalk with the choreographer. Tickets for event are $28–46 and can be ordered online at or by calling the box office at 858.534.TIXS (8497). Additional program information can be found at

About Kota Yamazaki/Fluid Hug-Hug Dance Company
Kota Yamazaki/Fluid Hug-Hug was founded in New York in 2002 on the principle of “traveling, exchanging, and exploring.” Yamazaki believes that a person is fluid and has to keep flowing like water, so that exchange between people of different backgrounds become easier and freer. The name Fluid Hug-Hug comes from this idea of fluidity as well as people coming together from all over the world. The company has been invited to perform at festivals and theaters in the United States, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and Australia.

About ArtPower
ArtPower at UC San Diego builds creative experiences in music, dance, film, exhibition, and food for our collective pleasure and inspiration. We engage diverse audiences through vibrant, challenging, multi-disciplinary performances by emerging and renowned international artists. Through extensive partnerships, ArtPower provides exciting opportunities for research, participation, and creation of new work, igniting powerful dialogue between artists, students, scholars, and the community.