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To dance is to journey into the secrets of intuition, memory, dreams; to encounter and express the mysteries of human nature as they are manifest in the body, before words. I believe in the ability of art to move people, to change people, to put people in touch with the best part of their humanity, to remind people of the complexity of their humanity and to cultivate compassion.​ 

- Denise Fujiwara

About Us

About Us

What makes Fujiwara’s dance work intriguing? It gently teases you in and surprises you with its imagery and intelligence. Artistic Director Denise Fujiwara asks questions and investigates them with instinct, heart and skillful rigour to create acclaimed dance works that move with images, words and music. The company has performed across Canada and on four continents in festivals, theatres, galleries and site-specific locations.



Denise Fujiwara’s first language is dance. She was a high performance athlete from childhood competing internationally for Canada in Rhythmic Gymnastics in the 70s, but it was the compulsion to use dance as a medium for communication that has compelled her throughout her interesting career.


A graduate in Dance from York University BFA (Honours), she was a co-founder of Toronto Independent Dance Enterprise (TIDE) and formed Fujiwara Dance Inventions to cultivate her burgeoning solo career in 1991. Each of her six solo dance concerts have toured extensively. In the mid-90’s, Fujiwara worked with Japanese Butoh master, Natsu Nakajima who created Sumida River for her, a solo that toured for 12 years, to four continents and inducted Fujiwara into a profoundly rich paradigm of dance that changed her life and artistry.


In the 2000’s Fujiwara developed a compulsion to investigate how to apply what she had learned about solo choreography into ensemble choreography. Over the decade she created works within FDI, No Exit, Conference of the Birds, EUNOIA, and Moving Parts, as well as large commissioned works for la Compania Nacional de Costa Rica,!'11, Schloss Broellin, Germany, and duets for BoucharDanse and SiNS Dance.

Many people have been influential in the company’s development . Behind the scenes since the mid- 90’s, Fujiwara was accompanied on this journey by Elizabeth Langley, a mentor and dramaturg of deep wisdom, Ron Snippe who created magic with light and managed all of the technical and production elements of the work with aplomb, and the music wizard, Phil Strong. The performers have also been a huge part of the artistic evolution of the work, each one a choreographer and artistic director in their own right. In 2005, Adina Herling began working with the company as General Manager resulting in an increase in performances, workshops, and touring opportunities.

Past Engagements

Past Engagements

NOVEMBER 6, 2020

Premiere of Noppera-Bo as part of Older & Reckless: 20 Years of Age on Stage (online event)

OCTOBER 29, 2020

Toronto International Festival of Authors Choreo: Chats with Denise Fujiwara on EUNOIA

AUGUST 5 - 11, 2019

Performance of Moving Parts (excerpt) for Dusk Dances, Withrow Park, Toronto, Ontario

JUNE 1, 2019

Performance of EUNOIA at River Run Centre, Guelph, Ontario presented by Guelph Dance Festival

APRIL 4, 2019

Performance of EUNOIA at the Registry Theatre, Kitchener, Ontario

April 16, 2019

Performance of EUNOIA at Flato Markham Theatre, Markham Ontario


NOVEMBER 7 - 11, 2018

Teaching residency at the Grand Theatre, Kingston, Ontario


NOVEMBER 16 - 18, 2017

Performance of Moving Parts (excerpt) at Harbourfront Centre Theatre, Toronto, Ontario presented by DanceWorks

NOVEMBER 4 - 8, 2015

Performance of EUNOIA at Harbourfront Centre Theatre, Toronto, Ontario

OCTOBER 23, 2015

Performance of EUNOIA at Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon

OCTOBER 16 - 17, 2015

Performance of EUNOIA at Theatre Junction Grand, Calgary, Alberta, presented by Fluid Festival

October 10, 2015

Performance of EUNOIA at LSPU Hall, St. John's, Newfoundland, presented by Neighbourhood Dance Works

October 1 - 3, 2015

Performance of EUNOIA at Sir James Dunn Theatre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, presented by Live Art Dance

MARCH 19 - 22, 2014

Premiere of EUNOIA at the Enwave Theatre in Toronto presented by Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage


APRIL 5 – 6, 2013

Performances of Lost and Found at the Market Hall Performing Arts presented by Public Energy in Peterborough


JANUARY 8 – 20, 2013

Tour of NO EXIT and Lost & Found to MacKenzie Art Gallery in Regina presented by New Dance Horizons, and to the Firehall Arts Centre in Vancouver


AUGUST 4 – 22, 2012

Choreographer , teacher and performer at eX…it! ’11 at Schloss Broellin, Germany


JULY 14 – 16, 2011

Premiere of Cuenta Las Estrellas en el Cielo at Teatro de la Danza in San José, Costa Rica


APRIL 23 – MAY 21, 2011 AND JUNE 25 – JULY 13, 2011

Commission of a new work, Cuenta Las Estrellas en el Cielo, for the Compañía Nacional de Danza in San José, Costa Rica


SEPTEMBER 24 – 25, 2010

NO EXIT presented at Ontario Dance Platform at the Winchester Street Theatre


MAY 26 – 31, 2010

Performances of Sumida River at the Frederic Wood Theatre, presented by City Opera Vancouver


APRIL 20 – MAY 9, 2010

Eastern Canada Tour of Lost & Found and NO EXIT to LSPU Hall in St. Johns presented by Neighbourhood Dance Works; Halifax presented by Live Art Dance; the Capitol Theatre in Moncton, New Brunswick; and the Osprey Arts Centre in Shelburne, Nova Scotia


MARCH 24, 2010

Premiere of Lost & Found at the Enwave Theatre in Toronto, presented by DanceWorks


JUNE 2009

Creation of Canticle for Rain as part of CanAsian Dance Festival’s Dance Film Workshop with David Hinton


OCTOBER 25, 2008

Performance of Komachi (excerpt) at the Enwave Theatre in Toronto presented by the Sooryu Festival


JULY 20 – 28, 2008

Performances of Sumida River and workshops taught at Mudanzas 4, Jornadas de Reflexion Y Critica Sobre La Danza, in San José, Costa Rica


JUNE 21 – 22, 2008

Performance of NO EXIT at the Festival of New Dance in St. John’s, Newfoundland


MAY 2 – 3, 2008

Performance of Sumida River at the Enwave Theatre in Toronto presented by the 2008 CanaAsian International Dance Festival


MARCH 7 – 14, 2008

Performance of Sumida River and workshops for the Festival of Dance and Anthropology, Krakow, Poland


NOVEMBER 11, 2007

Performance of Sumida River at the New York Butoh Festival in New York City


OCTOBER 9 – 18, 2007

Performances of Sumida River and workshops presented by the Festival Internacional de Teatro de Manizales in Manizales, Colombia; and an intenstive workshop for Los Danzantes in Bogotá, Colombia


JULY 2007

Performances of Conference of the Birds and Water presented by Dancing on the Edge Festival in Vancouver


JUNE 2006

Performances of Conference of the Birds at the Canada Dance Festival in Ottawa and in Peterborough, presented by Public Energy


MARCH 2006

Performances of Komachi presented by IV Festival Internacional de Mujeres en la Danza in Quito, Ecuador, and the Vancouver International Dance Festival


FEBRUARY 18, 2006

Performance of Sumida River at Market Hall in Peterborough presented by Public Energy

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