inkBoat workshops provide awareness practice to hone internal sensibilities and physical expression. We work with physical/psychological risk and embodied images to redraw and refine the body map, utilizing Body Weather Training, Action Theater, Noguchi Taiso, Qi Gong, Yang Sheng Gong and various practices of Japanese experimental and traditional performing arts. We develop minute interior details to effect larger actions.

2018 Summer Workshops

June 1: Caroline Redl and Shinichi teach: Aikido and Movement: Aikiwerk, Berlin
June 2, 3: Sten and Shinichi teach: You are an Image: Action Theater™ improvisation workshop: Mime Centrum, Berlin
June 13, 14, 15: Shinichi teaches: Sharpening the Water Body: A Butoh Lens: SOAK Festival, New York
July 1, 2: Cassie, Niki and Shinichi teach: the unexpected body / word & action: Action Theater™ improvisation workshop: University of Colorado at Boulder
July 7: Shinichi teaches: Within Stillness: Action Theater™ improvisation workshop: Western Sky Studio, Berkeley
July 22-28: Dana and Shinichi teach: Dance on Land: Mattole Valley, California


Shinichi Iova-Koga Shinichi is the Artistic Director of the physical theater and dance company inkBoat, founded in 1998. The winner of 5 San Francisco “Izzie” awards, inkBoat has performed throughout North America, Europe, South Korea and Japan. He and his wife Dana Iova-Koga conduct an annual workshop (“Dance on Land”) exploring dance in uncultivated environments. Shinichi is the editor of the book “95 Rituals.” He has taught primarily at Mills College, and at Stanford University, UC Davis, University of Utah, UC Riverside, UC Berkeley, SF State University and Anna Halprin’s Mountain Home Studio.  He is a certified teacher of Action Theater™.  His current practice includes Noguchi Taiso, Qi Gong, Noh Theater, Shakuhachi and Aikido.  His mentors include Anna Halprin (Dance Maker), Ruth Zaporah (Action Theater) and Ralph Lemon (Dance Maker).  

Dana Iova-Koga

Training Modalities

Action Theater

Improvisational training for movers, musicians and theatrical performers
taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga
Each step, sound, word or action we generate extends an invitation to those around us, prompting a series of responses and interactions which become the flesh and bones of a new organism. Provided that we remain aware of this relationship, it lives. To craft this life, we play with timing and space while connecting to our internal feeling states. We learn to say “yes” to the unknown, allowing the situation to develop its own logic, personality and energy. Action Theater is an embodied improvisation practice pioneered by Ruth Zaporah.  In her words, this practice “incorporates the disciplined exploration of embodied exercises that lead to increased skills of strong, clear, spontaneous, and artful communication. Action Theater addresses and expands the vocabularies of expression including: movement, vocalization, and speech.” Participants are asked to commit to the moment and the myriad pathways that arise from that commitment. We will move, sound and speak in duets, solos and groups.  Wear loose clothing and be prepared to shed your planning mind.

Body Weather Training

taught by Dana Iova-Koga

Noguchi Taiso (Water Body Movement)

A system of releasing unnecessary tension and developing a responsive and dynamic body for life, dance, performance and sports
taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga and Dana Iova-Koga
Noguchi Taiso trains the body to move by its own weight and heighten its sensitivity to locomote efficiently from its most relaxed and receptive state. Developed in the middle of the 20th century by Michizo Noguchi, the practice focuses on the basic idea of how matter and gravity relate to the body’s motion through space. Water, in particular, informs and guides the dynamics within the mover. Natural and free movement requires that the body release unnecessary tension to create the conditions for movement to naturally arise. This naturalness promotes a more energy-efficient and fluid state through which impulses can travel through the body with minimal resistance. As part of the practice, we discover how thoughts and the mind’s attention can change the quality of the physical form.

Yang Sheng Gong / 養生功

Physical tune-up for health and longevity open to all levels and body types
taught by Wudang West (Switzerland): Shinichi Iova-Koga and Dana Iova-Koga
Yang Sheng Gong includes aseries of physical exercises designed to soften the body, develop functional flexibility and promote general health by increasing the power of the immune system, strengthening connective tissue, tendons and joints and increasing the flow of qi, blood and subtle fluids. Lung resiliency develops through a variety of breathing techniques. Standing meditation postures help cultivate internal energy and regulation of the mind and consciousness by uniting movement and stillness. Yang Sheng Gong reduces stress, tension and anxiety; celebrates breath; opens brachial pathways; clears stagnation; expels toxins;develops balance and coordination; oxygenates the muscles; promotes healthy organ function; regulates the nervous system. With the presumption that we are an integral part of nature, we enter the training space with integrity, humility and sincerity and then return to oureveryday life with more alertness and awareness of our own health and interactions with others. Shinichi is authorized to teach Yang Sheng Gong by Wudang West / David Wei.

Dance on Land

taught by Shinichi Iova-Koga and Dana Iova-Koga Our teaching is a series of embodied investigations in listening.  How can a blade of grass blowing in the wind, a mountain stream, a pebble beach all become our master teachers? How can we train our sensitivities and perceptions so that we are more receptive to the landscape we inhabit, resulting in an alternative way to address the physics and mechanics of movement.



inkGround is situated within a patchwork of diverse and stunning ecosystems- forest, river, pasture, mountains, ocean, and from these intertwining landscapes we and our workshop participants/guests receive much inspiration and rejuvenation.

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Dance on Land: Becoming: July 22-28


Dance on Land, 2018 Becoming  Imagination changes the quality of what you do and opens a field of unexpected actions.  At the same time, noticing what IS leads to inexhaustible…

Dance on Land, inkGround, Shinichi Iova-Koga, Dana Iova-Koga

Part of Nature


Shinichi and Dana Iova-Koga…. came together through a mutual love for connecting the dancing body with nature. Dana graduated from NYU’s Experimental Theater Wing, and Shinichi was the son of…

Dance on Land, inkGRound, inkBoat, Amy Rathbone

Dance on Land 2014 (photo gallery)


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Shannon’s DANCE on LAND Testimonial

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“I had a very warming, grounding, and rare experience at Dance on Land, dancing where the river and ocean met and throwing the wind, in the fields, while a herd…