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Yokohama Dance Collection EX2014 opens (Feb. 4 – 16, 2014)
 
The Yokohama Dance Collection is the annual contemporary dance festival held since 1996 at the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No. 1 (Operator: Yokohama Arts Foundation) for the purpose of nurturing young choreographers and popularizing contemporary dance in Japan. The 19th edition, Yokohama Dance Collection EX2014, is being held this year from February 4 to 16 at the same venue.
The competition that constitutes the main program is held in two divisions, the Dance Composition Division and the New Choreographer Division. For the Dance Composition there were applications from 151 groups/individuals from ten countries, from which 12 finalists were chosen, and for the New Choreographer competition there were applications from 34 choreographers in Japan of the age of 25 and under, from which 15 finalists were chosen. From Feb. 4 to 9 the works of the finalists will be performed and on the final day the winners for the grand prizes of the two divisions, the Jury Prize for the Dance Composition Division and the Outstanding New Artist Prize for the New Choreographer Division and the other prizes will be awarded. The finalists are as shown below.
In the Performances by Former Yokohama Dance Collection Prizewinners, the 2011 winner of the Jury Prize, Pijin NEJI will present his new work Kuki ka He (air or fart). Also, the winner of the 2013 Outstanding New Artist Prize, Erika MASUMIZU, will present her new work.
During the festival’s run, past participating artists will participate in free-admission outdoor performances and showcases. Furthermore, as the “Japan-Korea Dance Exchange Project DANCE CONNECTION, Tadashi SHIMADA (2013 Yokohama Dance Collection Encouragement Prize winner) and Kwang-min KIM (2012 Seoul Dance Collection Choreographer Prize winner) will present the collaborative work they created in residencies in the two countries titled Seize the day – Two Bodies, Two Memories along with other works at the Zou no hana Terrace.

Competition Finalists
Dance Composition Division:
Boram KIM (Korea Rep.), Shiori TADA/Junichi AKAGAWA, Lei HUANG (China), Aya TERASOMA, Hyejin SHIN (Korea Rep.), Oded ZADOK (Israel)/Kazuyo SHIONOIRI, Ruri MITOH, Ryoung Eun KWON (Korea Rep.), Daisuke INOUE, Maureen Yuebin LUO (Chian), Reina KIMURA, Bo ra KIM (Korea Rep.)
New Choreographer Division:
Minimi NAKAYASHIKI, Kazuma YAMAMOTO, Hikaru OKAMOTO, Marina HANAOKA, Naoya HOMAN, Kouhei SEKIGAWA, Chisato SAITO, Mei SHINJO, Kae KUBO, Sayuri FUKUOKA, Ayumi WATANABE, Shun NAKAMURA, Ayaha IWASAKI, Tomo MIZUKOSHI, Junpei HAMADA (withdrawn)
+Yokohama Dance Collection EX
http://www.yokohama-dance-collection-r.jp/en/index.html
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