Photography by Dana Golan
Akira Uchida is a dancer, choreographer, creative director and teacher originally from Ottawa, Canada, and now based in NYC.
Growing up with both parents as fitness instructors throughout the peak of the early 90s, the aerobics craze undeniably left a mark on my love for high energy dance music. I tend to incorporate groove into my movement, as to me, it represents a universal language of dance - accessible to all.
With movement being the main medium of expression for my work, I like to actively explore how it can intersect with other creative mediums such as film, animation, fashion and photography. I also like to honor the middle space; the space between two opposing ideas, or even the space of convergence between many different ideas. This middle space helps me explore the tension in queer experience, mixed-race identity, masculinity and femininity, and broader questions about time and evolution.
I love taking a creative impulse and actualizing it into a complete work. I feel invigorated by the creative process, stretching my capabilities and making new discoveries. I love to find the beauty amongst chaos, working with different artists across all genres, seeing how our worlds can collide and what new discoveries emerge.
My work has most recently been present on FACT MAG and Nowness - working with artists such as HAAi, Tom Furse, Leon Vynehall and the Clyfford Still Museum in Denver.
Outside of my time working on projects in NYC, I’m a board member at Share The Movement, a non-profit dedicated to uplifting and providing opportunity to young BIPOC dancers.