The Japan Foundation
Performing Arts Network Japan
Vol. 116 Updated Sep. 14, 2016
Performing Arts in JapanInternationl Presenter
Artist Interview
Artist Interview: “I want to dance even more.” The new horizons of Saburo Teshigawara
Saburo TeshigawaraGoing beyond his career activities as a dancer and choreographer, Saburo Teshigawara applies his talents to virtually all aspects of his stages, from the design of lighting, stage art and costumes to the music he uses. He has also ventured into the directing of opera and other artistic endeavors. In 2013 he opened a new base for activities named KARAS APPARATUS and has since launched a new performance series titled Update Dance, bringing the average number of stages he presents annually to over 100, with numerous new works. In this interview, Teshigawara talks about the ideas and philosophy that drive this outflow of creativity.
Artist Interview: From Non-verbal Performance to 2.5-D Stages  The Challenge of Walley Kinoshita
Walley KinoshitaWalley Kinoshita is the leader of the theater company Sunday and the non-verbal performance unit THE ORIGINAL TEMPO. Working on the principles of group creation to produce designs with a fusion of music, media art and performance, Kinoshita has also taken on the challenge of creating a 2.5-dimension stage version of the super popular anime Haikyu!!. In this interview we seek the essence of his theater-making ideal that “You can create theater even from a single cup.”
Artist Interview: Driven by “playful spirit,” the dance theater of Takuro Suzuki
Takuro SuzukiChoreographer and director Takuro Suzuki (b. 1985) is the leader of the dance company CHAiroiPLIN and is also active as a dancer with the Condors unit. After first winning attention with his fantasy work Saiai – Shakespeare Recipe (2011), in which high school girls, together with vegetables, learn about love by reading lines from Shakespeare plays, Suzuki has continued to present a great variety of works combining group dance, theater, music and visuals. In this interview we get a look at the “playful spirit” behind these creations enjoyed by children and adults alike.
Presenter Interview
Presenter Interview; Leading the “free scene” Frankfurt’s Mousonturm
Matthias Pees
The “free scene” of artists in Germany who are not members of resident companies of the country’s many public theaters is the object of increasing attention today. The bases for these artists’ activities are theaters called “production houses” that receive support from their respective states or cities to commission and produce new works. One of these theaters that stands alongside Berlin’s HAU, Hamburg’s Kampnagel and Dusseldorf’s Tanzhaus NRW is Frankfurt’s Mousonturm. In this interview we speak with Mousonturm’s artistic director Matthias Pees about the cutting edge of today’s free scene in Germany.
Presenter Interview; The network organization Aerowaves  Working to discover and support young choreographers
John Ashford
In 1996, Aerowaves, an organization aiming to become the hub for contemporary dance discovery and young choreographer support in Europe, was launched. The man grasping the organization’s is the former Director of the theater at The Place, London, John Ashford, who worked in a London dance venue fully equipped with a theatre, a dance school and a resident company and made great contributions to the promotion and development of British contemporary dance. In this interview we asked what led him decided to establish Aerowaves.
Presenter Interview; SICK! Festival  Addressing the sicknesses we suffer from in today’s world
Helen Medland
Tim Harrison
SICK! Festival was established in 2013 with the aim of using the artistic perspective in addressing social taboos that impact people everyday within our society. Working in cooperation with an advisory group made up of professionals in the fields of medicine, sociology and psychology, etc., SICK! Festival presents themed programs with a rich variety of works of theatre, dance, film and installations, as well as debates and the like. In this interview we talk with the festival's Artistic Director, Helen Medland and the festival's Director of Development, Tim Harrison.
Play of the Month
Play of the Month; New musical: Color of Life by Sachiko Ishimaru
Written (script and lyrics) and directed by the leader of Theatre Polyphonic, Sachiko Ishimaru, this musical was the first-ever entry by a Japanese in New York’s Midtown International Theatre Festival (2013), where it won the prize for Best Musical and three other categories. The Japan premiere came in 2016. It tells the story of a woman who has just lost her deeply loved same-sex partner and painter who has lost sight of what he should paint after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. The two meet by chance and begin living together in New York and the story follows them to life choices they make for the future.
Play of the Month; Go-n-do-la,La-do-n-go by Yoji Sakate
The play depicts the path pursued by a group of friends seeking to become theater-makers in the 1980s and the social background surrounding that quest. This group of friends seeking to become artists and actors also establish a building cleaning company. Roku is performing as an actor in small-theater productions at night, while working days cleaning the exterior windows of skyscrapers in a gondola with a married man with a family named Tora. What will this life bring….
Play of the Month; Jigokudani Onsen, Mumyo no Yado (Jigokudani Hot Springs, Ignorance Inn) by Kuro Tanino
Kuro Tanino is the playwright and director of the theater company Niwa Gekidan Penino, known for productions created with stage art that creates spaces embodying human imagery and fantasies and drama that delves into the depths of the human soul. As with their play Okina Trunk no naka no Hako (2013), this play employs a revolving stage in telling the story of one night’s events involving a father-son puppeteer act invited to perform at a hot-spring spa deep in the mountains and the spa’s visitors. It is the winner of the 60th Kunio Kishida Drama Award.
Arts Organization of the Month
Arts Organization of the Month: Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts
Established in 1992, Attakkalari is a registered, public charitable trust formed by artistes in Bangalore that has become a leading presence in Indian contemporary danceand movement arts. Among the Centre’s main activities are organizing and holding the largest contemporary dance festival in southern India, the Attakkalari India Biennale;presenting performances by the Attakkalari Repetory Dance Company led by the Centre’s Artistic Director, the choreographer Jayachandran Palazhy; outreach programs for schools conducted by Attakkalari members; supporting the choreographic development of emerging artistesthrough the Centre’s Young Choreographers Platform, and other wide-ranging programs.
Arts Organization of the Month: American Dance Abroad
American Dance Abroad is a national organization that seeks to support American contemporary dance artists and companies. The founders of the organization are the well-known contemporary dance producers Andrea Snyder and Carolelinda Dickey. Striving to promote equitable cultural engagement among American dance artists and their international counterparts, the organization sends representatives to international dance markets, and provides various forms of support for overseas performances and provides information to overseas promoters.
Arts Organization of the Month: Association of Asia Pacific Performing Arts Centres (AAPPAC)
AAPPAC is a membership-type organization with the mission of building a network of arts and culture centers in the Asia-Pacific region and promoting exchanges of programs, human resources and information in order to strengthen partnerships and advance professional specialization in the region’s performing arts. The Association was formed in 1996 through cooperative action by performing arts centers in the Asia-Pacific region. The head office is located in Singapore’s Esplanade Theatres on the Bay complex.
Japan Topics
Lineup Announced for the 9th “Festival Tokyo 16” (Oct. 15 – Dec. 11, 2016)   New! (Oct. 31, 2016)
“Roppongi Art Night 2016,” held in autumn (Oct. 21 – 23, 2016)
“World Culture and Sports Forum” held for the first time in Kyoto and Tokyo (Oct. 19 – 22, 2016)
KYOTO EXPERIMENT 2016 AUTUMN program announced (Oct. 22 – Nov. 13, 2016)
23rd BeSeTo Theater Festival held in Tottori and Niigata (Sept. 14 – 0ct. 15, 2016)
Premier of 15th AAF Drama Award’s Grand Prize winning Michiyuki with Motoi Miura as Director (Sept. 9 – 12, 2016)
“Sound Live Tokyo 2016” held (Sept. 11 – Oct. 1, 2016)
10th Toyota Choreography Awards, 2016 Next Age Choreographer Award goes to Shintaro Hirahara
Aichi Triennale 2016 held (Aug. 11 – Oct. 23)
2nd Dance New Air —Dance no Asa program announced (Oct. 1 – 10, 2016)
Presenter Topics
Kick-off of the new theatrical arts festival Asia TOPA (Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts) in Melbourne (Jan. - Apr., 2017)   New! (Nov. 24, 2016)
New York’s international experimental theater festival “Under the Radar Festival” to be held (Jan. 4 - 15, 2017)   New! (Nov. 24, 2016)
Festival Danza en la Ciudad contemporary dance festival in Bogota, Colombia (Nov. 2 – 14, 2016)   New! (Nov. 24, 2016)
45th Le Festival d’Automne à Paris (Paris Autumn Festival) (Sept. 7 – Dec. 31, 2016)   Oct. 5, 2016
News from the Japan Foundation
News from the Japan Foundation
Japan Foundation 2015 – 2016 (second application period) foreign exchange grant recipients announced   Oct. 21, 2015
Japan Foundation 2015 – 2016 (first application period) foreign exchange grant recipients announced   Sep. 18, 2015
2015 – 2016 schedule of the Japan Foundation supported PAJ for North America programs finalized   Sep. 18, 2015
2015 – 2016 schedule of the Japan Foundation supported PAJ for North America programs finalized   Sep. 18, 2015
Wochi Kochi Magazine Vol. 057 “Search for the Future of Media Art”   New!