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Nov. 25, 2011
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The city of Yokohama to host dance triennale “Dance Dance Dance @ Yokohama 2012” (Jul. – Oct. 2012)
The city of Yokohama has announced that it will follow its successful “Yokohama Triennale” international contemporary art festival with a dance triennale beginning in 2012 and a music triennale beginning in 2013 to give the city a series of festivals to be held every year from summer into early autumn.
Yokohama has undergone an organizational restructuring this year that includes the establishment of a Culture and Tourism Bureau with the mission of contributing to the city’s growth strategy by promoting tourism, conventions and creative arts programs. The decision to hold these three triennales as symbols of the city is the result of reviews of city policy with the objectives of enlivening the city environment through ongoing programs in the arts and culture and creating an economic effect at the same time.
The first holding of the new Dance Dance Dance @ Yokohama festival is planned for July to October of 2012 with venues near the center of the city of Yokohama. An all-Yokohama team will head the triennale project, with the governor of Kanagawa prefecture, Mr. Yuji Kuroiwa, serving as honorary chairman of the planning committee, the mayor of Yokohama, Ms. Fumiko Hayashi, as chairperson and the director of Culture and Tourism Bureau Yokohama Miryokuzukuri Office, Ms. Kozue Nakayama, as overall producer. Serving as dance director will be Ms. Maimi Sato, producer of the Saitama Arts Theater. Ms. Sato is a producer who has consistently brought world-renowned dance artists to Yokohama in such roles as director of the 1989 Yokohama Art Wave program celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the city government of Yokohama and as a producer for the Kanagawa Arts Foundation.
With the aim of becoming a festival that presents international level and original arts, Dance Dance Dance @ Yokohama 2012 will have a program of dance from various genres and ranging from performances by world-class dance artists to dance events that local citizens and tourists can easily participate in. The main venues will be in the city’s central Kannai and Kangai districts (vicinities of Minato Mirai Station, Motomachi-Chukagai Station and the Kannai area), including the Yokohama Red Brick Hall, the Kanagawa Arts Theater (KAAT) and other existing halls. Plans also call for the use of “street” venues in picturesque parts of Yokohama city. Also, the dance triennale will be positioned as an event of the Yokohama Arts Action Project involving a coalition of citizens, artists, NPOs, corporations and local government agencies and including in its program citizen participation and educational components for next-generation participants and children.
In the near future, the triennale’s Planning Committee will relinquish responsibilities to an Organizing Committee to consist of related local government agency representatives, members of the media and representatives of arts organizations.
+Yokohama Culture and Tourism Bureau “Dance Dance Dance @ Yokohama 2012” (Japanese only)