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Dual national, British/Japanese Fluent languages, British/Japanese
I have been dance choreographer for the OUDS (Oxford University Drama Society) International Shakespeare Tour in association with Thelma Holt for 3 years (including this summer). The tour is a highly sought after opportunity funded by the University society, and is directed/produced/performed by the best theatrical talents at the University chosen through an interview and audition process annually. The production tours in the UK and in Japan in July and August. Last year I was responsible for the choreography of a Shakespearean jig at the end of 'As You Like it' which performed at various venues including the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe, August 2017. This year, for 'Twelfth Night' the tour will return to Japan, in venues including the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre.
I co-founded a production company, QuicksanDance Productions, in 2015. The aim of the company is to create exciting cross-media productions in theatre and film: exploring the narrative potential of contemporary dance, making it accessible for audiences and visually rendering concepts to make people think more about mobility. Our credits currently include 'Ten Duets on a Theme of Proximity' (BT Studio, Oxford Playhouse, 2015), Short Film 'The Monitor' written by Kevin Kelly and directed by Serena Yagoub, and 'Illuminated', Keble O'Reilly Theatre, Oxford, 2017. I also exhibited a piece from 'Illuminated' at Anish Kapoor's Studios in London, November 2017, in a collaborative exhibition of young artists 'Hostile Environments, Artists for Migrants: Organise'. Within the company my roles have been wide-ranging: I have been responsible for vision, direction, and choreography, but also closely cooperating in our small team by overseeing marketing, aesthetics, advertising strategy, running social media and reaching out to external organisations. In our most recent production, 'Illuminated' January, 2017, we associated with Parkinson's UK Charity's campaign 'When I Dance...', for whom we raised £900 from a percentage cut of ticket sales.
I worked as an interviewer for History BA Undergraduate Admissions at St. Hugh's College, Oxford, on a board alongside 3 senior academics. I completed the OL1 Training course, which entailed consideration of implicit bias and assessment criteria in particular. As the interviews were the last stage in the admissions process, I was required to review the candidates' other assessment criteria, including marking submitted work and personal statements. In the interviews themselves I was responsible in leading several interviews: we would take either a specific point from the candidates' own written work and ask them to expand on this or explore these ideas further, or ask some broader historical or historiographical questions to assess their analytical skills and potential for critical thinking within a tutorial-style environment.
Head of bookings for casting the 'I am JD' Campaign, on behalf of Chris Snode Castings/Sports Promotions Ltd. I was responsible for research, outreach and organising casting bookings for the month leading up to the castings. This entailed excellent research and social media skills, personal skills and highly efficient organisation of correspondence via email and telephone, ExCel spreadsheets and timetabling.
Responsible for digital editing, CCs and subtitles, reviewing footage, organising social media (YouTube, Instagram)
I acted as a college representative for student-run movement, 'Common Ground' at Oxford University. The movement, started by Beth Davies-Kumadiro, aimed at constructively interrogating the university's imperial legacy, and continuing race and class inequality, not only in the University but in Britain more widely. This involved organising events within college, such as film screenings and talks, to complement the wider weekend symposium, 'Imperial past, unequal present'. I was also involved with contacting potential speakers for a panel discussion, 'Can the Subaltern Speak at Oxford? Towards a Decolonised Curriculum'.
I have assisted artist and writer Charlotte Cory in various projects. This has included runner jobs, assisting in her print studio and helping organise and run events, exhibitions, and proof reading. I acted as a receptionist at her gallery, the Green Parrot Gallery in Greenwich for a few months in 2014.
Research: Global intellectual history in 6th century Cosmological texts; Sasanian Iran and exchange with T'ang China along the Silk road Language skills acquired: Medieval and Classical Greek, Pahlavi (Middle Persian)
First year: 11th highest mark in the cohort, average 70.75 Final grade: First Class Honours Topics: Intellectual history of Modern Japan, 18th century British History and Art History, Byzantium and the Rise of Islam, Medieval Japan.
Specialism in Fine Art: 2D; printmaking and etching Portfolio work from this year, 'From Darwin's Burden' exhibited in print, 'The Mays Anthology 23', 2015. www.instagram.com/themaysanthology
From first year exams, award of £200 a term for the rest of my time at university.