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Yokohama Dance Collection 2019 held (Jan. 31 – Feb. 17, 2019)
 
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. The key words of the 24th Yokohama Dance Collection 2019 are “Method / Space /Presence.” This year’s three-week program will be held at the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No. 1 and the Yokohama Nigiwaiza Small Hall.
For Competition I, 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 208 applications from 35 countries, from which ten artists/groups from six countries were selected as finalists that will give live performances at the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No. 1 (Feb. 9 – 10). For Competition II, competing in the New Choreographer Division open to choreographers under the age of 25, 12 artists/groups were selected as finalists from among 38 applications. The finalist performances for the Competition II Outstanding New Choreographer Prize are scheduled for Feb. 7 – 8 at the Yokohama Nigiwaiza Small Hall. The winners of the Competition I Jury Prize and the Outstanding New Choreographer Prize and the other prizes will be decided on the final day.
For the Opening Program, there will be a world premiere of a new collaborative work by the Israeli choreographer Ella Rothschild and visual artist Omaki Shinji titled Futuristic Space and a new work by Company Derashinera titled Keep it Simple –Mitate–. Also, among the performances by past Yokohama Dance Collection prize winner, the 2017 winner of the French Embassy Prize for Young Choreographer, Ryu Suzuki, will present the Japan premiere of his new work AFTER RUST (one a double bill with the work Cellude by Nach, a Kyojomaru Artist in Residence).
The 2018 winner of the Outstanding New Artist Prize, Yuriko Nagano, presents a new work titled MONOLITH with her dance unit Youseidaizukan on a triple bill with a work titled Aqua by the winner of Best Performer Award at Spain’s MASDANZA International Dance Festival (Affiliated with the Yokohama Dance Collection), Chey Durado, in a Japan premiere, and the work Flight by Jeong Cheolin that drew attention at the 1st HOTSPOT East Asia Dance Platform in Hong Kong.
+Competition Finalists
- Competition I
Kaigaishi Nami, Hoei Miki, Norimatsu Kaoru/Tetsuda Emi/ Choi Myung Hyun, Japhet Mari Cabling (the Philippines), Wong Tan-ki/Li Sze-yeung Justyne (Hong Kong), Okamoto Yu, Shimomura Yu, Kang Subin (Korea Rep.) Chen Yi En (Taiwan), Jana Jacuka (Latvia)
* Jury members: Okami Sae, Kondo Ryohei, Tada Junnosuke, Hamano Fumio, Yanaihara Mikuni, Samson Sylvain, Xavier Person, Aymar Crosnier, and others
- Competition II (New Choreographer Division)
Aoyagi Machiko, Aramata Natsumi, Kai Hirona, Nishi Junnosuke, Furuyabu Naoki, Nishi Junnosuke, Mita Mao, Omori Yoko, Shawn K. Farrel, Fujimoto Shigetoshi, Furusawa Miki, Honjo Yuya, Maruyama Yaeko
* Jury members: Ito Chie, Vivienne Sato, Siba Yukio, Hamano Fumio
+Yokohama Dance Collection
http://yokohama-dance-collection.jp/en/
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