Shinichi Iova-Koga is the Artistic Director of the Physical Theater and Dance company called inkBoat. The company has won five Izzie awards and toured in Europe, Asia and the USA. Long-term collaborations with Anna Halprin (Postmodern Dance), Ko Murobushi (Butoh Dance), Yuko Kaseki (Butoh Dance) Ann Carlson (Contemporary Dance) and Yumiko Yoshioka (Butoh Dance) as well as mentorships with Ralph Lemon (Contemporary Dance) and Ruth Zaporah (Action Theater) have shaped his perceptions and aesthetic.
Shinichi has existed and trained primarily within the contexts of Butoh Dance, Daoist Internal Arts, Action Theater (improvisation training), Aikido and Noh Theater. These perspectives formed his approaches to body mobility and circulation, awareness of weight, breath, physical connectivity, feeling states and relationship to the environment. He is certified to teach Qi Gong by Lotus Nei Gong and he runs the Swiss branch of Wudang West.
He teaches both independent workshops and within University dance programmes, most notably at Mills College in California from 2009-2017. In addition, he is the editor of the book 95 Rituals, a tribute to Anna Halprin, and a contributing writer to The Routledge Companion to Butoh Performance.