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Eseohe Arhebamen also known as Edoheart (born Obehioye Eseohe Ikhianose Oghomwenyenmwen Cleopatra Anne Arhebamen) is a poet, dancer, singer, performance artist and visual artist. Eseohe was born in Zaria, Nigeria on April 9, 1981 and is descended from a royal family of the Benin Empire. Eseohe Arhebamen’s great-grandfather Osazuwa Eredia was the Oba N’Ugu and enogie of Umoghumwun, making her a royal descendant and princess. “The foundation of the kingdom of Ugu, with its capital at Umoghumwun has been traced to Prince Idu, the eldest son of Oba Eweka I.

Early life

Eseohe Arhebamen is the oldest of five siblings and frequently played a parental role in their upbringing. At the age of seven Eseohe's family immigrated to the United States and settled in Detroit, Michigan. At age 17 she enrolled in the University of Michigan at the Residential College. Although strongly encouraged to pursue medicine as a career path, Eseohe instead followed her passion for poetry, language and the arts. As an undergraduate student Eseohe focused on literary means and performance as a way to affect social change. While at the University of Michigan, Eseohe won prestigious awards for her writing and is included in a University of Michigan Anthology of Hopwood Award winners.





At 19 years old, Eseohe earned a position as Writer-in-Residence with InsideOut Literary Arts Project in Detroit, Michigan and worked with children in impoverished inner-city schools to expand their literary skills. After moving to New York in 2003, Eseohe founded the company EdoHeart also written as Edoheart which became her performance name. Eseohe Arhebamen is synonymous with Edoheart.

Eseohe received her BA from the University of Michigan in Creative Writing and Literature in August, 2005, and went on to receive another BA in Studio Art with a minor in English from Hunter College. Eseohe also studied Butoh dance with Yukio Waguri.

Areas of interest in Eseohe Arhebamen’s experimental work are imaginative creation of alternate environments, and poetry and vocal expressions as a source for movement.[16] She has choreographed and taught or led workshops involving these areas of interest at The Living Theatre and Columbia University’s Teacher’s College. Eseohe Arhebamen has appeared on Korean television and news, and in American, Estonian and Latvian newspapers.

Butoh Vocal-Theatre Invention

Eseohe Arhebamen is the first performer to combine Japanese Butoh dance with singing, talking and experimental vocalizations. She refers to this dance style as Butoh-Vocal Theatre. Eseohe Arhebamen's Butoh-Vocal Theatre style arises out of her work in poetry, music and the traditional Edo theater in which performers dance and sing simultaneously and is influenced by her expressed belief in a common lingual history between the Edo people of Nigeria and the Japanese. On September 26, 2010 Eseohe gave a performance at a Yukio Waguri intensive workshop demonstrating her style of Butoh-Vocal Theatre during which she danced butoh while singing Pure Imagination from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

Eseohe’s notable performance during the Fifth Diverse Universe tour was described by Kaarel Kressa as embodying natural elegance and femininity; with poetry, dance and song that won the hearts of the audience. Eseohe's performances have also been called "powerful ritual".


In 2006, Eseohe married long time sweetheart Seth Yamasaki, son of Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Taro Yamasaki, and grandson of Minoru Yamasaki, Japanese-American architect best known for designing the World Trade Center. The two live in Brooklyn, New York.

Poetry books

2010 Jesus of All Niggers, Poems 1998-2009 (Laughing Mouse Press)

2003 Seeding the Clouds (Ornithology Press)


2010 Shchedryk Avant Remix (Clinical Archives)

2010 Monsoon in Ibadan (Clinical Archives)

2010 Wa Domo Edo (Edoheart)

2009 The Hunger Artist (Eseohe)

Film and video

2009 Excerpt of Fire Butoh 3 for the Low Lives Exhibition

2009 Blue Butterfly Butoh

2009 The Cement Factory

2009 #18 / Number 18

2009 eAir Butoh Sketch

2008 Fire Butoh 3 Visuals

2008 Fire Butoh 3

2008 Fire Butoh 2

2008 Es Su Casa

2007 Fire Butoh 1

2007 The N Word

Anthologies and catalogues

2009 Diverse Universe Festival 2005-2009, Academia Gustaviana Selts Mty

2009 Low Lives, Jorge Rojas

2009 Kunsti Aastaraamat, Parnu Linnavalitsuse kultuuriosakond (Cultural Department of Parnu City Government), Printon Printing House

2009 세계 ì‹¤í—˜ì˜ˆìˆ ì˜ ë©”ì¹´, í™ëŒ€ ì• - ì¸í„°ë„·ì„œì  ì¸í„°íŒŒí¬ë„ì„œ

2006 The Hopwood Awards: 75 Years of Prized Writing, University of Michigan Press

2006 The New Spend Less Revolution, Harriman House


2006 Poet of the Day, Poets Against the War

2002 Environmental Justice Initiative First Place Award, University of Michigan

2002 College Unions Poetry Slam National Champion First Place, Ohio Invitational

2000 Writer-in-Residence, InsideOut Literary/Arts Project

2000 Arthur Miller Award (Fiction)

2000 Jeffrey L. Weisberg Memorial Prize in Poetry

2000 Hopwood Minor Poetry Award

2000 Hopwood Underclassmen Fiction Award

1998 Residential College Fellowship, University of Michigan - Autobiography of Edoheart




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