Aya Kobayashi, Dancer & Choreographer 

Aya is a Glasgow-based dance artist originally from Japan, working in the field of performance and movement exploration. She teaches, performs and creates her own work with both professionals and communities. She practices improvisational performances and is a member of Collective Endeavours. Aya works extensively with inclusive and intergenerational groups, recently she joined Barrowland Ballet as an Associate Artist and leading their intergenerational company Wolf Pack. She directed a large scale community dance in Ofunato, one of the tsunami disaster area of North Japan as part of Sanriku International Arts Festival in 2015/16. Aya’s work has been presented in Tate Gallery, The Place, Royal Festival Hall, Northern Ballet, Paralympics 2012 torch relay ceremony, Cairo, Madrid, Tokyo and Queretaro in Mexico.