Nanako Nakajima

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Nanako Nakajima
Other affiliation
Aichi University


Nanako Nakajima was born and raised in Tokyo. Her master's degrees are from Seijo University (Aesthetics and Theater Studies) and from New York University (Performance Studies.) She is a certified traditional Japanese dance teacher, a Jacobs Pillow 2006 Research Fellow, a visiting scholar at Tisch School NYU 06, and has published articles on dance in both English and Japanese journals. She submitted her Ph.D. dissertation entitled as Aging Body in Dance at Free University Berlin with the support of the DAAD scholarship. From 2011 to 2014, she was Postdoctoral Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science at Saitama University, and currently a lecturer in dance at Aichi University and a fellow at the International Research Center, "Interweaving Performance Cultures," Free University Berlin. She has worked as a dance dramaturg with NY downtown artists and Nanako's dramaturgical work with luciana achugar, 'Exhausting Love at Danspace Project', was awarded 2006-07 New York Dance and Performance Awards ('The Bessies'). She curated and organized international dance symposia entitled "The Aging Body in Dance" in Berlin (2012) and in Tokyo (2014).

Research Areas


Awards & Honors

Jun 2017
Special Commendation, 2017 Elliott Hayes Award, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA)

Published Papers

The Aging Robot in Dance: Some Questions addressed by the Research of the Aging Body in Dance
Nanako Nakajima
Ars Vivendi   9    Mar 2016   [Refereed][Invited]
Dance Dramaturgy on the Topic of Aging - Focusing on Raimund Hoghe's "An Evening with Judy"
Nanako Nakajima
Performing Arts   19 166-174   Sep 2015   [Invited]
Nanako Nakajima
Choreographic Practices   6(1) 85-105   Apr 2015   [Refereed][Invited]
From 2008 to 2012, I worked as a dramaturge in Japan and Germany, developing an international dance project titled Thikwa plus Junkan Project with Osamu Jareo, a choreographer based in Japan. This project, involving Japanese and German differently...
Nanako Nakajima
Performance Research   16(3)    Sep 2011   [Refereed][Invited]
Simple walking became dance when the Judson Dance Theater questioned established theatrical conventions in the 1960s. These artists attempted to establish an outlook on dance that did not differentiate between a dancer's body and an ordin...
Nanako Nakajima
2011 SDHS Proceedings      Sep 2011   [Refereed]

Books etc

中島 那奈子, 外山 紀久子
勁草書房   2019   ISBN:9784326800605
Nanako Nakajima (Part:Joint Work, 5 Throwing the Aging Body into the Fight. Raimund Hoghe’s An Evening with Judy in Kyoto)
Routledge   Aug 2018   ISBN:9780815356233
Movements of Interweaving is a rich collection of essays exploring the concept of interweaving performance cultures in the realms of movement, dance, and corporeality. Focusing on dance performances as well as on scenarios of cultural movements on...
Hyosho: journal of the association for studies of culture and representation
Apr 2018   ISBN:486503062X
Anohni, Friedrich Meschede, Nanako Nakajima
Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Konig   Sep 2017   ISBN:3960981775
Nanako Nakajima, Gabriele Brandstetter
Routledge   Jan 2017   ISBN:1138200069


Performance Review for Final Report
Nanako Nakajima
Final Report of Dance Theater by Tanpopo no Ie   26-26   2019
Nanako Nakajima
KYOTO EXPERIMENT 2018 Website      Oct 2018
Panel Discussion "about The Wooster Group"
Nanako Nakajima
Kyoto Art Center Website      Feb 2018   [Invited]
Critical Performance Review on "RE/PLAY Dance Edit" (KAC Performing Arts Program 2017/ Contemporary Dance, International Coproduction)
Nanako Nakajima
Theater Guide   288(February)    Dec 2015
Nanako Nakajima
Archiving Dance (Final Report of the Saison Foundation)   62-65   Mar 2015   [Invited]
Nanako Nakajima
Dissertation Reviews      2014   [Invited]
A review of An Empty Room: Butoh Performance and the Social Body in Crisis, a doctoral dissertation submitted by Michael Sakamoto. [University of California, Los Angeles. 2012. 271 pp. Primary Advisor: Allen F. Roberts.]
The Pina Bausch Archive Fever
Nanako Nakajima
JAPEW   57(4-5) 72-73   [Invited]
Nanako Nakajima
Kyoto International Performing Arts Festival 2014 Official Booklet   30-31   Sep 2014   [Invited]
Essay on My Studies in Germany and the Tanzkongress Deutschland
Nanako Nakajima
DAAD Alumni Journal ECHO   29 34-36   Nov 2013   [Invited]
From Dance to Live Arts: the Ruhrtriennale 2012
Nanako Nakajima
Theater Art   Winter (53) 97-106   Dec 2012   [Refereed]
dance +      May 2011   [Invited]
Reviews and Reports
Nanako Nakajima
dramaturgie: Zeitschrift der Dramaturgischen Gesellschaft   11(02) 44-44   May 2011   [Invited]
Nanako Nakajima
Fjord Review   Summer 2011(Number 3, Volume 1) 14-19   Feb 2011   [Refereed][Invited]
Dance Review Magazine from Melbourne, Australia
Nanako Nakajima
Theater Arts   (43) 28-35   Dec 2010
Nanako Nakajima
American Orifice   32-33   Sep 2010
Catalogue raisonné
Nanako Nakajima
Theatre Arts   39 (Sommer) 97-106   2009   [Refereed]
Selected Bibliographies of Dance Research in Germany
Nanako Nakajima
Choreologia (Japanese Society for Dance Research)   No.32 121-122   2009
Odenthal, Johannes: Tanz Körper Politik: Texte zur zeitgenössischen Tanzgeschichte, Berlin: Theater der Zeit 2005; Brandstetter, Gabriele: »Verflechtungen von Tanzkulturen. Pichet Klunchun und Jérôme Bel«, in: Weiler, Christel u.a. (Hg.): Strahlkr...
Dramaturg’s Notes for "mech[a]OUTPUT"
Nanako Nakajima
New York Japan Society Program      Mar 2007
Nakajima Nanako
Jahresbl◆J2A44◆tter f◆J2A6D◆r japanische und deutsche Forschung in Japan   23-30   2007
Nanako Nakajima
Theatre Arts   32(Autumn) 77-85   2007   [Refereed]

Research Grants & Projects

Scientific Literature
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Grant-in-Aid for Publication of Scientific Research Results
Project Year: Apr 2018 - Mar 2019    Investigator(s): Nanako Nakajima
Publication Grant for "Aging plus Dancing" edited by Nanako Nakajima and Kikuko Toyama, Tokyo: Keiso Shobo Publisher.
Kyoto University of Art and Design: “Interdisciplinary Research Center for Performing Arts” Joint Research Project of the academic year 2016-2018
Project Year: Nov 2016 - Mar 2018    Investigator(s): Nanako Nakajima
Kyoto University of Art and Design: Joint research project as part of its joint usage/research center project
Project Year: Apr 2014 - Mar 2015    Investigator(s): Nanako Nakajima
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research
Project Year: Apr 2011 - Mar 2014    Investigator(s): Nanako Nakajima
The Murata Science Foundation: International Travel Grants
Project Year: Jun 2011 - Jun 2011    Investigator(s): Nanako Nakajima


Nanako Nakajima   Artistic Activity   Feb 2019 - Feb 2019
Nanako Nakajima (Dramaturgy)   Artistic Activity   Feb 2018 - Feb 2018
Dance duet "Suddenly everywhere" (work-in-progress)
Choreography & Dance; Bruno Isaković, Mia Zalukar
Dramaturgy: Katarina Pejović, Nanako Nakajima
Showing; duration 45 min
Talk with; Bruno Isaković, Nanako Nakajima
Organized by Domino
Supported b...
Dramaturgy for Dance Archive Box Project
Nanako Nakajima   Artistic Activity   Dec 2014 - Sep 2015
Dance Dramaturgy
Nanako Nakajima   Artistic Activity   
-OSAMU JAREO,“Thikwa plus Junkan Projekt," F40 theater Berlin, 2009; Art Theater dB KOBE, 2011
-KOOSIL-JA HWANG,“mech[a]OUTPUT,” NY Japan Society, 2007
-TRAJAL HARRELL,“Showpony,”St. Mark's Church, NY, 2007

Conference Activities & Talks

Design of Dancing Bodies: 100 Years of Post-Bauhaus in Dance Research [Invited]
Nanako Nakajima
The Humboldt Association of West-Japan   24 Feb 2019   
Nanako Nakajima, Yvonne Rainer
NANAKO NAKAJIMA IN CONVERSATION WITH YVONNE RAINER   28 Jan 2019   New York University and Gallatin School
A talk by Nanako Nakajima, “No(h) to Trio A: Dance Dramaturgy of Aging in a Performative Exhibition of Yvonne Rainer’s Work,” which will be followed by a discussion with avant-garde choreographer and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer. Nakajima will draw on ...
Nanako Nakajima
International Federation for Theatre Research (FIRT/IFTR),World Congress 2018, Theatre, nation and identity: between Migration and Stasis, , General Session,University of Arts, Belgrade   11 Jul 2018   
Noh to Trio A −イヴォンヌ・レイナーと⽼いのダンスドラマトゥルギー−
Nanako Nakajima
Japanese Society for Dance Research   9 Jun 2018   
Nanako Nakajima
Anohni-My Truth Symposium   23 Jul 2016   Kunsthalle Bielefeld
Symposium "Exhibition of/as Performance" [Invited]
Nanako Nakajima
The 12th annual conference of the Association for Studies of Culture and Representation   1 Jul 2017   
“Die Tanzszene in Japan und Deutschland” (英語),レクチャー及び司会,
Nanako Nakajima
11 Nov 2016   Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
"On Dance Dramaturgy" [Invited]
Nanako Nakajima
"Mapping Out, In & About,"(英語)The inaugural symposium of the Asian Dramaturgs' Network (ADN)   23 Apr 2016   The Asian Dramaturgs' Network (ADN)
Nanako Nakajima
O.P.E.N. Festival   30 Jun 2015   the Singapore International Festival of Arts (SIFA)
Dance researcher Nanako Nakajima will ask questions posed by the use of archive boxes as a creative tool. What are some of the contemporary dialogues pioneered between these seven dance-makers and their ever hungry audiences? What information must...
The Archiving Body in Dance
Nanako Nakajima
Memory and Theatre: performing the Archive An International Conference   4 May 2015   
Nanako Nakajima
国際演劇学会(ウォーリック大学)   29 Jul 2014   
Lecture Dance After the Great East Japan Earthquake [Invited]
Nanako Nakajima
Special Lecture organized by the Faculty of Arts and Letters, Kyoritsu Women's University   15 Jun 2014   
Nanako Nakajima
23 May 2014   The Aging Body in Dance Committee (ABDC)(Nanako NAKAJIMA, Shigeto NUKI, Kikuko TOYAMA)
Nanako Nakajima
Research Project on Dramaturg/Dramaturgy   8 Nov 2013   Studies in Theatre and Film Arts, Waseda University
Nanako Nakajima
19th Jubilee International Congress of Aesthetics   24 Jul 2013   Polish Society of Aesthetics, International Association for Aesthetics
Nanako Nakajima
Nanako Nakajima
TANZKONGRESS 2013 IN DÜSSELDORF (Dance Congress)   7 Jun 2013   
Dr. Nanako Nakajima
Nanako Nakajima
2012 Annual Conference, Society of Dramaturgs (dg)   Apr 2012   Society of Dramaturgs (dg)
Nanako Nakajima
Vol.8   Mar 2012   Theater Arts
Nanako Nakajima
Western Comparative Theater Working Group, Japanese Society for Theatre Research   Jan 2012   
Nanako Nakajima
International Federation for Theatre Research (FIRT/IFTR)   Aug 2011   
Nanako Nakajima and koosil-ja
Dance Dramaturgy: Catalyst, Perspective and Memory   Jun 2011   Society of Dance History Scholars
Nanako Nakajima
Lecture-Demonstration   Mar 2011   The Graduate School of Languages and Cultures, Nagoya University
Solo Lecture and a Demonstration by Choreographer Osamu Jareo
Nanako Nakajima
Lecture   Mar 2011   The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University, Global COE Program, International Institute for Education and Research in Theatre and Film Arts, Dance Research Course
Lecture on Diversity on Dancing Bodies in European and Japanese Contemporary Dance, and a Dialogue with Prof. Tatsuro Ishii
Nanako Nakajima
Monthly Art Cafe   Feb 2011   Osaka City University Senba Art Cafe
Community outreach
Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Dr. Susanne Foellmer, Nanako Nakajima, Claire Cunningham, Jess Curtis, Peter Pleyer
Nov 2010   
Embodiment and diversity lie at the center of many current discussions of ethics and society. What we imagine as ‘normal’ or ‘ideal’ has a huge impact on how we include and exclude specific bodies from participation in society; from the in/accessi...
Alternde Körper im Tanz: Yvonne Rainer, Hanayagi Toshinami und Kazuo Ohno
Nanako Nakajima
German Research Foundation (DFG)Report Colloquium   Sep 2010   
Nanako Nakajima
The International Federation for Theatre Research(IFTR)   Jul 2010   The International Federation for Theatre Research
Paper Presentation
Nanako Nakajima
Public Lecture   May 2010   Waseda University, School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Nanako Nakajima
Lecture by Nanako Nakajima   May 2010   NPO DANCE BOX
“Postmodernist Positioning towards Aging: Yvonne Rainer’s AG-Indexical”
Nanako Nakajima
Aesthetics and History (The Research School of Aesthetics, Stockholm University)   Feb 2010   
Nanako Nakajima, Prof. Winfried Menninghaus, Lisa Glauer
Finissage of the exhibition, “An American Orifice,”   Jan 2010   gallery arttrasponder
"Dancer and Community"
Nanako Nakajima
Japanese Society for Theatre Research (Osaka City University, Japan)   Jun 2009   
"Authenticity and Aging in Dance"
Nanako Nakajima
Desperately Seeking Authenticity (Goldsmith College, the University of London, England)   Mar 2009   
"Dancing and Aging"
Nanako Nakajima
The Expression of Subjectivity in the Performing Arts (Polytechnic University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain)   Nov 2008   
Nanako Nakajima
International Peace Workshop 2008, Concerning peace – utopia or pantopia ? (Institut fuer Philosophie, Technische Universitaet Berlin)   Oct 2008   
„Jérôme Bel and Myself“: Interkulturelle Aspekte des zeitgenoessischen europaeischen und japanischen Tanzes
Nanako Nakajima
Deutsch-Japanisch-Koreanische Stipendiatenseminar, JAPANISCH-DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM BERLIN in Zusammenarbeit mit dem DEUTSCHER AKADEMISCHER AUSTAUSCHDIENST   Jul 2008   
Nanako Nakajima
Interkollegiale Arbeitstagung ,,this is what a chameleon looks like,,   Jan 2008   Graduiertenkollegen, InterArt/Berlin, Bild - Koerper - Medium/Karlsruhe - Centre for Cultural Studies Goldsmiths College/London
"The Interdependencies Strand" [Invited]
Nanako Nakajima
Anarcha Performative Research Symposium, University of Michigan   Apr 2007   The University of Michigan Initiative on Disability Studies
"The Aging Body in Dance---Moving Towards Dance Studies"
Nanako Nakajima
Japanisch-Deutsches Forum des DAAD Tomonokai, (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst)   Mar 2007   
Nanako Nakajima
Japanese Society for Dance Research   Dec 2006   
Moderator, Dance Dramaturgy
Nanako Nakajima
Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA), Annual Conference   Jul 2006   
Panelist, Dramaturgy [Invited]
Nanako Nakajima
Intern Seminar Panel, A.R.T. / New York   Jun 2006   
Panelist, Springdance Dialogue for Critics
Nanako Nakajima
Springdance Festival Preview   Apr 2006   
"The Art and History of Otome Bunraku”
Nanako Nakajima
International Theatre   Feb 2006   Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York
"Two Axes Found in Performing Body, Vertical and Horizontal"
Nanako Nakajima
International Colloquium of Art Studies, Art as Representation of the World   Nov 2003   
"Two Axes Found in Odori"
Nanako Nakajima
The Japanese Society for Aesthetics (Young Scholars’ Forum)   Oct 2003   
Panelist, at a symposium with a director, Miyagi Satoshi (Ku Na’uka), Contemporary Japanese Theatre from Comparative Theatre Perspective [Invited]
Nanako Nakajima
Comparative Theatre Section, Japanese Society for Theatre Research   Jun 2003   

Teaching Experience



Mar 2019   Workshop organization on Poetics and Dance
Oct 2018   KYOTO EXPERIMENT 2018 Talk: Dialogue on Technique
Talk event on Oct 13, 2018
[2] 12:50-14:10
Roberta Lima
Nanako Nakajima (Dramaturge)
Conference Room 1, ROHM Theatre Kyoto
Oct 2010
Her work as dance dramaturg is first introduced to the Japanese context through the book by Eiichiro Hirata, "Dramaturg: Butaigeijzutu wo stext inka saseru mono," Sangensha Publishers Inc,.
Interview published in a magazine:"Tanzwissensschaft Nanako Nakajima" (Germany), DAAD Letter, Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (The German Academic Exchange Service), Germany, April, 2009, p. 32.

Committee Memberships

Apr 2019
The Interdisciplinary Research Center for Performing Arts, Kyoto University of Art and Design  Steering Committee Member
Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture  Tokyo Performing Arts Festival External Evaluation Committee
Aug 2016
Mar 2017
National University of Singapore  Thesis and Oral Examiner
May 2016
Sep 2016
STOCKHOLM UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS  PhD in Choreography Examination committee
Symposium in Berlin, Aging Body in Dance  Konzept und Leitung, Organizing Committe