Alys Ayumi Ogura is a dancer and movement-based performer. Her training started as a child in Japan under the guidance of Mika Kurosawa, who later became to be known as the “Godmother” of Japanese contemporary dance. Ogura progressed to earning a BA in theater studies in Iowa, and she was awarded the “Most Outstanding Student” of the Theater and Dance Department in her graduating year.
She has been performing in the Twin Cities since 2010 and has worked with Aniccha Arts, Emily Johnson/Catalyst Dance, Hauser Dance, Kinetic Evolutions Dance Company, Live Action Set, MotionArt, Raw Sugar, Melissa Birch, Maggie Bergeron, Emily Gastineau, Marylee Hardenbergh, Vanessa Vaskuil to name a few. Nationally and internationally, she has worked with AXIS Dance Company (CA), Karlovsky & Dance Company (MO), Sandrine Harris (CT), Company Blu (Italy), and Kata Juhasz (Hungry).
Alys Ayumi’s choreography has been seen at Bryant Lake Bowl, Patrick’s Cabaret, and the Landmark Center. One of her improvisational pieces was featured at the Future Interstates series, curated by BodyCartography Project and Hijak.
Her 2017 summer concludes by dancing for Maggie Bergeron & Company at HERE HERE 2017, a live movement and music festival at The Cedar Cultural Center. She is looking forward to starting her fall at Pangea World Theater’s Lake Street Arts as a fellow cohort of the Arts Organizing Institute 2017/18