photo by Azumi Kajiwara


Yoko Ishiguro (born in 1978 in Akita, Japan) is a performance maker, performer and actress. She studied Psycholinguistics in University of Tsukuba (Japan) and got her MA in Contemporary Performance Making at Brunel University London in 2012.

Her background is contemporary theatre and dance. After her acting and dancing career, she started to make her solo works in 2007 and has performed internationally since then.

Mostly, her works are simple and playful site-specific performances (or performative installations) to look at the physical/mental distances between performers and audience, and the im/possibilities to 'be present' in particular spaces or media. She often problematises some social/communicational conditions which determine the relationships of people within, considering the accompanying cultural and ontological issues. The other challenge of her is to create a fantasy out of vivid and crucial realities around herself.

Currently, Ishiguro works interdisciplinarily in Live Art, performance art, theatre and academic fields across Japan and the UK.