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Updated: Nov. 10, 2022

The full program of Yokohama Dance Collection 2022 (Dec. 1 – 17, 2022) has been an-nounced along with Competition finalists

This year, the Yokohama Dance Collection is being held for the 28th time. This time, the festival and the Competitions will be held from December 1st to 17th. In addition, the schedule will include per-formances by the Competition winners from recent years, presentations of new works by internation-ally active choreographers, a program of tie-ups with overseas festivals, and more.

This year’s theme is “Beyond the Body’s Limits – Dance and Technology.” Invited from overseas this time are the Italian multidisciplinary art studio “fuse*” that searches for new forms of art employ-ing digital technology. Appearing in Japan for the first time, fuse* will present their performance works “Dökk” and “Ljós.” Also, appearing with a new work will be choreographer Hiroaki Umeda, who is conducting research, working on new creations and activities for the promotion of dance in a 2-year residence at the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No. 1 beginning from April 2022.

In the Dance Cross program presenting the results of former Competition I winners who have worked in residence in France, Osamu Shikichi working jointly in research with French-based artist Lee Sehyoung will present a duo work performed by two guest performers. Leader of the dance com-pany TABATHA, Yu Okamoto, will also present a solo dance work. As winners of the Outstanding New Artist Prize at last year’s Competition II (for artists under 25), Kanae Asakawa, will present a new work, and Jenna Jalonen will present the Japan premiere of a duet produced in partnership with Aerowaves and Kinosaki International Arts Center.

For this year’s Competitions there were a total of 121 applications by groups and individuals from 14 countries, and after initial selections based on videos and written applications, 18 applicants (groups) have been chosen as finalists (Competition I: 8 applicants; Competition II: 10 applicants) to compete with performances.

Yokohama Dance Collection 2022
https://yokohama-dance-collection.jp/en/

“Creative Well-being Tokyo” International Conference on Open Access to Culture is held in Tokyo (June 28 – July 7, 2022)

An international conference sponsored by the Municipality of Tokyo and the Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture and aimed at realizing an inclusive social environment based in arts and culture is to be held under the name “Creative Well-being Tokyo” International Conference on Open Access to Culture. This conference will introduce programs and movements from Japan and the international scene aimed at promoting an inclusive social environment and people’s wellbeing through the arts and culture, while also attempting to encourage exchanges and promoting tie-ups be-tween organizations. The conference will consist of four program components, the international con-ference, showcases, short intensive working camps and networking opportunities.

The organizing committee members include six professionals from Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, and Taiwan, and the conference program focuses on the five themes of well-being, diversity, inclusive de-sign, accessibility and building connections and places of. As the central program, the international conference is scheduled to include a keynote lectures, the main conference and subcommittee meet-ings, for a total of 12 sessions, with one of the keynote lectures to be presented by Justine Simons OBE, Deputy Mayor for Culture & Creative Industries, London.

The conference is currently accepting applications for advance conference reservations on its website.

“Creative Well-being Tokyo” International Conference on Open Access to
https://creativewell.rekibun.or.jp/en/conference/

Winners announced for the 66th (2022) Kishida Drama Award

The final judging of the 66th Kishida Drama Awards took place on February 28th and two awards were given to Riho FUKUNA’s Yawarakaku Yureru (Gently Sway-ing) and Suguru YAMAMOTO’s Banana no hana wa taberareru (You Can Eat Banana Flowers).

Riho Fukuna was born in 1991 in Hiroshima Prefecture. Belonging to the drama school Murinkan’s directing department at Komaba Agora Theater, she established “paprika” in 2014 of which she is the leader, playwright and director. Her selected piece this time depicts the Ogawa family residing in rural Hiroshima, and it premiered as pap-rika’s fifth production in November of 2021. Jury member Ryo Iwamatsu commented: “The idle lives and ensuing abrupt deaths of members of a provincial urban family are captured through sparing dialogue: a masterpiece.”

Suguru Yamamoto was born in Yama-nashi Prefecture in 1987. A graduate of J. F. Oberlin University, Yamamoto is a play-wright, director and actor, and the leader of the theater troupe HANCHU-YUEI. Under the constraints of the COVID pandemic, his Banana no hana tetralogy was pre-released in 2020 as an online production, after which they premiered as stage pro-ductions from March 2021 recorded by six cameras for subsequent distribution online as a video work. The plot revolves around a user of dating service apps and a man pos-ing as a woman to lure in customers to stores, who befriend each other and set out to open a private detective business. Jury member Keralino Sandorovich commented: “The camaraderie between the “outlaws,” described uniquely as they were, brought me to tears, and I was enthralled by the vigor of the dialogue, which pours out ceaselessly in a continuing flow.”

Finalists (in Japanese alphabetical order)
Michinari OZAWA, Orleans no kyodai (Literally: The Brother and Sister from Orleans) (stage script)
Izumi KASAGI, Sea of Moscow (stage script)
Shigeaki KATO, Dye, Color (stage script)
Misaki SETOYAMA, Even If There Are People Who Laugh at Her (January 2022 issue, Higeki-Kigeki)
Masashi NUKATA, Bonyari Blues (Literally: Forlorn Blues) (November 2021 issue, Higeki-Kigeki)
Sho HASUMI, Ryokan janaindakara sa (Literally: This is Not A Ryokan) (stage script)
Pink Chiteijin No. 3, Kashi 1832 (Literally: Fahrenheit 1832) (stage script)
Riho FUKUNA, Yawarakaku Yureru (Literally: Gently Swaying)
Suguru YAMAMOTO, Banana no hana wa taberareru (You Can Eat Banana Flowers)

Jury (in Japanese alphabetical order)
Ryo IWAMATSU
Toshiki OKADA
Keralino Sandorovich
Hideki NODA
Mikuni YANAIHARA

Kishida Drama Award
http://www.hakusuisha.co.jp/kishida/