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10th Toyota Choreography Awards, 2016 Next Age Choreographer Award goes to Shintaro Hirahara
 
The final judging for the last Next Age Choreographer Award of the Toyota Choreography Award, 2016 sponsored by Toyota Motor was held on August 6th, for which the six finalists chosen by the jury from 201 applicants performed their works at the Setagaya Public Theater. The winner of both the Next Age Choreographer of the Next Generation selected by the jury committee and guest jurors and the Audience Award selected by the audience voting was Shintaro Hirahara.
This will be the final holding of these awards that have awarded nine artists/groups out of 64 finalists over the years. The winner of the Choreographer of the Next Age Choreographer Award receives the right to perform a new work at the awardee performance event the following year. Also, as funding to cover part of the cost of creating a new work, the awardee receives two million yen from Toyota Motor, and use of the performance venue (Tram Theater) and facilities for the creation process (residency at Kanazawa 21st Century Art Museum).
+Winner Profile
Shintaro Hirahara
Born in Hokkaido in 1981. Hirahara was a member of the dance company Noism from 2004 to 2007. Participating in the works of his own company OrganWorks and Ryohei Kondo’s company Kondors, Hirahara has been involved in a large number of dance works both in Japan and abroad, while also being involved with artists from other fields such as theater and contemporary art. Invited to the Spanish dance festival Madrid en Danza in 2015, he participated with “OrganWorks.” He is the winner of the Grand Prix of the 11th Korean International Modern Dance Competition (KIMDC). In 2013, Hirahara was the recipient of an overseas study grant of Agency Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs and spent nine months in Spain. In 2015, he was a recipient of the Award of Cultural Contribution of Otaru City.
http://theorganworks.com
+Finalists
Tsuyoshi Morisaki, Ichioku Konen Shintaihaku
Hisashi Watanabe, Sakasa no Ki (Upside-down Tree)
Narumi Ueno, under
Ayano Yokoyama, Peppiraika de Yuki wo Matsu
Anna Kuroda, Window
Shintaro Hirahara, Reason to Believe
+Jury committee and guest jurors
Jury committee: Iku Otani, Yota Kageyama, Eri Karatsu, Yuko Kuroda, Naoyoshi Fujita, Saori Mikami, Maki Miyakubo
Guest jurors: Ikuyo Kuroda, Noboru Tsubaki, Kenichi Nakagawa, Shirotama Hitsujiya
+Toyota Motor Corporate Philanthropy
http://www.toyota.co.jp/tca/
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