Yumi Umiumare

Born in Hyogo, Japan, Yumi Umiumare is an established Butoh dancer and choreographer from Australia who draws creative inspiration from ritual, magic and invisibility through dance and tea ceremony. For more than 25 years, Yumi has created a distinctive style of works renowned for provoking visceral emotion and cultural identity. Yumi’s works have featured in numerous festivals, and in dance, theatre and film productions throughout Australia, Japan, Europe, New Zealand, South East Asia and South America, receiving critical acclaim and garnering several Australian Green Room awards. From 2015, Yumi has created performance works inspired by the world of tea ritual: Tea Shaman, Tea Break (AsiaTopa 2017) and the PopUp Tearoom series,. The PopUp Tearoom has appeared in over 20 locations nationally and internationally, including in Australia, Japan, Germany, Czech Republic, Italy, Poland, Malaysia, Philippines, Timor-Leste and Hong Kong. Yumi was an Australia Council for the Arts fellowship recipient (2015-16) and the 2017 winner of the Green Room Awards Geoffrey Milne Memorial Award for her contribution to Contemporary and Experimental Performance.