“physical theater and dance company inkBoat… mixes humor, introspection, playfulness and memory with fearless gestures and thoughtfully crafted drama.”
~Mary Ellen Hunt, SF Chronicle, July 9, 2015

“Iova-Koga expertly mines the dark vein of absurdist humor that infiltrates butoh.”
~Allan Ulrich, SF Chronicle, November 9, 2010

“the inkBoat ensemble, and especially director Shinichi Iova-Koga, whose “c(H)ord” premiered Thursday night at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, are remarkably adept at generating simple images that you just can’t get out of your head.”
~Mary Ellen Hunt, SF Chronicle, April 26, 2008

“the friction between the deceptively, mulishly passive Mr. Koga and the slyly assertive Ms. Terman was delicately funny, revealed in a simple walk across the stage or a contretemps over a folding chair and a noisy radiator.”
~Jennifer Dunning, New York Times, January 9, 2006

“Iova-Koga somehow contorted into a ball, his arms move with such deliberate individuality that they look like worms sprouting from an eerily headless torso.”

~Rachel Howard, San Francisco Chronicle, January 26, 2007

“…inkBoat is at the forefront of a new generation. Founder Shinichi Iova-Koga creates startlingly imaginative psychological journeys of humor and horror…”
San Francisco Chronicle, January 29, 2006

“…technical mastery and dark vein of humor runs through the performances…”
Voice of Dance, August 10, 2004

“…moods and tempos freely incorporate elements of modern, jazz, and popular dance, all with captivating grace and precision.”
Robert Avila, SF Bay Guardian, August 11, 2004

“The U.S. premiere of [inkBoat’s Ame to Ame is] operatic in its own way. While the only libretto was a panoply of keen gestures, extreme facial expressions, and Harpo-style physical maneuvers, the dancers’ bodies sang out the physical equivalent of songs—broken, dissonant, and often hilarious. Although there was no translation of these nonverbal arias, the dancers formed a portrait of mysterious yearning and frustration that was by turns comic, lyrical, ghoulish, and haunting.”
~Ann Murphy, Dance Magazine, August 12, 2004

“Hiding under mounds of a gorgeous fabric cloak, Iova-Koga softly blew a white kerchief from his face and peaked out curiously. A charming presence, he was rooted but levitating; within this tiny gem of a dance a path from dark to light moved like a stream. Eventually, letting down the burden of his cloak, he stomped on it as he turned in a slow circle. I overheard an audience member say “I want to marry that dance.””
~Alissa Cardone, The Brooklyn Rail

Shinichi Iova-Koga has given us a solo performance that digests the horror of warfare and transforms it into a thing of hope.  A riveting performer of great skill and craft, Iova-Koga embodies the spirit of protest.”
~Sima Belmar, SF Bay Guardian

But much like the unexpected humor in Kafka’s stories, these events trigger a quick chuckle, then an uneasiness sets in, which mirrors the dying man’s uncomfortable metamorphosis into frog, lizard, snake, insect….”
~Sam Prestiani, SF Weekly, 2001


Shinichi Iova-Koga, inkBoat, 95 Rituals, SF Chronicle Review, photo by Carlos Avila Gonzales

95 Rituals – SF Chronicle Review 2015


Deep in the middle of the performance of “95 Rituals,” as you find yourself on the back of a dancer who is clambering over benches on the upper deck of…

Performers (front to back) Shinichi Momo Iova-Koga, Dohee Lee, Terre Unite Parker, Joy Cosculluela perform in Spirit of Place at Stern Grove, May 3, 2009

Majestic spirits glide in Halprin’s grove

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Dance Review by Rachel Howard, Chronicle Dance Correspondent Published Tuesday, May 5, 2009 Photo: Kegan Marling Performers (front to back) Shinichi Iova-Koga, Dohee Lee, Terre Unite Parker, Joy Cosculluela perform…

Review of ‘ODD’ (inkBoat/AXIS): SF Chronicle/Allan Ulrich


“ODD,” inspired by the Norwegian figurative painter, Odd Nerdrum, united Shinichi Iova-Koga‘s inkBoat collaborative with Oakland’s Axis Dance Company, which integrates able and disabled performers. In the past, the troupe…

Ame to Ame (Candy and Rain): Remarkable return 
at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF


“Yuko Kaseki and Shinichi Iova-Koga, the Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire of Butoh, come together in inkBoat’s Ame to Ame (Candy and Rain) at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts….