Minako Seki was born in Nagasaki, in Japan.

She started her dance career in Tokyo with the Company Dance Love Machine, under the artistic direction of Tetsuro Tamura and Anzu Furukawa.

At that moment, Tamura was recognized as one of the most innovative choreographers in Japan. His artistic research refused the conventional Butoh forms, willing to go beyond human physical life, to explore deep emotional levels and embrace all aspects of humanity in choreographed movements. Furukawa considered that dance ultimately only exists in the experience of the present moment. Tamura and Furukawa approaches deeply influenced Minako’s artistic view of dance and understanding of the body.

The intensity of a dance movement can be compared with the throwing of a stone. Once the movement has been initiated, its reverberations cannot be stopped. Seki learned to be intensely involved in each movement with full presence, in the here and now.


In 1986 Künstlerhaus Bethanien, first Butoh Festival in Berlin, invited the company Dance Love Machine to perform in Europe and to participate in the festival ‘Die Rebellion des Körpers‘. The tour was intense and a great success. At its end, Minako decided to stay in Berlin.

In 1987 she founded and co-directed the company “Tatoeba -Théâtre Danse Grotesque”, the first Butoh dance ensemble in Europe. The group explored the dormant potential of human beings. This has been a recurrent theme in Minako’s work and she has continued to investigate it in all her dance productions.


Since 1987, Minako Seki has been working as a director and choreographer in increasingly interdisciplinary projects, such as her choreography for the opera “The Final Solution” by Peter Michael Hamel. She directed  many performance groups, as for Showcase Beat le Mot and the group She She Pop.

In 1996 Minako founded her own company. She has been continuously interested in the crossing over of diverse disciplines and dance styles. She developed her own fusion of contemporary dance and physical theater with the classic Butoh dance technique.

In her pieces, Seki examines the communication amongst the conscious and subconscious and describes emotional states on the borders of reality and illusion. Her unique composition method and creative process has been recognized worldwide, having been invited to major theatre venues and festivals. In appreciation of her unique and uncompromising talent she has received numerous prices and awards.


Israel Galvan commissioned her to create a piece that offered her own unique interpretation of flamenco. This performance, ‘Equilibrio Arcaico’, was presented in the Ciutat Flamenco Festival in Barcelona in 2016.

She is part of the project WE WOMEN, created and directed by the Spanish dancer Sol Picó, who won 34 world prizes for her dance creations. In this project, she collaborates with Shantala Shivalingappam, Marta Robles, AdeleMadau, Lina León, and Julie Dassovi to explore the contemporary condition of women. The piece (twice finalist in the Spanish Max Prize Awards) has a great success in theaters, such as the Grec Festival in Barcelona, Fabbrica Europa in Florence and FIBA Festival in Buenos Aires.

She lately collaborated with Yumiko Yoshioka, and Wolfgang Piontek, to create 2 powerful duets: ZERO in 2020 and TWO in 2019, both productions of Commedia Futura – Eisfabrik.

She performs her unique repertoire (Human Form1, Human Form2- Puppet, Owl/ Existence) in theaters and festivals all over the globe.


Besides her artistic career, Minako Seki is devoted to teaching. She facilitates intensive dance workshops worldwide, through a holistic program. She also lectured in a number of universities such as Folkwang University in Essen, Justus Liebig Universität in Giessen, Germany, University of Andes in Chile, University of Vigo in Spain and Roehampton University in London.

She works with a team of people that support her vision: Nils Willers, Lili Lenfant, Inalu Antoli, Moritz Bonatti, Franziska Gerth, Roger Solernou, Antje Schmidt, Ralph Assmann, Alenka Wolf.


Her artistic approach can not be separated from her personal philosophy of living, which holistically combines dance and choreography with meditation, Vital cooking, ritual and Japanese detox treatments..

She calls her individual dance approach ‘Dancing Between’, alluding that between two points there are many more. These points can be revealed to illuminate and ignite creativity, through new possibilities. These points emerge from the experience of the dancer, who can explore their different natures, from space to feelings, memories, objects, sounds, images or ideas. In her choreographic compositions, Minako establishes connections between these points, creating a unique cosmos.


///Productions 2022-2024


WOYZECK –  Choreography.  Nationale theater Düsseldorf


MYCELIA  Choreography. With Anastasia Musiienko, Beatrice leni , Edegar Stark, Luana Rossetti, Valeria Hareha. Production by Commedia Futura – Eisfabrik, Hannover

DER MEISTER UND MARGARITAChoreography. Theatre director: Luise Voigt, Choreographer: Tony De Maeyer. Weimar National Theater, Germany.


BAMBOO FORESTDance solo. With Josefina Rozenwasser Marin. In Rebish Festival in Toulouse, France

ZERODuet with Yumiko Yoshioka, directed by Wolfgang Piontek. Production by Commedia Futura – Eisfabrik, Hannover

///Productions 2021-2011


ZERODuet with Yumiko Yoshioka, directed by Wolfgang Piontek. Production by Commedia Futura – Eisfabrik, Hannover

HUMAN FORM 2 – PUPPETSDance solo, directed by Wolfgang Piontek. Production by Commedia Futura. Eisfabrik, Hannover, Germany.

(ZERO, by Pietro Piontek)


ZERODuet with Yumiko Yoshioka, directed by Wolfgang Piontek. Production by Commedia Futura – Eisfabrik, Hannover.

HUMAN FORM 2 – PUPPETSDance solo, production by Commedia Futura. Eisfabrik, Hannover, Germany.

(Human Form 2 – Puppets, by Pietro Piontek)


INNER LANDSCAPESolo – Site specific performance // Museum Villa di Cedri, Domus Poetica, Bellinzona, Switerland

OWL- Dance solo – MEME Estaçao Cultural, Porto Alegre, Brasil // Light Stone Festival, Ko-Panqui, Chile

HUMAN FORM 1 – Dance solo. Music by Zam Johnson and Minako Seki. UNFIX Festival, Glasgow, Scotland. // Festival Internacional de Butoh Cuerpos en revuelta , Teatro de la Danza, Mexico. // Teatro Universidad de los Andes, Bógota, Colombia.

EXISTENCE – Duo performance, with Cello performer Willem Schultz. Lange Nacht des Tanzes Gmünd in Kärten, Austria.

APPLEDuo performance, with Cello performer Willem Schultz. Achtmal Alte Brüderkirche Kassel, Germany.

HUMAN FORM 2 – PUPPETS – Dance solo, production by Commedia Futura. IF Festival Barcelona, Spain.

TWO – Duet with Yumiko Yoshioka, production by Commedia Futura. Dock11, Berlin, Germany.

(Apple, by Anja Khöne)


EXISTENCE – Duo performance, with Cello performer Willem Schultz. Casal Solleric Museum, Palma de Mallorca. Balears, Spain

HUMAN FORM 2 – PUPPETS – Dance solo. Directed by Wolfgang Piontek. Commedia Futura – Eisfabrik, Hannover. Ger many

HUMAN FORM 1Dance solo. Commedia Futura – Eisfabrik, Hannover. Germany

TWOIn collaboration with the dancer Yumiko Yoshioka, directed by Wolfgang Piontek. Commedia Futura – Eisfabrik, Hannover. International Dance Festival Hannover. Dock11, Berlin. All in Germany.

WE WOMENDirected by Sol Pico, in collaboration with Shantala Shivalingappa, Julie Dossavi, Marta Robles, Adele Madau and Lina León . Teatro Principal, Valencia. Spain

WASSER DAS CHAOS SENSIBLEDance solo in collaboration with the Music Composer Willem Schulz (Opening event of the nationwide Bavarian festival Art and Health) Max Littmann Saal, Bad Kissingen. Germany

(Wasser das Chaos Sensible)


IN DREAMSIn collaboration with the Music Composer Willem. Capealla Hospitalis, Bielefeld. Germany

LA FIESTA Directed by Israel Galván. Festspielhaus Sankt Pölten, Austria. Festival Movimientos. Autostadt, Wolfsburg, Germany

WE WOMEN Directed by Sol Pico, in collaboration with Shantala Shivalingappa, Julie Dossavi, Marta Robles, Adele Madau and Lina León. Teatro del Español, Madrid / Teatro Jovellanos, Gijón / Mercat de les flors, Barcelona / Castelló de la Plana Theater, Castellón / Teatro Auditorio, Sant Cugat / Teatro Principal de Ali cante, Alicante. All in Spain.

TWOIn collaboration with the dancer Yumiko Yoshioka, directed by Wolfgang Piontek – CommediaFutura – Eisfabrik, Hannover / Lot Theater, Braunschweig / Festival Tanz.Tausch Cologne. Germany.

SITE SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE “MOVING BODIES”Solo dance. Butoh Festival in the frame of Dance Ireland Festival. Dublin, Ireland.

(Two with Yumiko Yoshioka)


WE WOMENDirected by Sol Pico, in collaboration with Shantala Shivalingappa, Julie Dossavi, Marta Robles, Adele Madau and Lina León Equilibrio Festival. Auditorio Parco della Musica. Rome. Italy / Le Théätre Scène Nationale de Mâcon. Mâcon Val de Saone. France / Auditorio de Galicia. Santiago de Compostela. Spain / Fes tival Fabbrica Europa. Florence, Italy / Teatro Villa de Molina, Molina de Segura, Múrcia. Spain / Teatro Prin cipal de Zaragoza, Zaragoza. Spain

HUMAN FORM 1 – Solo dance. Eis Fabrik Theater / Commedia Futura. Hannover, Germany

EQUILIBRIO ARCAICOon Carmen Amaya. Solo dance. In collaboration with and produced by Israel Galván. Mercat de les Flors, Barcelona, Spain

DER WALD ALS PARTITURSite Specific Performance in collaboration with the composer Willem Schultz and his ensemble. Kulturzentrum Wilde Rose. Melle. Germany

DIE LEICHTIGKEIT DES SEINS. Benediktushof- Holzkirchen, Holzkirchen. Germany

(We Woman, by Sol Pico)


HUMAN FORM 1 Solo dance. In collaboration with the composer and musician Zam Johnson. Dock 11 Berlin. Germany / FI Butoh Festival. Teatro GAM, Santiago de Chile. Chile / Festival de Danza Biobío. Cultural Artists Steel Corporation. Concepción. Chile / Commedia Futura – Theater Eis Fabrik. Hannover. Germany

SYMPHONY TO A LOST GENERATIONDigital 3D, Performance with Symphony orchestra. London, England – Composed and directed by Adam Donen. Premiere at LSO St. Luke’s London

EXISTENCE – Duo performance, with Cello performer Willem Schultz. Dock11, Berlin

WE WOMENDirected by Sol Pico, collaboration with Shantala Shivalingappa, Julie Dossavi, Marta Robles, Adele Madau, Lina León. Grec Festival. Barcelona Spain / Temporada Alta Festival in Girona / FIBA Dance Festival. Buenos Aires, Argentina

SITE SPECIFIC PERFORMANCE WITH GATTO ENSEMBLE – Espace Teatro, Torino Bu toh Festival. Torino, Italy

DANCE PERFORMANCE FOR TAKASHI MURAKAMI – Art Projects – Lune Rouge Art Projects. Ibiza, Spain

DANCE COLLUSION INTO MUSIC IMPROVISATION with Bauer-Contrabass & Drees-Violin-Bike – Exploratorium. Berlin, Germany

(Human Form 1 , by Cesar Alberto Guzman)


HUMAN FORM 1Dance solo. Thespis, 9. International Monodrama Festival at Schauspiel Haus Kiel. Germany. Reso nanzkörper Festival. Senckenberg museum Frankfurt am Main, Germany / International Monodrama Festival. Fujairah, United Arabic Emirates

AMMO-NITE GIG, VOL.46with Yuko Kaseki. Dock 11. Berlin, Germany

FUKUSHIMA – The Aftermath Story of Berlin Museum. Berlin, Germany

EXISTENCE – Duo performance, with Cello performer Willem Schultz. DOCK11. Berlin, Germany

HARD BOILED WONDERING – Ackerstadtpalast. Berlin, Germany

(Existence, by Helmut Herrmann)


HUMAN FORM 1Dance solo. SESC Pompéia Saō Paulo, Brazil / Opening of the Muntada Festival 2013, Bagdad National Theater. Iraq / Nun Off Festival de Creación Emergente de Barcelona. Spain

EXISTENCE – Duo performance, with Cello performer Willem Schultz. Eisfabrik. Hannover, Germany

HORMONES OF HAPPINESS Lecture Performance with Romina Achatz. Tanzfabrik. Berlin / Frankfurt am Main University, Germany


DORO DORO QUARKS – with Yuko Kaseki. Teatro Opera Solís. Montevideo, Uruguay / Universidad Nacional de Córdoba. Córdoba, Argentina Centro Cultural de Parque Espana. Rosario, Argentina / Teatro Portón de Sánchez. Buenos Aires, Argentina / BE – Festival. Birmingham, England

EXISTENCE – Duo performance, with Cello performer Willem Schultz. Festival Valladolid, Spain / Teatro de las Esquina. Zaragoza, Spain

FORMING with Ming Poon. International Dance Festival Ingolstadt. Germany


CHAOS SENSIBLEDuo. Music by Zam Johnson. Centro Cultura del Matadero, Huesca, Spain

HUMAN FORM 1 Dance solo. Caixa Forum. Barcelona, Spain

EXISTENCE – Duo performance, with Cello performer Willem Schultz – Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. Santiago de Chile, Chile

PHYSICAL MEETING – Mica Moca. Berlin, Germany

FAR FROM THOUGHTSite-Specific-Performance. Übersee Museum. Bremen, Germany

DORO DORO QUARKS – With Yuko Kaseki. Dock 11. Berlin, Germany

(Doro Doro Quarks, by Roger Rossell)

///Productions 2010-2002


DORO DORO QUARKS With Yuko Kaseki. Dock 11. Berlin, Germany


SECOND SLEEP – Radialsystem V. Berlin, Germany

INTO EMBODIMENT – Picasso Museum. Barcelona, Spain


THE UNDERCOVER ELEPHANT Performance with Elias Cohen und Nils Willers. Teatro San Ginés. Santiago de Chile, Chile


MODULATIONS – Tanzfabrik. Berlin, Germany


MEMORIES TO UNDRESSED PERSONS – Neue Nationalgalerie. Berlin, Germany


BORDERLESS SPLIT BRAIN(Sponsored by Berlin Hauptstadtkulturfonds). Ballhaus Naunynstrasse / Werkstatt der Kulturen / Danceräume – Festival Hagen / Bielefeld Dancefestival, Germany


DANCING BETWEEN – Theater on the Board, Seattle / Noh Space, San Francisco, USA / Finnis Terra, Santi ago de Chile, Chile Théâtre les Halles. Sierre, Switzerland / Theater Zag. Danzig, Poland


THE  WAY TO THE HIDDEN GARDEN – in collaboration with Yuko Kaseki, Sten Rudstrome, Shin lova Koga, Yael Karavan, and the sculptor Dani Karavan. Sapporo Moere Park Museum, Japan

DANCE FONDUE – Tanzabrik. Berlin, Germany

DANCING BETWEEN – Ballhaus Naunynstrasse. Berlin, Germany


GLASS ANATOMIES – collaboration with Shinichi Staatsbank. Berlin, Germany

(By Jordi Cervera)

/// Selected venues before 2002

PARCO theatre, Tokyo  /  Theaterfestival de Singel Antwerpen, Belgium  /  Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin for „Die Rebellion des Körpers”, erstes Butoh Festival Europas Akademie der Künste, Berlin  /  MOVEMENTS, Klagenfurt  /  Documenta IX, Kassel  /  North Sea Festival of Contemporary Arts, Stavanger Norway  /  IMMT Festival, Budapest / Musikfestspiele Dresden  /  Danse Musique Contemporaire, Auch, Franc e /  Jazzfestival Moers  /  TANZSZENE, Berlin  /  La Filature, Mulhouse, France  /  III. Europa Bienale, Niederlausitz  /  Musikfestival auf der Festung, Koblenz  /  Kanonhallen, Kopenhagen  /  Mousonturm, Frankfurt  /  TAT, Frankfurt  /  Kampnagel, Hamburg  /  Künstler Haus Bremen  /  Aurillac Festival, France  /  Quito Theater-Festival, Ecuador  /  Festival al aire puro, Bogota, Kolumbien  /  Norderzoon, Groningen, Netherlands  /  Festival Spectrum XIV Villach, Österreich  /  Mimos Festival, Perigueux France  /  Sottville Festival Viva Site, France  /  Finis Terrae, Santiago de Chile  /  Aarhus Theaterfestival, Dänemark  /  Club ZAK, Gdansk, Polen  /  Cave, New York  /  On The Boards, Seattle  /  Noh Theatre, San Francisco  /  Neue Nationalgallerie, Berlin  /  Teatro Beckett, Buenos Aires  /  Picasso Museum, Barcelona

///Prices and awards

2014 Public Award. Human Form 1. Thespis Monodrama Festival. Kiel, Germany. Heidelberg Youth Theatre Price for Animal Farm of Show Case Beat Le Mot / Collaborating as a Choreographer. Heidelberg, Germany

2005 Hauptstadtkulturfonds Productions Sponsorship. Berlin, Germany

2001 Nominated for the Kurt-Joos-Preis: Schicht (Participant in the Jury: Pina Bausch)

2000 Best Dance-Solo : Euro-scene Leipzig: Homage to Rio Reiser

1994 „Besonders Wertvoll“ Award by the Jury. Saarbrücken Film Festival: Ju-ni hitoe, or the discover of the Soul.

(Beat Le Mot)

///Guest Choreographer / Artistic Director

National Theater Augsburg for the piece Bovary, ein Fall von Schwärmerei. Augsburg 2019-2020

National Theater Augsburg for the piece Central Europe. Augsburg 2018

Showcase Beat le Mot (performance group) :

Nazi Super Menschen sind euch allen überlegen (DingDongDom, HAU, Berlin, 2014 – 2015)

Animal Farm (Theater an der Parkaue, Berlin, 2014)

1534 (HAU, Berlin, 2013)

The Bremer Stadtmusikaten (Theater an der Parkaue, Berlin, 2012)

Raissa Avilés : Matrioska (Master Campus Theater, Switzerland, 2014)

She She Pop Performance group: Ende (HAU. Berlin, 2013)

Laura Pacheco (Contemporary Flamenco) : Des Plante.doc (Sao Paulo, Salvador de Bahia, Porto Alegre and Florianópolis, Brazil, 2013)

Commedia Futura, Eisfabrik Hannover : Le Cadavre Exquis (Hannover, 2010)

Teatro Oráculo, Chile: VaYven (Concepción Chile, 2009)

Teatre Cantabile 2, Dänemark : Osmotic Cosmos (1998), Co-Production with the National School Copenhagen/ Pentotal (1997) / Dogman (1997) / Alzheimer (1997), Homosapiens (1996), The Endlösung – Opera by Michael Hamel (1996)


Israel Galván, Sol Picó, Julie Dossavi, Shantala Shivalingappa, Feridun Zaimoglu, Dani Karavan, Peter Michael Hamel, Willem Schulz, Zam Johnson, Adam Donen, Shinichi lova Koga, Sten Rudstrom, Yuko Kaseki, Yael Karavan, Elias Cohen, Nullo Facchini, Yumiko Yoshioka, Wolfgang Piontek – Commedia Futura, Teatro del Oraculo, Ruta de la Memoria, Sven Vänth, Elliot Sharp, N.U. Unruh (Einstürzende Neubauten), Gustav Gisiger, Uwe Renken, Martin-Karl Wagner, Schiller, Bremer Kammerorchester, Chansook Choi, Mi-Kuni, Ming Poon, Showcase Beat le Mot, She She Pop and Mido Kawamura.

(Waterbag exercise, during a Seki Method Workshop)


Besides her intense dancing career Minako Seki has been teaching her technique under the Seki Method in numerous workshops and master classes worldwide such as:

University of Roehampton, London, UK

Tanz Fabrik –Ufer Studios-, Berlin, Germany

Dock 11 – Eden Studios, Berlin, Germany

La Piconera , Barcelona, Spain

International Department of the ESAD-Galicia, University of Vigo, Spain

Universidad de los Andes, Bógota, Colombia.

Teatro de la Danza, Mexico City, Mexico.

Institut Supérieur d’Art Dramatique et d’Animation Culturelle de Rabat ISADAC, Rabat, Marocco

Centre for Contemporary Arts , Glasgow, Scotland

Dimitri University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland

Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, Odense, Denmark

Cantabile 2, School of Stage Arts, Denmark

Ostfold University College, in Norway

Performance Studies Department of the Hamburg University, Germany

Folkwang University in Essen, Germany

Institute for Theatre Studies of the Justus-Liebig-Universität in Gießen, Germany

Alanus School of Arts and Social Studies in Alfter, Germany

Thanks for the amazing support of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media in the NEUSTART KULTUR program, DIS-TANZEN aid program of the Dachverband Tanz Deutschland.

Gefördert durch die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien im Programm NEUSTART KULTUR, Hilfsprogramm DIS-TANZEN des Dachverband Tanz Deutschland.“