Yokohama Dance Collection EX2014 competition choreography award winners announced
Yokohama Dance Collection EX2014 is the 2013 edition of the annual contemporary dance festival organized for the purpose of nurturing young choreographers and popularizing contemporary dance in Japan. The competition was held this year from February 4 to 9 at the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No. 1 and the winners were announced on the final day.
In Competition I (Dance Composition Division), the winner the Jury Prize grand prix from among 151 applicants from ten countries was Kim Bora (S. Korea) for A long talk to oneself. In Competition II (New Choreographer Division), the winner of the Outstanding New Artist Prize from among 34 groups was Shun Nakamura for Traditional chronic stick syndrome – Japanese Edition. As Jury Prize winner, Kim receives a monetary prize of 200,000 yen and the right to perform a new work at next year’s Yokohama Dance Collection EX, and as winner of the Outstanding New Artist Prize, Nakamura receives a grant of support for creation of a new work and the opportunity to perform it at the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No. 1 performance hall.
For this year’s competition there was also a special Tel Aviv-Yafo Yokohama Cultural Exchange Prize for finalists of Competitions I and II that involved an opportunity to perform at the festival of Israel’s Suzanne Della Centre, and the Japanese pair of Shiori Tada and Junichi Akagawa and China’s Huang Lei were selected a winners. Listed below are this year’s award winners. For details see the Yokohama Dance Collection EX home page.
Competition I (Dance Composition Division) Jury Prize: Kim Bora (S. Korea) A long talk to oneself
French Embassy Prize for Young Choreographers: Kwon Ryung Eun (S. Korea) The Skill for me
MASDANZA Prize: Ruri Mitoh (Japan) ESQUISSE
Touchpoint Art Foundation Award, Encouragement Prize: Kim Boram (S. Korea) Mistake
Encouragement Prize: Daisuke Inoue (Japan) Body and The Century Recreation
Tadashi Shimada, twilight (*Special award for this year)
(Applicants: 151 groups/individuals from 10 countries / Finalists: 12 groups/individuals from three countries performed works of up to 20 minutes)
Competition II (New Choreographer Division) Outstanding New Artist Prize: Shun Nakamura (Japan) Traditional chronic stick syndrome – Japanese Edition Encouragement Prizes: Tomo Mizukoshi (Japan) Vague Silence; Hikaru Okamoto (Japan) A Sand Spit
(Applicants: 34 groups/individuals / Finalists: 14 groups/individuals performed works of up to 10 minutes)