JAPON dance project 2016 Tokyo
In the midst of the reality which we are destined to keep going,
modern mythology unfolds in the body that keeps moving.
The edge cuts through the time and space,
with the raging harmony of Move and Still.
@Playhouse, New National Theatre Tokyo
"...the void we have discovered was a glitch in the time-space.
We named it "the Park", and placed a tree to start the observation process..."
2 years after highly acclaimed performance "CLOUD/CROWD",
JAPON dance project will make its return at the New National Theatre Tokyo!
JAPON dance project:
Naoya Aoki, Yasuyuki Endo, Hokuto Kodama,
Mimoza Koike, Masahiro Yanagimoto
Daisuke Omiya, Ayako Ono, Yasutake Shimaji,
Akimitsu Yahata, Yui Yonezawa
Lighting: Akiyo Kushida
Scenography/Costume: Shizuka Hariu
Stage manager:Shotaro Chiba
JAPON DANCE PROJECT?
In May 2013, Le Logoscope – the centre for mixed media artistic research based in the Principality of Monaco – hosted the JAPON Dance Project.
JAPON Dance Project was formed by five top-flight Japanese dancer/choreographers – Mimoza KOÏKE (Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo), Yasuyuki ENDO (Ballet National de Marseille), Naoya AOKI (freelance dancer/choreographer), Masahiro YANAGIMOTO (freelance dancer/ choreographer), and Hokuto KODAMA (Royal Swedish Ballet). All five are involved in the world of professional dance, either internationally or in Japan. JAPON Dance Project is a platform for research, collaboration, creativity and intergenerational transmission, set within the framework of contemporary choreographic practices and Japanese culture.
JAPON Dance Project is a kind of floating island where Japanese culture imagines itself both here and elsewhere. The artists’ physical distance from one another has led them to focus on the internet as their central communication tool. Within this system of digital interconnectivity, they explore the dramatic quality of the choreographed narratives that their unique personalities convey.
The project is in perpetual motion, and its founders regularly collaborate with other guest artists from Japan. In the spirit of knowledge-sharing, their research and choreographic productions give rise to performances, videos, residencies, workshops, and internships for young dancers.
Following three residencies (from May to August 2013) in Marseille, Monaco et Tokyo, JAPON Dance Project presented "Le Paradis des fourmis" at ESDC Rosella Hightower in Cannes on 24 and 25 August 2013: a Production-Manifesto by the five founders in two acts that marks a very important step in the evolution of their project, and that in some ways anticipates the major production they will present in Tokyo on 30 and 31 August 2014.
Ballet National de Marseille
In 1991, he joined Star Dancers Ballet in Tokyo. '94-'96 he joined the Australian Ballet where he danced as soloist in works by Maurice Bejart and Stephen Baynes. He also choreographed "Distance" in the same period. Later, Yasuyuki received the 10th Muramutu Award in Japan. In '99, He joined Charleroi Danses plan-k in Belgium, and at the same time he worked with Saburo Teshigawara. In 2005, He joined Ballet National de Marseille (BNM) as a soloist dancer/rehearsal directer. As a choreographer, he created several pieces for BNM, also he is active as a guest choreographer internationally. In 2011, he founded All Nippon Ballet Gala, a charity dance gala for the disaster in Tohoku, Japan. More than 40 star dancers in Japan participated to this project, in order to raise funding for those affected by the disaster.
Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo
From 1998 to 2000 Mimoza studied dance at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Lyon, graduating with distinction. She continued her training at the Jeune Ballet du Conservatoire de Lyon, and in 2001, she joined the Ballet du Grand Théâtre in Geneva. In 2003 she entered Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, directed by Jean-Christophe Maillot, where she currently dances as a principal dancer. Mimoza Koïke’s superb artistry and unique technical abilities have also led her to dance pieces by choreographers such as Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Jiri Kylián, William Forsythe, Johan Inger, Emio Greco, and Alexander Ekman, among others. Since 2007, she has developed her skills as a choreographer and created numerous pieces. Mimoza Koïke has been the artistic director of Le Logoscope’s performing arts platform since 2010.
Naoya Aoki is a Dancer/Teacher/Choreographer who has developed his own dance method through mixing body work to his Jazz/Ballet/Modern dance training. After dancing as freelance dancer in Tokyo for several years, he took a part in starting up the company "Noism" of Jo Kanamori in 2004. During his time in Noism, he has taken an important role in the company and also worked as rehearsal assistant. After returning to become freelance again, he has broaden his working relationship, and has been gaining huge trust from many dance creators. In recent years, Naoya has been creating his own works, based on his own method and originality.
Before moving to Europe, Masahiro Yanagimoto had danced mainly in classical ballets in Kansai area of Japan.
In 1998, he moved to Germany to join Staadtheater Braunshweig ('98-'00), and then to Munchen Dance Theater(Soloist, '00-'02). He relocated his base to Netherland in 2002 to work for Scapino Ballet Rotterdam('02), Conny Jansen Danst('03-'04) and Galili Dance('04-'06) among others. He has then moved back to Japan, and been freelancing since 2006.Masahiro is a co-founder of ”C/Ompany” since 2006, and his own choreographic group "+81" since 2011.
The Royal Swedish Ballet
Started his ballet training under his parents, and after winning international ballet competitions, he moved to study at San Francisco Ballet School in 2000. In 2001, he started his professional career, and danced with The Alberta Ballet (2001-2004,Canada), Les Grands Ballet Canadiens de Montreal (First Soloist, 2004-2008), The Goteborg Ballet(2008-2012) and currently with Royal Swedish Ballet (First Soloist, 2012-present)
He has been involved as founder of few dance projects, such as "Royal Collective" (Royal Swedish Ballet's research project), and his own "project POINT BLANK".
小野 絢子 Ayako Ono
（National Ballet of Japan）
八幡 顕光 Akimitsu Yahata
（National Ballet of Japan）
米沢 唯 Yui Yonezawa
（National Ballet of Japan）
小㞍 健太 Kenta Kojiri
針生 康 Shizuka Hariu
堀田 千晶 Horita Chiaki
加藤三希央 Mikio Kato
宗 明美 Akemi Sou
WORKS BY JAPON DANCE PROJECT
Our Japan premiere produced by The New National Theater of Tokyo was celebrated with full audience and superb response. With the new work CLOUD/CROWD, JAPON dance project has made impressive impact on Japanese dance scene.
JAPON dance project 2014 Tokyo
JAPON dance project: Yasuyuki Endo, Naoya Aoki, Masahiro Yanagimoto, Mimoza Koike, Hokuto Kodama
Guest dancers: Kenta Kojiri, Yui Yonezawa, Ayako Ono, Akimitsu Yahata, Chiaki Horita, Mikio Kato
Scenography: Shizuka Hariu
Music: Davy Bergier
Costume: Akemi So
Lighting: Hisashi Adachi
Stage Manager: Hajime Morioka
Approx. 90min. including intermission.
Photo: Naoya Ikegami
3 chracteristic short pieces created by JAPON dance project. They go together as triple bill of 30 minutes, or each pieces can be performed individually.
"Lilly" by: Masahiro Yanagimoto and Naoya Aoki Length: approx 12min.
"0" by Hokuto Kodama Length: approx 10min.
"3 in Passacaglia" by Yasuyuki Endo Danced by Yasuyuki Endo, Mimoza Koike and Masahiro Yanagimoto Length: approx 9min.
LE PARADIS DES FOURMIS
First collaborative creation by JAPON dance project. The piece portrays those who are trying hard simply to live their life. A touch of cynical humour and sorrow. Premiered in Cannes, France, 2013.
"Le Paradis des Fourmis" by Yasuyuki Endo, Mimoza Koike, Masahiro Yanagimoto, Naoya Aoki, Hokuto Kodama
Length: approx 45min.
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JAPON dance project is hosted by Le Logoscope.
Centre for mixed media research based in the Principality of Monaco
Chair: Agnès Roux
Secraitaire Julien Cellario
Treasurer: Marie Bourgeois
Artistic Director - Visual arts platform: Agnès Roux
Artistic Director - Sound arts platform: Micha Vanony
Artistic Director - Performing arts platform: Mimoza Koike
Artistic Director - Textile arts platform: Alain Pierimarchi
JAPON dance project/Performing arts platform
Manager: Noriko Bonafede Katayanagi
Artists: Naoya Aoki, Yasuyuki Endo, Hokuto Kodama, Mimoza Koike, Masahiro Yanagimoto
Responsible for communication, artistic advisor: Agnès Roux