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Feb. 13, 2018
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Yokohama Dance Collection 2018 held (Feb. 2 – 18, 2018)
Organized by the Yokohama Arts Foundation, the Yokohama Dance Collection has been held since 1996 as a contemporary dance festival for the purpose of discovering and nurturing young choreographers and popularizing contemporary dance in Japan. For 2018, the 23rd holding of the festival, the theme is “SESSION / TRACE / HOME” and the competitions will be held over a three-week period with the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No. 1 as the main venue and additional venues at Yokohama Nigiawi-za Noge Share and Zou-no-hana Terrace.
For the Competitions (I and II) that are the main feature of the program, finalists are chosen based on video recordings of performances and written applications. For this year’s Competition I that is open to choreographers whose works have been publicly performed there were 106 applications from 9 countries, from which ten artists/groups (from Japan, S. Korea and the Philippines) were selected as finalists and their performances are scheduled for Feb. 10 – 11 at the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No. 1. For Competition II New Choreographer Division open to choreographers under the age of 25, 12 artists/groups were selected as finalists from among 31 applications and their performances are scheduled for Feb. 8 – 9 with the Yokohama Nigiawi-za Noge Share as the new venue this year. On the final day, the Jury Prize grand prix for each competition and the Outstanding New Choreographer Prize winners will be decided.
The opening performance will feature a re-staging of Coffee (premiered 2001), a representative work of one of the Competition I jury members, Mikuni Yanaihara. Also, Keiichiro Shibuya (music), Jeremie Belingard (dance) and Justine Emard (video) will present their much talked about Parade for the End of the World, a fresh interpretation of the 1917 work Parade that brought together a script by Jean Cocteau, stage art and costumes by Pablo Picasso, music by Erik Satie in a performance by Ballets Russes. Furthermore, in a collaborative production with the Kansai region dance hub Dance Box, Misako Terada presents a work “Triology” created with three choreographers (Jung Young Doo, Yuya Tsukahara and Marcelo Evelin).
Also on the schedule are performances by past Yokohama Dance Collection competition winners or finalists. For this program, the 2016 winner of the Jury Prize, Aokid × Hashimoto Takumi will premiere their new work we are son of sun! as their winner performance. On the Dance Cross + Asian Selection program the French Embassy Prize for Young Choreographers prize winner from the same year, Junpei Hamada presents the Japan premiere of the work Sank you very much, which he created while on the residency program in France. Also on the program is a showcase of a new work the 2017 winner of the Prize for Young Choreographers, Reisa Shimojima, and the work that won the 2016 Seoul Dance Collection choreography award.
Furthermore, there is a showcase program of free performances to be held during the Yokohama Dance Collection run at the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No. 1.
+Competition Finalists:
Competition I
Wataru Kitao, Koichiro Tamura, Tarinof dance company, Kim Seo Youn (S. Korea), Marcus Berry Arbas Que (Philippines), Yuka Oishi, Kenji Shinohe, Suichu Megane, Choi Minsun / Kand Jinan (S. Korea), Lee Kyung-Gu
* Jury: Sae Okami, Ryohei Kondo, Junnosuke Tada, Fumio Hamano, Mikuni Yanaihara, Thierry Bayle, Xavier Person, Aymar Crosnier
Competition II (New Choreographer Division)
Takkun Ikegami, Nana Kobayashi, Chisato Saito, Kozue Takamiya, Erena Takaoka, Yurino Nagano, Seina Imaeda, Ayane Okazaki, Satoshi Kato, Akane Kuri, Rina Kobayashi, Mizuki Taka
* Jury: Chie Ito, Vivienne Sato, Fumio Hamano
+Yokohama Dance Collection