Application period begins for the “8th Toyota Choreography Award 2012 – Seeking out and nurturing the next generation of choreographers”
The “Toyota Choreography Award” competition was begun in 2001 under the sponsorship of Toyota Motor Corporation as a joint project with the Setagaya Public Theatre (Tokyo), and is dedicated to finding and fostering the next generation of choreographers. Applications are now being accepted for contestants for the 8th holding of the Awards competition in 2012. The deadline for applications is January 20, 2012. The qualifications for applicants are that they be choreographers who are Japanese nationals or residents of Japan or have their working base in Japan and that they have had their works performed in Japan. There are no restrictions regarding dance genre.
The selection process for the awards involves an initial selection by the Selections Committee of six finalists from among the applicants. These finalists will then participate in the NEXTAGE (final judging) contest on July 19, 2012, presenting works of 15 to 20 minutes in length. Based on these performances, the Selections Committee and guest judges will choose one winner for the Grand Prix “NEXTAGE Choreographer Award” and one for the “NEXTAGE Audience Award.” The Selections Committee consists of producers from theaters around the nation, guest judges and artists and curators from the fields of theater, music and art. The winner of the NEXTAGE Choreographer Award will receive prize money of 2 million yen as well as an opportunity to perform the following year at Theater Tram (Tokyo) awards performances and also receive support through the Kanazawa 21st Century Museum’s Residency Program. For details refer to the website below.