AKI SUZUKI Akeno                                         

Butoh Dancer, Choreographer


After studying Butoh, Japanese Dance, Classical and Modern Ballet and Jazz Dance, Aki Suzuki (Akeno) became one of the most successful Japanese Butoh dancers on the international scene. 


She performed the main role in 'Far from the Lotus' at the Edinburgh International Festival as well as at the New York Joyce Theatre, Adelaide International Festival, Indonesian Dance Festival, Israel International Festival and Amsterdam Europaria Japan festival.

She performed also in following cities in U.S.A.: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland and Minneapolis and in Australia in Darwin. This solo version was in Paris, Vienna, Krems, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Taipei.


Opera de Lyon’s ‘Madame Butterfly'


The film ‘Kiko-traveller is my name’ directed by Minna Tarkka

Asian Festival at “Aleksanterin teatteri “ organized by Jukka O. Miettinen.

Working for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma, in Helsinki Finland, she choreographed together with Molissa Fenley the opening program 'TRIAD' – A live teleprecence performance on the Internet” connecting the cities of New York-Tokyo-Helsinki, directed by Marikki Hakola.


She produced, directed and performed 'Tele-Presence' and other works as the 'Akeno Project 1-7' at the Tokyo SONY Building.


Aki separated from the Butoh company and started working as an independent solo dancer.


Aki began to develop in Helsinki her own original dance style and method - 'Body and Presence'- beyond Butoh supported by the Japan Foundation ‘Dispatch’ Fellowship Program.


Aki choreographed Jotaarkka Pennanen’s production of Ibsen’s 'Peer Gynt' for the Helsinki Swedish Theatre, and also the Finnish National Opera’s 'Tuulisilta' (Almi Hall). In December she choreographed and danced ‘Shift’ CD-Rom directed by Mika Tuomola at UIAH.

In January 2002

Aki presented her own original improvised performance with media Marita Liulia artist and musician Kimmo Phojonen, Ars-01 'Manipulator', at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Kiasma, Helsinki.


Europe cultural in Bruges Belgium ‘’Manipulator’’


Sibelius Academy, joint session with classical guitar by Rody van Gemert.


Tallinn Dancestudio ‘Baroque-brides to the past’ kadriorg Palace, dance combines contemporary and butoh with  Fine Five.   

Von Krahl Theatre 11anniversary years event with Peeter Jalakas.


Eestti Ballaadid, Tallinn Soolinna, composed by Verijo Tormis, conducted by Tonu Kaljusta ,directed by Peeter Jalkas, Von Krahl Theatre and choreograghed by Aki Suzuki.

Along the production she arranged Butoh Dance training for the actors of the theatre.

For 15 years Aki has worked extensively developing dance and movement performances with musicians through improvisation, and in the arena of computer-supported and enhanced performance in real and virtual space, with special emphasis on the nature of place.