Naoko Tanaka studied painting and the visual arts at the Tokyo University of the Arts and came to Germany in 1999 on a scholarship from the Academy of the Arts Düsseldorf. Since then, she has been developing a distinct artistic language of her own and a creative form in which choreography and visual art are tightly intertwined. In 2010, she was invited to the GERMAN DANCE PLATFORM with “The Corner” as part of the artist collective “Ludica”. In 2011, Tanaka produced her first solo piece “Die Scheinwerferin”, for which she herself developed the concept, spatial design, sound concept and performance. Amongst other awards, Tanaka has received the Prix Jardin d’Europe in 2012, as well as the ZKB Recognition Prize that same year at the Zürcher Theaterspektakel. After “Absolute Helligkeit”, she will premiere the third part of her series of solo installation performances in autumn 2014.