Takemi Kitamura (dancer/puppeteer)
Takemi Kitamura: (choreographer/dancer/puppeteer/Japanese sword fighter/actor) Native of Osaka, Japan, graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Dance-Education from Hunter College where she received the Choreographic Award from the Dance Program. Her latest performance credits include The Oldest Boy (puppeteer/dancer) @ Lincoln Center Theater, and The Indian Queen (dancer), opera directed by Peter Sellars. Demolishing Everything with Amazing Speed (puppeteer) by Dan Hurlin, Shank's Mare (puppeteer) by Tom Lee and Koryu Nishikawa V, and Falling Out (puppeteer/dancer) by Phantom Limb Company, and SLEEP (dancer/ensemble) by Ripe Time. As a dancer, she has worked with numerous choreographers and companies, such as Nami Yamamoto, Sondra Loring, Sally Silvers, Christopher Williams, The BodyCartography Project, Risa Jaroslow and Dancers, to name a few. She performed leading roles in Samurai Sword Soul, a Japanese sword fighting theater group, for 8 years.