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Yokohama Dance Collection EX2012 competition winning choreographers selected
The 2012 edition of the Yokohama Dance Collection competition, “Yokohama Dance Collection EX2012,” was held from Feb. 7-12 at the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No. 1, with announcement of the winners taking place on the final day. This annual competition is organized with the aim of nurturing young choreographers and promoting the spread of contemporary dance.
The winner of the Jury Prize, Grand Prix in the Dance Composition Division, was Yuriko Suzuki’s piece “BORN/2012.” The winner of Grand Prix in the New Choreographer Division was Kazumasa Takahashi with I.K.I. As supplementary prizes, Suzuki received 200,000 yen and the right to present work at Yokohama Dance Collection EX (winner’s performance series) in subsequent year, while Takahashi receives support for creating and performing a full-scale new work at Red brick Warehouse No. 1.
The other award recipients are as shown below. The Jury opinions are to be posted on the website late in March.
Competition I: Dance Composition Division
Jury Prize: Yuriko Suzuki BORN/2012
The French Embassy Prize for Young Choreographer: Teita Iwabuchi, Kaori Seki Hetero
MASDANZA Prize: Chikako Kaido Schattenlinien/Shadowlines
(Applicants: 140 groups/artists from eight countries; Finalists: 12 groups/artists from two countries performing works of 20 minutes or less)
Competition II: New Choreographer Division
Outstanding New Artist Prize: Kazumasa Takahashi I.K.I.
Encouragement Prize: Ami Tsukada Me, this and that
(Applicants: 20 groups/artists; Finalists: 12 groups/artists performing works of 10 minutes or less)

Winner Profiles (From Yokohama Dance Collection press release)
Yuriko Suzuki
Suzuki began studying with Kuniko Kisanuki at the age of sixteen. A graduate of the contemporary dance program at the Nihon University College of Art, she has performed in work by Ayako Hamaguchi and Sumire Muramoto. She has been training at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance since 2008 and took part, at the BODHI Project, in works by Matej Kejžar (Rosas) and Maya Lipsker. She directs the energy from her passionate investigation of the possibilities of her own physicality into creative activity. BORN/2011 was performed in five European countries and won the prize for Best Choreographic Direction at Act Festival 2011.
Kazumasa Takahashi
Takahashi won the Special Prize at Big Bang!! Tokyo Spring 2010, a nationwide student street dance contest, and at Osaka Spring 2011. He leads the art unit Innervision. In May 2010, they held a live dance event titled “Xemotion” at AMPcafe in Koenji; that December, they held another live dance event “Spectrum” at SuperDeluxe in Nishi Azabu, Tokyo.
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