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Dancer, Choreographer, Director, Designer. Born in Kobe, Japan, NAOKO MAESHIBA has been presenting works nationally and internationally since 1998. With the body as her central medium, she aspires to awaken the fuller potential of human perception and imagination by creating a visceral experience for her audience. Rooted in the minimalism of Japanese Noh theatre and post-modern Butoh dance as well as improvisation and surrealism, her work strives to unveil the unconscious and the invisible realm of human experience through the interplay of kinetic, auditory, and sculptural elements. Maeshiba’s work has been referred to as "strangely beautiful”, “emotionally engaging“, and “exquisite moving work of art“. “... the type of work that deliberately defies categorization” – The Baltimore Sun