Mariko Yamada | Choreographer, Dancer
Mariko Yamada is a Rochester-based choreographer, dance artist, and educator. Originally from Japan, she discovered dance as a young adult. She relocated herself to pursue dance education in the US, studying at SUNY Potsdam for a BA and at The College at Brockport for an MFA. She has been serving as a lecturer at Nazareth College and The College at Brockport, sharing the joy of the creative aspects of dance and possibilities of movement. In addition to choreographing her own dance works and commissioned works, she enjoys expanding her artistic horizon as she collaborates with artists from other disciplines. She recently collaborated with composer Octavio Vazquez for Vision of Sound Concert, touring Western New York. Her current project with filmmaker/activist/artist Marah Ahmed combines dance and film to investigate racism in America. Mariko is excited to be a part of Ripple production that affords her another opportunity for a great collaboration.