upcoming grant deadline: 05/15/2019

upcoming grant deadline: 05/15/2019

Roko Kawai

(1) by T. Moriki

Roko is a dancer/choreographer who often works in collaboration with other artists. A Japanese-American immigrant, she has lived in Philadelphia for over twenty years. Roko is a classical dance trainee, a contemporary artist, and a survivor whose work explores her personal body politics and specific life history. Her life and work have been touched by domestic violence and loss. By working through this complex lens, she hopes her experience and her art will give courage and clarity to others. She has created, performed, and toured many works, both independently and in collaboration with local and international artists. Her work has been presented in a range of venues, including an adult literacy center and a women's prison. Daughter Tongue, her solo show which premiered in 1994, is about growing up as an immigrant child, struggling to learn both Japanese and English in the face of racism during the 1970s, and the pressure she received from her well-meaning but demeaning parents. Since 2000, Roko has been training primarily in Japanese classical dance in an effort to understand her relationship to Japanese culture and traditions. Through organizing educational and performance workshops, Roko seeks to help her audiences understand her experimental work as it relates to Japanese classical dance. In addition, Roko has worked as a teaching artist in a diverse range of schools and organizations. She takes special pleasure in mentoring immigrant and Asian American artists who may not receive recognition for their work within their families.


Leeway grant?

Leeway Transformation Award

The Transformation Award provides unrestricted annual awards of $15,000 to women and trans* artists and cultural producers living in greater Philadelphia who create art for social change and have done so for the past five years or more, demonstrating a long-term commitment to social change work. [read more]

deadline 05/15
Upcoming events
03/2712:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Understanding Taxes for Artists

Leeway is partnering with CultureWorks Greater Philadelphia and Vision Driven Artists for three sessions designed to help artists understand tax season!

[learn more]

03/276:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Infosession at Taller Puertorriqueño

Learn more about our grant programs and application process at this information session!

[learn more]