Past Projects

About past four projects

This is the fifth year of the five-year project which began in 2011 with support from the Agency For Cultural Affairs Government of Japan.

  • FY2011:Japan Finland
    International Exchange
  • FY2012-13:Japan Korea
    International Exchange
  • 2014:Japan US
    International Exchange

FY2011: Japan Finland International ExchangeHP

Invited artist::Ervi Siren

Through the partnership between JCDN and Zodiak from Finland, two works have been created:
In November 2010, ZodiaK and JCDN selected Ervi Siren from Finland and Sakamoto Kosei from Japan who to stay in each other’s country, and work with dancers from the respective countries to create a piece each.

[Subsidy: The Saison Foundation, for three fiscal years]

1st FY: Creation and premiere;
2nd FY: The pieces were shown at dance festivals in both countries;
3rd FY: Shown at Tokyo Performing Arts Meeting seeking further touring possibilities.

KITE, chor. Ervi Siren
  • In the summer of 2011, after she showed her own choreographies at the Bird Theater Festival in Tottori, Japan, Ervi Siren selected five Japanese dancers in Tokyo through auditions: Masaru Kakio, Takao Kawaguchi, Koji Tamamura, Takiko Iwabuchi and Yumi Tateishi.
    Together with Takayuki Fujimoto, lighting designer from Japan, and Aake Otsal, music composer from Finland, they began residency and creation in January 2012.
  • In February 2012, we did a work-in-progress presentation at TPAM’s Performing Arts AIR Meeting.(Venue: BankART Studio NYK in Yokohama, Japan)
  • March 2012: Premiere at Kyoto Arts Center. Two performances.
    (Co-organizer: Kyoto Arts Center)
Haigafuru (Ash Is Falling), chor. Kosei Sakamoto
  • In the summer of 2011, after showing his own piece at the Full Moon Dance Festival in Finland, Kosei Sakamoto selected five local dancers through auditions.
  • In March 2012, together with Takayuki Fujimoto, lighting designer, and Toru Yamanaka, music composer, from Japan, they began residency and creation at ZODIAK in Helsinki. (Organized by Japan Foundation Performing Arts Japan Program)
  • In April 2012, the piece was premiered in Helsinki as Zodiak’s season program.
    Six performances.
  • FY 2012 June: KITE at the Kuopio Dance Festival in Finland.HP
    Two performaces, with subsidy from Japan Foundation.
  • FY 2012 July: Haigafuru at the Full Moon Dance Festival in Finland.HP
    One performance.
  • FY 2012 September: KITE and Haigafuru were performed together as one program at the 5th BIRD Theatre Festival in Japan.
    Two performances.
  • FY 2014 February: KITE and Haigafuru were shown as one program at TPAM’s International Showcases.HP
    One performance.

FY2012-13: Japan Korea International Exchange

Invited artist: Jong Young-Doo

FY2013:”Karasu to Kasagi (The Crow And the Magpie)”HP

While going back and forth between Korea and Japan, Korean choreographer Jong Young-Doo worked with dancers from Korea and Japan, musicians and artists of theater, fine art and visual art to create a dance piece as well as a theater piece, art installation and video works.
On the theme of history, culture and races of Korea and Japan, they conducted research and interviews with people in Fukuoka, Japan for their creation.
In the second year in 2013, together with dancers from Korea and Japan, Jong created a dance piece based on the story he wrote using elements from ancient legends and folk stories of the two countries.
The piece is scheduled to tour in Japan and Korea in the coming years.

2014 Japan US International Exchange
“Kyoto A.I.R. Alliance Festival 2014”

JCDN International Dance In Residence Exchange Project Vol. 4

Invited artist: Nora ChipaumireHP

Through the partnership between National Performance Network and JCDN, the project was implemented.
The festival invited Nora Chipaumire, dancer and choreographer from Zimbabwe, currently based in New York City, for a one-month long residency in August 2014. She created and presented “Portrait of Myself as My Father” the work-in-progress of the following two pieces at Kyoto Art Center.

  • “Portrait of Myself as My Father”HP

    Work-in-progress presentation: 22nd, 23rd of August, 2014

    [Cast / Staff]

    Choreography and Dance:Nora Chipaumire

    Stage Manager:Shuji Hamamura

    Lighting Design:Asako Miura, Norie Mogi

    Costume:Atsuko Kiyokoawa

    Dancer:Masaru kakio, Kentaro Sato

  • NEPPU a performance written and directed by Naoto Iina.
    Chipaumire participates in the project with her dance. This is a collaboration piece involving a few Japanese contemporary artists of different disciplines.
    Work-in-progress presentation: 30th, 31st of August, 2014

    [Cast / Staff]

    Written, directed and film by Naoto Iina

    Photographs: Masaki Hirano (Photographers Brigade Without Borders)

    Performance: Uichiro Fueda

    Choreography and dance: Nora Chipaumire

    Music: ShinBow

    Appearance in film: Takao Kawaguchi

    Sound recording: Thomas Stenzel (Russia); Roya Eshraghi (Cuba); Adla Isanovic (Sarajevo)

    Translation and interpreting: Caitlin Coker

    Assistants in Okinawa: Hiroya, Maeda, Chikako Yamashiro (Director, Suijo no Hito Production)

    Supported by: Hitoshi Suzuki (Secretariat Photographers Brigade Without Borders), Chizuko Nishii, Marina Grzinic, Haruka Hama

    Stage staff: Tatsuki Imamura, Yuki Goda, Akihisa Yamamoto

  • Installation NEPPU

    2nd through Sunday 7th of September, 2014
    Hirano Masaki’s photographs (“After the Festival”, “Cuba”, “Holes”) as well as Iina Naoto’s video and script for the performance NEPPU have exhibited
    [Venue]Kyoto Arts Center (“Kodo” Auditorium)