Shoji Yamasaki is a multidisciplinary choreographer, performer, director, and filmmaker. He was born and raised on the unceded ancestral land of the Gabrielino-Tongva people, recently known as Los Angeles.
Yamasaki received his BA in world arts and cultures (dance concentration) with a minor in Spanish from UCLA in 2011. In 2023, he received his Master of Fine Arts degree in choreography from the California Institute of the Arts.
In June 2023, Yamasaki performed in Chanel’s Métier d’art Replica Show at Tokyo Big Sight, directed and choreographed by Dimitri Chamblas. Yamasaki’s works have been presented in Conservatorio de Danza México in Mexico, Meatball and Meshed Potatoes in Korea, and across the U.S., including at the Jerry Moss Plaza, the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT), Electric Lodge, Pieter Performance Space and Gibney Dance.
Yamasaki’s current interests are in site-specific and immersive experiences that allow the audience to suspend their disbelief. Through this work, he encourages viewers to become storytellers themselves by integrating their own experiences.