Spring Nikkei Artist Mixer – March 28th, 6pm – 9pm Russian Hall (600 Campbell Avenue, Vancouver) Free event

 COVID-19 update

As the situation around the Coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves rapidly, we want to acknowledge the health and well-being of our communities, audiences, artists, volunteers and staff is of the highest priority.

In order to contribute to public health efforts, and to quickly and effectively comply with recommendations from Health Canada and BC Health, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this event until further notice. We thank you for your understanding and patience. We look forward to bringing this event to you in the future. Please stay tuned for updates.

Are you a Japanese Canadian artist or associated with Nikkei arts and culture? Study a Japanese art form? Curious about Japanese culture? Want to get involved in the Japanese Canadian/Nikkei community? If you said yes to any of the above, then we invite you to the Nikkei Artist Mixer produced, curated, and hosted by June Fukumura. The mixer will feature three up and coming Japanese Canadian artists: Erika Mitsuhashi, Shion Carter, and Tomoyo Yamada who will present artist talks about their practice. Whether you identify as JC/Nikkei or not this is an inclusive opportunity to celebrate JC/Nikkei culture and mingle with some amazing artists and community members! Snacks and light refreshments will be provided. Please arrive at 6pm to enjoy the full experience. FREE.


Featured artists at the Spring Nikkei Artist Mixer:

Shion Skye Carter is a performing artist originally from Tajimi, Japan, and based in Vancouver, Canada on the unceded ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. She holds a BFA degree in Dance and Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University. As a performer, she has interpreted the works of artists such as Vanessa Goodman/Action at a Distance, plastic orchid factory, and Yossi Berg & Oded Graf Dance Theatre (Israel). Shion’s own choreographic projects are influenced by her personal ethnographic history, and merge her interests in other creative disciplines with physical performance. Her work has been presented in Vancouver and Halifax, and her new solo project Residuals
(住み・墨) will premiere in Montreal in October 2020, presented by
Tangente Danse. As co-founder of olive theory, an interdisciplinary duo with musician Stefan Nazarevich, she collaborates to experiment at the intersection between embodied performance, installation art and live sound.







Tomoyo Yamada is an interdisciplinary artist focusing in dance and choreography. Born in Japan and educated in the United States, she has spent most of her life traveling between North America and Japan, negotiating distinct cultural identities. Her practice is influenced by her ongoing research into identity politics and her self-reflexive interrogation of transnational cultural difference.
Upon receiving her bachelor’s in Health and Sports Science in 2016, she has been presenting works both in North America and Japan, including Dancing on the Edge Festival, Vines Art Festival, Open Stage, REVERBdance Festival (USA) and All Japan Dance Festival (Japan). Her works include “Emergency (2012)”, “Femme Façade (2014)”, “shimai (2016)” and “yane ura (2018)”, all performed/recreated multiple times in various places.
Currently she is finishing up her MFA degree at the School of Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada) in interdisciplinary art.





Erika Mitsuhashi is a dance artist based based in Vancouver, the unceded territories of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ) and Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) Nations. She holds a BFA in dance from SFU School for the Contemporary Arts. She has had the pleasure of interpreting the work of dance artists including Justine A. Chambers, Ziyian Kwan (Dumb Instrument Dance), Sasha Kleinplatz (Wants&Needs), Rob Kitsos, Vanessa Goodman (Action at a Distance) and Judith Garay (Dancers Dancing). As an emerging choreographer, her work investigates the embodiment of concepts such as the
“not quite”, associative psychology, personal histories, DIY performance tactics and materials. Erika’s work and collaborative projects have been presented locally and internationally by PAUL Studios Berlin, Toronto Love-In’s PS:We are All Here series, Surrey
Art Gallery’s InFlux, Kinetic Studio’s Open Studio Series, New Works’s 2018/19 Season Launch and La Serre’s OFFTA festival of live art. She has ongoing collaborations with fellow dance artists Alexa Mardon (Mardon + Mitsuhashi), Francesca Frewer and is co-artistic director of Farouche collective.