Born in 1992, Reisa Shimojima, a native of Kagoshima Prefecture, began studying dance at the age of seven, with focus on Yosakoi dance, which is performed at festivals. She studied contemporary dance under Kuniko Kisanuki at J. F. Oberlin University.
She formed the dance company KEDAGORO in 2013, being the leader, choreographer and dancer. Based on the company’s idea that “Dance is a way to interpret this world”, they have been working both in Japan and overseas, aiming to present controversial works across international borders.
Signature works include Monkey in a Diaper (2017), Sky (2018), Because Kazcause (2021), Shut Up, Womb (2021, commissioned by the Korea National Contemporary Dance Company). She has been supported by The Saison Foundation since 2022.