Winner of ReelDance International Dance On Screen Festival (2008)

Using everyday objects as metaphors of ‘loss’, while also collecting residential memories defined by a psycho-emotional space, Yumi takes on the notion of ‘oriental’ in the context of moving and living in “foreign” spaces. The work explores the cracks and spaces between disorientation / destruction & attraction / familiarities.

Inspired by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban’s emergency cardboard tubing house, Yumi explores the notion that a house, usually an object of permanence, could be specifically designed to provide momentary comfort.

Choreographed and Performed by Yumi Umiumare
Sound Design: Cat Hope
Lighting Design: Richard Vabre
Produced by Hirano Production
This work premiered at Performance Space as a part of Rakini Devi’s project, Women in Transit in 2004.


2007 SeptemberTheatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, OzAsia Festival

2006 OctoberSpring Dance program at Dancehouse

2004 July as a premier season of Woman in Transit


Film Project

Choreographed and Performed by Yumi Umiumare
Director  Sean O'Brien
Writers Sean O'Brien  Yumi Umiumare
Sound designer Darrin Verhagen
Producer Beth Frey

Production Company

Australian Broadcasting Corporation  Arts Council of England  Australia Council for the Arts  Channel Four International  Circe Films Pty Ltd


“….Yumi Umiumare does incredibly intense solo in which her Japanese heritage and butoh dance background provide an irresistible focus for small actions on personal or domestic themes that hint at larger concerns……The transformations is riveting, powered by the knowledge that visual is built on layers of psychological and emotional considerations.”
Sydney Morning Herald 2004

Photo by Heidrun Lohr