inkBoat is a physical theatre and dance company founded by Shinichi Iova-Koga in 1998. The San Francisco based company, winner of 5 “Izzie” awards, performs throughout North America, Europe, South Korea and Japan in theaters and site-specific locations. Repertory and research integrate the interplay of multiple artistic disciplines and viewpoints, both experimental and traditional, resulting in original performance compositions. Themes and subjects arise from meticulous examination of everyday life, with primary content arising from the body, resulting in both refined and raw expressions.
We derive inspiration from working in wild, natural settings and urban existence.
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“The simplicity and rigor of the tiny gestures appeared to come from somewhere outside time. The force with which they repeatedly fell or threw themselves to the floor looked propelled by more than earthly gravity.”
-Rita Felciano, Dance View Times
““95 Rituals,” a perambulatory birthday tribute to the modern dance pioneer devised by physical theater and dance company inkBoat… mix humor, introspection, playfulness and memory with fearless gestures and thoughtfully crafted drama.” – Mary Ellen Hunt, SF Chronicle, 2015
Action Theater workshop taught in Berlin at the NOW! Festival by Shinichi Iova-Koga, 2018.
Chris Brown and Shinichi Iova-Koga performing an improvisation in honor of Anna Halprin’s 96th birthday.