Founded by Shinichi Iova-Koga in 1998, inkBoat is a performance collective working in fractured, filmic, delicate and decayed environments, inkBoat’s performances evoke both the traditional and the experimental, drawing heavily from movements (political, artistic, personal) of challenge. Each performance is a dialogue between the apparent and hidden worlds.
Built by and with the collaborative efforts of choreographers, dancers, musicians, visual artists, directors and actors, all collaborators are independent visionaries that assemble according to project parameters. Living in San Francisco, Berlin, New York, Tokyo and Seattle, these artists contribute to projects as called upon.
Our interdisciplinary nature attracts audiences following alternative music, physical theater, ethnic dance, contemporary dance, film and visual art. Audiences cross ethnic, age and income lines, sharing a fascination with the border between traditional and experimental performance.
Shinichi Iova-Koga and inkBoat are current artists in residence at ODC Theater in San Francisco.
Venues (for both film and live performances) have included:
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (SF)
Theatre Artaud / Z space (SF)
Dance Mission (SF)
Venue 9 (SF)
Red Cat (LA)
The Lincoln Center, Dance on Camera (NY)
Japan Society (NY)
Theater for the New City (NY)
The Southern Theater (MN)
Temple University (PA)
On The Boards (Seattle)
Vancouver Dance Festival
Kunsthaus Graz (Austria)
Dock 11 (Berlin)
Orph Theatre (Berlin)
Fabrik Potsdam (Potsdam, Germany)
Schloss Bröllin (Bröllin, Germany)
Attitudes Festival (Nancy, France)
Divadlo Disc (Praha)
Strasnicke Divadlo (Praha)
Plan B (Tokyo)
Strange Fruits (Tokyo)
The Pit (Tokyo)
Die Pratze (Tokyo)
as well as various site specific performances at ocean sides, in old buildings and shrines.