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Kaoru Okumura - Butoh Performance Artist studied Butoh in 1993 at Asbestos-Kan in Tokyo with Akiko Motofuji, Hijikata's wife, and also had her first performance there. After another long interval, she encountered Seattle Butoh dancers in 2008, which kindled her dream of sharing her own art. Since then, she has enjoyed working and performing with Danse Perdue, KOGUT Butoh, etc., where she experiences how a body bridges the soul and the world.  Recently she is focusing solo butoh, premiering new piece bi-monthly, at Taoist Studies Institute and other venues. Kaoru also performed at Moore Inside Out, Settle Butoh Festival 2011, Seattle International Dance Festival 2010, 2011, and 2012.