Kagaya Sanae is a butoh dancer, member of Tomeo Shizune & Hakutobo and disciple of Tomoe Shizune. She is a Grand Master of classical Japanese dance, and a graduate of the Tokyo University of the Arts. She performed in the shows of Tomoe Shizune & Hakutobo while still at university. She has participated, as a performer in group and solo pieces, in many international theatre and dance festivals, including the Adelaide Festival, the Edinburgh International Festival, South-East Asia Tour supported by Japan Foundation, and Biennale Musiques en Scene. Kagaya has performed a solo butoh piece, Kanzan directed by Tomoe (premiered at the Samuel Beckett Theatre as part of the Dublin International Theatre Symposium in 1999). She has also taken part in a number of collaborative performances with artists in different genres, both in Japan and internationally.