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The Saison Foundation
1-16-1 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
104-0061, Japan
Tel: +81 3 (3535) 5566
Fax: +81 3 (3535) 5565
http://www.saison.or.jp/index_e.html
Morishita Studio
3-5-6 Morishita, Koto-ku, Tokyo
135-0004, Japan
Tel: +81 3 (5624) 5951
Fax: +81 3 (5624) 5950
morishita-studio@saison.or.jp
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The Saison Foundation  
 
The Saison Foundation is a private-sector support foundation established in 1987 and dedicated to contributing to the advancement of the arts primarily in the fields of contemporary Japanese theater and dance, and to promoting cultural exchange between Japan and other nations. Through its unique artist support programs, the foundation awards grants and provides performing artists with studio spaces. At the same time it engages in independently planned projects and collaborative projects with other groups (Saison Theater Program) to present theater and dance performances by invited groups and organize seminars, workshops and symposiums, as well as publishing a newsletter. The Foundation also operates its Morishita Studio as a specialized theater and dance studio facility. As another form of artist support, this Morishita facility also hosts workshops, seminars symposiums, open rehearsals and showings for its supported artists as needs require. In this way, the foundation is especially well known for its efforts to nurture young artists.

Grant programs of The Saison Foundation

National Grant Programs
1. Creative Environment Improvement Program

This program aims to support the improvement of the environment that supports creative activities through workshops, seminars, symposiums, surveys and research, improving the theater and dance systems, nurturing human resources and exchange of information. It gives grants to support individuals wishing to study or train in the field of arts management and support for professionals including directors, choreographers, stage technicians, critics and producers wishing to take sabbaticals or study/travel abroad.
2. Artistic Creativity Enhancement Grant Programs
This program aims to support the nurturing of promising young artists and groups in the fields of theater arts and dance. Particular support is given to groups or individuals who are planning activities that involve exchanges with other cultures.

International Grant Programs
1. Intellectual Exchange Program

This program supports projects that will contribute to increasing the awareness of contemporary Japanese theater and dance in the international community through conferences, symposiums, publications in translation (from Japanese to other languages) and translation of plays with the aim of mounting productions in the future.
2. Artistic Exchange Programs
This program supports international collaborative work or performances in the fields of theater or dance with the aim of stimulating creative activities through cultural exchange or making the Japanese performing arts more international.
Most of the support is allotted through application for one-year grants, but there is also a support program for grants for international collaborative projects in theater or dance over longer terms of two years or more when it is determined that there is significant reason for a longer term.
The following is a list of grant recipients (groups and individuals) for 2004, the grant periods and amounts (annual).

2004 Grant Recipients:
-Artistic Creativity Enhancement Programs


BATIK, dance:
a three-year grant award starting from 2004. Tokyo based dance company led by choreographer and dancer Ikuyo Kuroda. This year's grant of ¥3,000,000 is made for their first year, from April 2004 to March 2005.
http://my-bb.com/batik/

Uzume Theater, theater:
a three-year grant award starting from 2003. The theater company based in the city of Kitakyushu led by German director Peter Goessner. This year's grant of ¥3,000,000 is made for their second year, from April 2004 to March 2005.
http://www5d.biglobe.ne.jp/~uzume/

Strange Kinoko Dance Company, dance:
a three-year grant starting from 2003. Tokyo based dance company led by choreographer and dancer Chie Ito. This year's grant of ¥3,000,000 is made for their second year, from April 2004 to March 2005.
http://www.strangekinoko.com

Nibroll, dance:
a three-year grant starting from 2002. Tokyo based dance company led by choreographer Mikuni Yanaihara. This year's grant of ¥3,000,000 is made for their third and final year, from April 2004 to March 2005.
http://www.nibroll.com/

Yubiwa Hotel, theater:
second term of a three-year grant starting from 2004 following their first term (ACE Program I: 2001-2003). Tokyo based theater company led by playwright/director Shirotama Hitsujiya. This year's grant of ¥3,000,000 is made for the first year of their second term, from April 2004 to March 2005.
http://www.yubiwahotel.com/

Leni-Basso, dance:
second term of a three-year grant starting from 2004 following their first term (ACE Program I: 2000-2002). Tokyo based dance company led by producer and executive director Ryuichi Fuse with choreographer/dancer Akiko Kitamura as artistic director. This year's grant of ¥3,000,000 is made for the first year of their second term, from April 2004 to March 2005.
http://www.leni-basso.com/

Touen-kai, theater:
second term of a three-year grant starting from 2003 following their first term (ACE Program I: 2000-2002). Osaka based theater company led by playwright/director Shigefumi Fukatsu. This year's grant of ¥3,000,000 is made for the second year of their second term, from April 2004 to March 2005.
http://www.geocities.co.jp/Hollywood/5931/ index.html

Dance Theatre LUDENS, dance:
second term of a three-year grant starting from 2003 following their first term (ACE Program I: 2000-2002). The dance company based in Tokyo led by choreographer/dancer Takiko Iwabuchi. This year's grant of ¥3,000,000 is made for the second year of their second term, from April 2004 to March 2005.
http://ludens.tripod.co.jp/

Idevian Crew, dance:
second term of a three-year grant starting from 2003 following their first term (ACE Program I: 1998-2000). Tokyo based dance company led by choreographer Shigehiro Ide. This year's grant of ¥3,000,000 is made for the second year of their second term, from April 2004 to March 2005.
http://www.idevian.com/

MONO, theater:
second term of a three-year grant starting from 2002 following their first term (ACE Program I: 1999-2001). Kyoto based theater company led by playwright/director/actor Hideo Tsuchida. This year's grant of ¥3,000,000 is made for the third and final year of their second term, from April 2004 to March 2005

-Creative Exchange Grant Recipients
(international tours by Japanese artists/companies)


Condors, dance:
to support the rehearsals by the Tokyo-based dance company in prior to their tour of Montreal and Portland in November 2004.

Ku Na'uka Theatre Company, theater:
to support the rehearsals by the Tokyo-based theater company in prior to their tour to Greece for the Theater Olympiad in June to July 2004.

Tanno Ken'ichi/Numbering Machine, performance:
to support the rehearsals by the performance artist in prior to his tour of Bangkok, Vienna, Kaunas, Szczecin, Berlin, Bern, and Canterbury between October and December 2004.

(tours by visiting artists/companies)

Nippon International Performance Art Festival (NIPAF) Executive Committee: to support the tour organized in Japan by NIPAF, including performances and conferences by artists and specialists from Asia from July to August 2004.


-Creative Exchange Grant Program - For Long-Term Projects

Gekidan Kaitaisha, theater:
a three-year grant starting from 2004 to support an international collaboration project by the Tokyo-based theater company (artistic director: Shinjin Shimizu) entitled Dream Regime, for activities that took place between April and September 2004. (Amount of grant: ¥3,000,000)

Dance Resources on Earth, dance:
a three-year grant starting from 2004 to support an international collaboration project by the Yamanashi-based dance company (artistic director: Min Tanaka) entitled In Search of Subtle Presence, for activities that will take place between July and September 2004. (¥3,000,000)

-Artistic Exchange Project Grant Program

Asian Cultural Council (ACC), New York:
to support the Japan-United States Arts Program, the ACC's fellowship awards to Japanese artists, scholars, and specialists pursuing research, study, and creative work in the U.S., from January to December 2005. (Amount of grant: ¥7,000,000)

Japan Society, Inc., New York:
to support the second phase of Japanese Theater Now, the Japan Society's program to introduce contemporary Japanese plays, playwrights, directors, and theater companies to American audiences. This year the Society presented Yaneura (Attic) by the Tokyo-based theater company Rinkogun (artistic director: Yoji Sakate) in February 2005 (¥3,000,000)
 
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