A new dance festival named “Dance New Air” has been established as the successor to the “Dance Triennale Tokyo” launched in 2002 and staged in the Aoyama district of Tokyo. The new festival kicks off this September to run for 24 days from the 12th (a 2014 international arts exchange program of the Agency for Cultural Affairs). The main venues will be the Aoyama Round Theatre and the Spiral Hall. The festival will feature eight works by young stars of the choreography scene as well as workshops, dance film screenings and a book fair.
For its 2014 first holding, the festival will focus on collaborative creation among artists, transcending the borders of countries, language and artistic disciplines, in an earnest attempt to explore new horizons in this field of physical art. Three of the works on the program are world premieres, including The Red Shoes
, a cross-over work of art, dance and theater created through a collaboration of the contemporary artist Nicolas Buffe, choreographer/director Shuji Onodera and actress Hairi Katagiri and a collaboration between Japan’s Akiko Kitamura
and Yudi Ahmad Tajudin and other Indonesian dancers titled To Belong / Suwung
. Also on the program is the solo-work collaboration on the themes of family and children titled Project Pinwheel
, with choreography and performance by Esther Balfe (UK), Young Doo Jung (Korean Republic) and Shigemi Kitamura (Japan). Other works include Zan Yamashita
’s collaboration with Korea’s Ahn Aesoon Dance Company
to restage his representative work IT IS WRITTEN THERE;
the newest work by Algerian-French choreographer and dancer Nacera Belaza titled Les Oiseaux
(Birds); and the Japan premiere of a work by France-based Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud in collaboration with two DJs to present a collage of various forms of disco dancing. Also presenting recent pieces are foreign-based Japanese dance artists Kaori Ito (presently based in Belgium) and Shintaro Oue (presently based in Sweden).
Also, Canadian artist Paul-André Fortier will give outdoor performance of 15 consecutive nights around the streets of Aoyama and works in progress from a collaborative project of artists in residence will be performed.
Taking over the heritage of the Dance Triennale Tokyo which had been held in Aoyama, Tokyo since 2002, “Dance New Air” will start in the fall of 2014. In its first edition (2014) this new dance festival will feature eight collaborative works by talented emerging dance artists. In addition to performances, the festival schedule presents workshops, dance-related film showings, talk events and more. The organizers are the managing organization of the Aoyama Round Theatre and Spiral Hall main venues (The Foundation for Child Well-being (National Children’s Castle, Aoyama Theatre / Aoyama Round Theatre), Spiral / Wacoal Art Center Co., Ltd.) and the Dance New Air 2014 Executive Committee made up primarily of dance critics.