Kaori Seki Co. PUNCTUMUN
Kaori Seki began studying classical ballet at the age of five and performing in modern and contemporary dance from the age of 18 while simultaneously also creating her own choreography. She has presented her work publicly since 2013 and established her company, KAORI SEKI Co. PUNCTUMUN, in 2013. In recent years, she has developed an interest in the ecology of humans, animals, and plants as well as sensory functions, staging work in Japan and overseas that incorporates such elements as smell and other senses. In 2012, Seki was the winner of the French Embassy Prize for Young Choreographer at Yokohama Dance Collection EX 2012 for Hetero, co-choreographed with Teita Iwabuchi, and the Next Generation Choreographer Award at the Toyota Choreography Award 2012. Her other accolades include the Elsur Foundation New Face Award in 2013 and Japan Dance Forum Award 2016. She was a fiscal 2014–17 junior fellow at The Saison Foundation.
Koyama encountered dance at the age of 22. After he studied International Business in USA, he worked as an office worker in Japan, which he quite at the age of 25 to become a dancer. In addition to work as a dancer in various choreographer’s works, Koyama is also active as a choreographer. Since 2015 he is a member of Kaori Seki Co.PUNCTUMUN.
Raised in Saitama, Hachinohe and Tokyo in Japan. Graduated from Japan Women’s College of Physical Education, majored in Dance Studies. Besides her activity as a member of Kaori Seki Co.PUNCTUMUN since 2012, Yabuki is active in film field participating in works by Nao Yoshikai and Manaho Kaneko. She also organizes a coffee house and produces collaboration projects there combining dance, coffee, music, and poetry.
As a child Kozue Takamiya studied dance with Miyako Kato and is currently an associate dancer of Miyako Kato Dance Space. Besides dancing for the company, Takamiya has joined in works by various choreographers as a dancer and has created her own choreographic works. One of her works was presented in the project “Inc”, produced by the percussionist Kuniko Kato. Graduated from Nihon University College of Art, majored in Theatre Studies. Since 2016 she is a member of Kaori Seki Co.PUNCTUMUN.
Established in 2013. PUNCTUMUN is a portmanteau coined by Seki, made up of words “punctum,” meaning a small point, a spot, or a puncture in Latin, and “un,” meaning one in French. It denotes that one is in fact a collection of countless small points.