A native of Japan, Oguri is an internationally acclaimed dancer who has been described as a master at redirecting the way one sees and encounters the physical environment, his choreography emphasizing the unpredictable. A resident of Southern California since 1990, Oguri teaches and performs worldwide, including site-specific work in nature and urban landscapes – plazas, architectures, and streets – as an improviser and with musicians. He develops multi-media productions using literature, daily life imagery and simple materials to transform space and time with dance.
An artist-in-residence at the Electric Lodge in Venice CA, he conducts Body Weather Laboratory in Los Angeles, a forum for investigating the body and dance (founded by Min Tanaka in Japan, 1978), along with Roxanne Steinberg. Oguri has received support from the California Arts Council, The Annenberg Foundation, the New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project, the Rockefeller Foundation, The Center for Cultural Innovation, The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, The Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Arts Partners Program, The Getty Center, and the Irvine Fellowship which supported his 5-year project, Height of Sky, a dance exploration of the California deserts that inspired the documentary, Height of Sky, by director Morleigh Steinberg.
The production of his evening length work “Caddy! Caddy! Caddy!, William Faulkner Dance Project” was made possible by the Irvine ‘Dance: Creation to Performance’ grant and later toured with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.