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Yokohama Dance Collection R (Dec. 16, 2005-Feb. 19, 2006) Competition Winners Chosen
 The Yokohama Dance Collection R is a comprehensive dance festival started in 1996 by the city of Yokohama with the aim of discovering and nurturing young artists and choreographers. One of the highlights of the festival’s program is the “Solo x Duo ‹Compétition›+,” for which this year’s winners have recently been decided. This competition has become an important springboard to success for talented and original dancers and choreographers not only from Japan but also other Asian countries. For the 2006 competition there were 84 applicants, among which 17 progressive new choreographers and groups were chosen as finalists to give performances of their works over a four-day competition period. The winners receive the right to perform at the, Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine - Saint - Denis (former Rencontres Choregraphiques de Bagnolet) and prizes like opportunities to study in France.
In addition to the competition, this festival features performances by former winners (Mariko Okamoto, Yoko Higashino, Yumiko, Yumiko Hamatani), showcases, masters classes by Lorrina Barrientos creator of the Rencontres Choregraphiques de Bagnolet, and tie-up programs such as performances and symposiums by groups including Dance Theatre LUDENS and BATIK. (Runs until Feb. 19)
+Group Division
Winner: Ayako Hamaguchi
Choreographers: Yoko Hayashi, Ayako Hamaguchi, Tomoko Hayakawa, Akiyo Fukami, Ai Shinohara, Cho Hikyon, Hiroko Kitajima, Anna
+Solo x Duo Division
Winners: Yui Kawaguchi
Choreographers: Miho Sumichi, Dannie Dan, Takako Matsuda, Park Na-hun, Yun Byon-ju, Yui Kawaguchi, Chikako Kaido, yum, Kim Myeung- Shin
+Others
French Embassy Prize for Young Choreographers: Kim Myeung- Shin
Yokohama Prize for Brilliant Future: Anna
+Yokohama Dance Collection R   http://www.yokohama-dance-collection-r.jp/
+“Bagnolet” International Choreography Award
Rencontres Chorégraphiques Internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis
http://www.rencontreschoregraphiques.com/
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