Makoto Matsushima

Born in Shizuoka prefecture, Japan
1983 Join in Pappa TARAHUMARA
2006 start solo work
2008, 2010,2018 guest professor of choreography dept. at Korea National University of the Arts

Matsushima graduated from the Nihon University of College of Art. He launched his stage career with the Japanese dance theatre company Pappa TARAHUMARA while he was still a student, and won critical acclaim both for his performance in television and on stage. Since 1995, Matsushima began creating his own pieces, working both as choreographer and dancer. In 1997, he performed in Zuni Icosahedron's production Invisible Cities and as solo performer and after, he has toured Asia, Europe, and the U.S. with Pappa TARAHUMARA, and participated in its Hong Kong production of Spring Day (Haruhiru) in 1998. The following year, Matsushima was the artist-in-residence of Zuni Icosahedron, and collaborated with many Hong Kong local artists in addition to giving solo performances of his works. He is also active in the areas of painting, set design and music/sound design.