Mitsuyo Uesugi has been a student of classical ballet since she was a child.
As a young woman she moved to Tokyo to join the Tani Momoko ballet company. In 1973 she met Kazuo Ohno, and went on to work as his assistant until 1985. She launched her solo Buto career in 1975.
In the late 1980s Mitsuyo Uesugi joined French contemporary dance troupe Studio DM, before returning to Japan in 1990.
Over the past decade she has produced a series of works inspired by the secret rituals of Buto Madame Mélancolie / Mademoiselle Mélancolie / Bébé Mélancolie - Rêve de six nuits, with the latter receiving an award from the Japanese Dance Critics’ Guild in 2009.
In 2015 she presented her latest solo show A Story Of Lady in Germany and Croatia at the Kazuo Ohno festival.
Mitsuyo Uesugi currently teaches in the Art Department of Meiji Gakuin University, leading classes on her own method of Buto improvisation. She also holds regular workshops at France’s Centre National de Chorégraphie.