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Contact Gonzo nominated for 2011 ZKB Patronage Prize at Zurich Theater Spectacle (Aug. 18 to Sept. 4, 2011)
In 2010, faifai made news by become the first Japanese group to win the ZKB Patronage Prize for new artists of Switzerland’s international performing arts festival, Zurich Theater Spectacle. Now, for this year’s ZKB Patronage Prize, Contact Gonzo is one of the six nominees. The nominees will perform their works during the festival and the winner decided on its final day.
ZKB Patronage Prize nominees:
- Race Horse Company & Circo Aereo (Finland) for Nouveau Circe Petit Mal
- Mokhallad Rasem (Iraq, Belgium) for the play Iraqi Ghost
- Lagartijas tiradas al sol (Mexico) for the play El Rumor del Incendio
- Laila Soliman & Ruud Gielens (Egypt, Belgium) for the European premiere of the multimedia performance work Lessons in Revolting
- Andréya Ouamba & Cie. 1er Temps (Congo, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Benin) for the European premiere of the dance work Sueur des Ombres
- Contact Gonzo (Japan) for the European premiere of the fight dance performance work Contact Gonzo
This is a festival that seeks out new talent that often transcends the traditional genres of the performing arts, and again this year it presents a varied lineup of 42 works of theater, dance, music, performance, installation type exhibitions and events like roundtable discussions by artists from Switzerland and the rest of Europe as well as Asia, Africa, South America and other regions.
Prominent works on the program include a full-scale staging of the representative work Sideways Rain of Guilherme Botelho & Alias, winner of the 1996 ZKB Patronage Prize, a performance of TESTAMENT by German group She She Pop, the solo piece Beautiful Me by Gregory Maqoma of South Africa and more. There are also international collaborative works on the program including a production of Sul concetto di volto nel figlio di Dio by the avant-garde Italian theater company Soci`etas Raffaello Sanzio led by Romeo Castellucci and a production of Both Upon a Time by the Israeli theater company Ofira Henig & Ensemble and projects by Swiss companies.

Festival Outline
This is Switzerland’s largest performing arts festival in Zurich. It was launched in 1980 as one of the important festivals in Europe. Generously funded by Zuercher Kantonalbank and other organizations it has continued to present programs of works by individual artists and companies from within and outside the European community for more than 30 years. During the festival, open-air cafes and restaurants are set up in park along the lakeshore as well as outdoor theater facilities to create an environment that brings performing arts closer to the people. The festival’s artistic director is Sandro Lunin.
The festival has established the ZKB Patronage Prize (ZKB being the acronym of a Zuercher Kantonalbank) that supports the future activities of new artists with a prize of 30,000 Swiss francs (Approx. 2.5 million yen) as a way to support the arts long-term. Past winners of this prize include Stefan Pucher, 400asa, Marco Berrettini, Sarah Michelson Living Dance Studio, Young Jean Lee, faifai and others.
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