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Annual APAP (Association for Performing Arts Presenters) Conference scheduled for Jan. 9-13
      The annual conference of the APAP (Association for Performing Arts Presenters), organizers of the world’s largest arts market that gathers presenters from around the world, is scheduled to be held at the Hilton New York from Jan. 9 to 13, 2009. Again this time the conference program will include the customary reception and lunch meetings as opportunities for the presenters to meet, various forums and the main conference attended by all participants. In addition, there will be booths by over 400 groups and companies from around the world and over 1,200 related performances and showcases.

    Held concurrently each year is the Japanese contemporary dance showcase organized by the New York-based Japan Society. Now in its second phase, this showcase has been expanded beyond Japanese dance alone to include the Asian region, with introductions of contemporary dance from S. Korea and Taiwan. Representing Japan will be internationally known artists including the Ko & Edge Co. led by butoh artist Ko Murofushi, the much sought-after contemporary theater unit Chelfitsch Theater Company led by Toshiki Okada, and the dance unit Baby-Q led by Yoko Higashino in a collaboration with musician Toshio Kajiwara. Representing S. Korea will be the Jang Eun Jung Dance Company performing the subtle and provocative work Several Questions, while Taiwan is represented by the Wind Dance Theatre led by former principal dancer and rehearsal director of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre, Wu I-Fang.
    Admission is free for participants in the APAP conference (reservations required).

[About the APAP]
    The Association of Performing Arts Presenters that organizes the APAP arts market is an association of performing arts presenters with a membership including arts influencers, presenters, decision-makers, managers, and artists. Having the ACUCM founded in 1957 as its predecessor, the name was changed to APAP in 1988. As of 2004 the membership has included a broad range from large companies of the arts world to individual professionals in the field, representing all 50 states of the U.S. and over 15 foreign countries. The Association in funded primarily through the US National Endowment for the Arts and donations by public grant organizations. In nations like Japan, APAP is best known for its large arts market but it also conducts wide-ranging activities including its annual conference, seminars on marketing, management and arts support, meetings, grants workshops and publishes performing arts related materials. For the 2009 APAP Conference, the website for conference members and participants has been redesigned to provide basic information an easy to understand format, even for first-time participants.
+Association of Performing Arts Presenters
http://www.apapconference.org/
+Japan Society
http://japansociety.org/
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