Fujima Yoshinojo


Yoshinojo Fujima (a.k.a. Rika Lin), is a shin-nisei, a part of postwar Japanese American diaspora, an interdisciplinary performing artist, choreographer, and a Grandmaster in Fujima style Japanese classical dance. She has performed in venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Cultural Center, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, as well as within community and educational outreach programs. An active member of Asian Improv aRts Midwest, she is continuously crafting contemporary awareness with identity and tradition, in addition to maintaining traditional arts practice in Japanese classical dance and Ozashiki shamisen. In 2017 she received the 3Arts Make a Wave award and was also a 2017 Links Hall Artistic Associate Curatorial Resident, where she began the Beyond the Box series, which champions female performers. She recently concluded her 2017 Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist year with her performance at the MCA SHareOUT! Minifestival with Asobi: Playing within Time. She continued her queries as a High Concept Lab Sponsored Artist in spring 2018, and is now looking forward to her residency at Ragdale Foundation and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in 2019. Her choreography, which stems from traditional pedagogy, lulls people into believing what at first appears to be a traditional Japanese dance but is in fact a transgression filled with subtle expressions of humor and protest. Yoshinojo blends traditional aesthetics with contemporary music and movement practices to make dance pieces relevant with 21st century ideas of roles and identity.