NPO Japanese Contemporary Dance Network is proposing a training program for young choreographers known as "Dance Camp @ Kinosaki Arts Center". Choreographers are selected from diverse backgrounds and genres, such as contemporary dance, street dance, and classical ballet, and may participate in a variety of academic and practical lessons throughout the program.
Some choreographers with a well-established reputation for training the younger generation will be invited as facilitators due to this training camp-style workshop putting an emphasis on both performance creation and dialogue. Through discussing each other’s works, the goal is for participants to confront the medium of dance objectively and improve their competence for expressing thoughts into words. After the residency stay and creation workshop the participants will then present their results in various parts of Japan in an effort to create performance opportunities for promising up-and-coming choreographers. This time around, the Dance Camp will be from the perspective of contemporary dance, and participants will learn about complex traditional dance forms and techniques.
As for the KIAC, after the end of the first and second half of the course students will conduct public sharing sessions (including a performance) about their lectures on ballet or traditional and contemporary Japanese dance. Whether or not you have seen a contemporary dance performance before, please come out to watch!
First Half: December 1st - December 8th
■Once Again Rethinking the Methods of Ballet and Release Techniques, and Rebuilding the Movement（Lecturer: Misako Terada）
■Learning Traditional Japanese Classics that Contemporary Dancers Have Not Danced Before (Lecturer: Yasuko Yokoshi ）
Second Half: December 15th - December 22nd
■Dance Through Creating Choreography Which Examines the Relationship Between Music and Dance（Lecturer: Masako Yasumoto ）
■Exercising the Body With Butoh, Recreating Golden Bodypaint Performances from the 80s and 90s（Lecturer: Ritsuko Mizuno ）
NPO Japan Contemporary Dance Network (JCDN) Dance Camp／Practical Performance Workshop for Dancers Lecture & Work-in-Progress Performance
■Date and Time: December 7th and 21st, 2018
❶Lecture（including a dance demonstration）December 7th (Friday) from 19:30
Lecturer: Misako Terada and Yoshiko Yukoshi
❷Public presentation（including a performance）December 21st (Friday) from 19:30
Lecturer: Masako Yasumoto and Ritsuko Mizuno
■Location: Kinosaki International Arts Center
■Payment: Free audience viewing（※Seat must be reserved beforehand）
■Child Daycare Service:
Those who wish to use our services must contact and apply via the Kinosaki International Arts by phone for ❶ by November 30th (Friday) or ❷ by December 14th (Friday).
（Target age: Children aged 1 years old〜preschool age）
■How to apply:
Please reach out to us with the following information through either phone or email.
（Event name, your name, number of people, and contact information）
Kinosaki International Arts Center
TEL 0796-32-3888（Reception open from 9:00 - 17:00; center closed on Tuesdays）
JCDN Website's Dance Camp Webpage
Program Lecturer Profiles
About the NPO Japan Contemporary Dance Network (JCDN)
The JCDN was officially founded in 2001 as a networking NPO to connect the medium of dance with society after a three-year preliminary period. Since its foundation, the network has offered a wide variety of projects including Let’s Go Dancing!! to establish a friendly environment for contemporary dance outlets across Japan. Additional programming includes artist training programs, an “International Artist-in-Residence” program for international dance exchanges and collaborations, and the Community Dance Project, which is open for participants both young and old. The JDCN has also hosted communication education projects where dancers coordinate visits to elementary and middle schools, such as Let’s Go Learn in Tohoku!! and the Sanriku International Arts Festival. The network has received the Japan Foundation’s Prize for Global Citizenship in 2006 and the Kyoto City Arts Promotion Prize in 2015.