Sioned Huws is a choreographer whose recent work, Odori-Dawns-Dance was presented at Nottdance 2017, produced by Dance4. She is also the artistic director of Aomori Project, a long-term collaboration since it’s beginning in 2008.
Sioned lives between Wales, London, Sumita Town, Japan and works internationally. She is in her third year in residency with Rikuzentakata Artist in Residency Program and since 2013 she has studied and continues to dance the Deer Dance of Tohoku, Japan, with dancers of Kakinaizawa Shishi-odori Gyouzan-ryu, Iwate.
Her current project Odori-Dawns-Dance in collaboration with traditional and contemporary dancers and choreographers’ reveals the poetry of dance and community, as a large family, an aggregate, the situations, and the friendships. With a particular focus to the Shishi-odori, an animistic ritual dance, a prayer in action, derived from the complexity of community, landscape and mythology.
From 2008 she studied Aomori Tsugaru Te-odori dance with Yoshiya Ishikawa, part of her Aomori Project in collaboration with choreographer Reina Kimura, and toured to over twenty international venues in Japan, Singapore and Europe, including local communities in each place 2008-15.
Sioned’s work focuses on perception, memory, person and place within choreographic structures; systems patterning small details that allow for the unexpected within a world sensed through an awareness of physical movement; 2009 she was recipient of a Creative Wales Ambassadors Award, 2009 and 2015 an International Program Award The Saison Foundation, Tokyo, in collaboration with ARTizan – Aomori Project and Odori-Dawns-Dance.