Lisa Pijuan-Nomura is a multidisciplinary artist and creativity coach. She has performed theatre, dance, comedy, song and puppetry in Canada, Czech Republic, Austria, Mexico, and Ireland for the past 28 years. She is currently focused on combining storytelling, dance, sound and visual art to create dynamic performance pieces. The recipient of many grants and scholarships, in 2014 she was awarded Hamilton Arts Award for Performance for her work in storytelling.
“Pijuan is a talented, even outrageous dance theatre artist”
~ Toronto Life
As a graduate of the School of Physical Theatre, Lisa has a unique style of combining storytelling, movement, music and visual art in both choreographed and improvised pieces. Her show Small Sweet and Quiet combines stories of a woman searching for home intertwined with histories of women in Hamilton’s history. It was part of the 2014 Studio series at Theatre Aquarius. Her one woman shows Stories My Body Told Me and She Said Saffron were performed at Hamilton Fringe Festival, Fida, Harbourfront Ritmo Y Colour Festival, Montreal Fringe Festival, Toronto Storytelling Festival, Uno Festival, RESIDANCE, and RED:A Night of Live Performance. She is currently working on a new show entitled Driven which she hopes to premier in 2017.
Dance Critic Paula Citron of Classical 96.3 Radio writes “Light on her feet and expressive of voice, Pijuan is absolutely captivating.”
Lisa has always been interested in organizing creative collaborations between artists and audiences and finds that the most successful way to do this by organizing dynamic performance events. Well known for the a diverse style of curating she has produced the highly successful event, RED:A Night of Live Performance held bi-monthly at the beautiful Lula Lounge, The RED Festival, Festival of Oral Literatures – FOOL with co-founder Dan Yashinsky and most recently Speak! Storytelling at the Staircase monthly storytelling series in Hamilton. In December of 2017 she will is exciting to be a part of The Hamilton 7, a monthly storytelling night featuring 8 of the cities finest tellers.
For the past ten years Lisa has a visual art practice where she focuses on mixed media collage work combining vintage ephemera, textiles, hand written letters and photos from long ago. Her work has been seen at Hundred Dollar Gallery, DeFacto Gallery, James North Studio, The Cannon Gallery, One of A Kind Show, Queen West Arts Crawl, Crafternoon Tea, City of Craft, Cabbagetown Arts and Craft Show, Handmade Market and her own show Movies and Makers at the Fox Theatre in the Beach neighbourhood of Toronto. Since moving to Hamilton she has been part of the vibrant art and craft scene, curating Handmade Hamilton at James North Studio and at The Staircase Theatre.
Since 2006 Lisa has helped other artists when times were tough. It seemed to be a natural extensions of her work as an artist and curator. Lisa has studied with many great creative minds including author and creativity expert Eric Maisel, Art Therapist Jacqueline Gautier, dancer Lisa Nelson, singer Ysaye Barnwell, musician Babatunde Olatunji, storyteller Judith Black and many others! Lisa has taught at Rio Caliente Wellness Spa, Wild Women Expeditions and as an Artist in Education in the Toronto School Board. She has been fortunate to work as the Lead Facilitatory for Crossing Gibraltar; Workshop Leader for Welcome to Motherland; The Good Mother Project and as the Program Coordinator for The Nook Literacy program that used both performance and visual arts to promote literacy to inner city youth. With over 15 years of working as a performance artist, writer and educator, Lisa is especially passionate about bring art, humour and creativity to lives of women, youth and children.