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Mar. 14, 2013
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Yokohama Dance Collection EX2013 competition choreography award winners chosen
Yokohama Dance Collection EX2013 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 6 to 11 at the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No. 1 and the winners were announced on the final day.
In Competition I (Dance Composition Division) the Jury Prize grand prix went to Wakare no Uta good bye by Yo Nakamura. In Competition II (New Choreographer Division) the Outstanding New Artist Prize was awarded to Eri Masumizu for KAKUSHIN-HAN. As Jury Prize winner, Nakamura receives a monetary prize of 200,000 yen and the right to perform a new work at a future Yokohama Dance Collection EX, and as winner also of the Sibiu International Theater Festival Prize she also receives an invitation to perform at that festival in Romania. Masumizu receives a grant of support for creation of a new work and the opportunity to perform it at Yokohama Dance Collection EX.
Also, this year there were special encouragement awards given in both divisions. The finalists are as follows.

Competition I (Dance Composition Division)
•Jury Prize, Sibiu International Theater Festival Prize
Yo Nakamura, Wakare no Uta good bye

•French Embassy Prize for Young Choreographers / MASDANZA-EU Prize
Miwa Okuno, Highlight of Decline
•Encouragement Prize
Tadashi Shimada, twilight (*Special award for this year)
(Applicants: 140 groups/individuals from eight countries; 124 groups/individuals from six countries / Finalists: 12 groups/individuals from three countries performed works of up to 20 minutes)
Competition II (New Choreographer Division)
•Outstanding New Artist Prize
Erika Masumizu, KAKUSHIN-HAN

•Encouragement Prizes
Aisa Shirai, HUM
Kodo Matsuda, Itsumo no koto A think of ordinary
(Applicants: 40 groups/individuals / Finalists: 15 groups/individuals performed works of up to 10 minutes)

Winner profiles (As shown on Yokohama Dance Collection EX website)
Yo Nakamura
Nakamura Yo began studying contemporary dance in the Modern Dance Club at Waseda University. Since 2009, she has taken part as their assistant in the choreography of Onodera Shuji and Kondo Ryohei. She has also appeared in a Go Hiromi music video, a Bee TV commercial, and other productions. She began creating her own works last year. She took part in Competition II of the 2012 Yokohama Dance Collection EX and the NEXTREAM21 Dance Competition, in which she received the Jury Award.
Erika Masumizu
Masumizu, who began working in modern dance in the dance club at Kyushu Women’s High School. A graduate of J. F. Oberlin University’s College of Performing and Visual Arts, she performed while a student in works choreographed by Kisanuki Kuniko and Ito Chie. After working as a cheerleader for a professional baseball team, she became the team leader in Sumidagawa Leaders, choreographed by Yasumoto Masako. While she regards the dance duo YoneEri with Yoneda Saori as her base, she also performs with Dance Company Baobab, led by Kitao Wataru, and other groups.
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