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Misha Downey was born in Leicester in England. He trained at the London Contemporary Dance School from 1989 to 1992. Afterwards he co-founded the Bedlam Dance Company, which was led by the choreographer Yael Flexer. He worked with the Adventures in Motion Pictures (AMP) dance company on The Nutcracker and danced for the Harlemations Dance Company led by the choreographer Bunty Mathias. In January 1994 he joined Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Rosas dance company, where he took part in the creation of Kinok and Amor constante más allá de la muerte, as well as being involved in the revival of Toccata. Before he joined Needcompany, he also danced Swan Lake (1996) for the choreographer Matthew Bourne. In 2000 Downey co-founded the Belgian company Amgod for which he created and performed in What Do You Want? (2001), Second Album (2003) and As Simple As That (2005). In 2005 he danced in Flesh and Blood by Lea Anderson’s Cholmondeleys in the UK. He also worked in Switzerland for the Gisela Rocha Company.
Kosi Hidama was born in Japan in 1968 and started working as a professional dancer since 1986. In 1993 he came to Brussels where he worked with choreographers such as Michele Anne De Mey, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Grace Ellen Barkey and Jan Lauwers. From 2000 until 2004 he was co-founder, choreographer and dancer of the dance-company Amgod. After 4 successful productions, Kosi exchanged Amgod for a study in Editorial Engineering.
Since 2009 Kosi Hidama has been working as an independent choreographer. In 2010 he created Under the Edge of the World, a solo choreography that activates the installation with the similar title by Anish Kapoor in the Axel Vervoordt Foundation in Antwerp. One year later he premiered with Inner Ocean, an existential choreography amidst a shifting space evoked by a video installation. Both presented as a solo and a duet, Inner Ocean has been transformed into a live video installation during 2013.
That same year he started to study traditional Japanese ceramics and the culture of tea ceremonies. Since then he is creating a unique style of ceramics in collaboration with Axel Vervoordt, where cultural heritage and personal innovation blend into objects that embody a sensual philosophy. Through tea-ceremonies in various settings, Kosi experiments with both the live dimension of the tea ritual as its obect based character, bridging performing arts, visual arts, design and antropology. In his current research trajectory within workspacebrussels he investigates new ways to share this ancient tradition of tea ceremonies in a contemporary urban context. He developed a mobile tea-station and created interior gardens in various exhibition contexts.