Yoshiko Chuma is the artistic director and choreographer of The School of Hard Knocks. Her work takes many forms, including theatrical dance performances, street theater, and large-scale outdoor projects, as well as intimate performances in homes and community centers. Chuma’s post-modern performances have received BESSIE awards and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
In this interview, Chuma describes her creative process (not unlike fitting together LEGOs), how she finds commonalities in seemingly radically different cultures, and how her journey from post-war Japan to New York shaped her as an artist.
This interview is part of an ongoing series with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters.