inkBoat inhabits the interplay of multiple artistic disciplines and viewpoints, drawing primarily from the Japanese performing and martial arts, improvisational arts, and Daoist internal arts. inkBoat stage works border dance, performance art and theater, performing in theaters, museums, streets and abandoned spaces.
Founded by Shinichi Iova-Koga in 1998, members are based in San Francisco, Luzern, Paris and Berlin, performing throughout North America, Europe, South Korea and Japan.
inkBoat offers classes and workshops for professionals and beginners. The collaborative artistic process promotes investigation and the professional growth of students and performers in San Francisco and abroad.
inkBoat has been awarded 5 Isadora Duncan Awards (Izzies): 2015’s “95 Rituals” received a Special Award; 2011’s “Line Between” received Outstanding Achievement in Visual Design; 2008’s “c(H)ord” received Outstanding Achievement in Company Performance; 2004’s “Ame to Ame” received Outstanding Achievement in Company Performance; and 2003’s “Heavens’ Radio” received Outstanding Achievement in Visual Design.
inkBoat has been presented by numerous venues, including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF), ODC Theater (SF), CounterPulse (SF), Japan Society (NY), Red Cat (LA), Southern Theater (MN), University of California (Riverside), Highways (Santa Monica), Painted Bride (Philadelphia), Vancouver Dance Festival, Dock 11(Berlin), Fabrik Potsdam(Germany), Schloss Bröllin(Germany), Kunsthaus Graz (Austria), Divadlo Disc (Prague), Plan B (Tokyo) and Die Pratze (Tokyo).
Our work is supported by grants from leading national and regional funders, including National Endowment for the Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s MAP fund, Creative Work Fund, California Arts Council, San Francisco Arts Commission, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, Sam Mazza Foundation, The Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Zellerbach Foundation and others.