Kanon Suzuki Hewitt

Region: Vancouver BC
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Kanon Suzuki Hewitt is a hafu Japanese/American who grew up in Tokyo, and currently lives, studies, and works in Canada.

She began ballet at age four, which quickly blossomed into a love of dance, theatre, and other performing arts. Since age 12, Kanon has performed as a professional actor and dancer, and stage managed, assistant directed, and designed for numerous productions in Japan and North America.

Kanon made her debut as playwright in 2016 with Umizoko for the Generation Hot performance series in the Vancouver Fringe Festival. She is currently playwriting a new production for the Virago Play Series with dramaturge Manami Hara. Kanon is also expanding her craft to include sound design and projection design under the tutelage of Milton Lim of Hong Kong Exile.

Kanon has trained in Togakure-style Bujinkan Ninjutsu martial arts (戸隠流忍術、武神館) since age 14, and currently holds a 2nd-dan black belt. She also trains in boxing and kickboxing/Muay Thai.

Artist Statement

Kanon is a Vancouver-based stage manager, designer, playwright, and performer. She is currently an undergraduate student in the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of British Columbia, and a member of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival Youth Academy in 2015 and 2017. Kanon has created and performed for various international stages including the Vancouver Fringe Festival (Vancouver), MTV Japan (Tokyo), Benesse (Tokyo), Issey Miyake (Tokyo), Tokyo International Players (Tokyo), and Ken Dance Company (Los Angeles). She was signed with Itoh Company (Tokyo) from 2009 - 2013. Kanon has had the privilege of performing alongside Flo-Bert Award and Bessie Award-winning tap dancer Kazunori Kumagai​. Kanon's interdisciplinary creative generation explores mixed-race identity both in and out of Japan, Japanese diaspora in the West, the model minority myth and fetishization's contributions to violence against East Asian bodies, and queer identities intersecting with cultural values. She creates sensorially engaging and immersive new media, and currently studies Isadora​ software.
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