Drama, Dance, Performance
Residency Period / Application Period
●Residency Period: April, 2017 - March 31, 2018
●Application Period: August - October 2016
* FY 2018: August 2017 (TBD)
Number of Resident Artists
Approximately 4 artists and/or arts managers
Conditions / Provisions
●Age limit: No (some restrictions)
●Specification of Countries: No
○This program accepts overseas-base artists and arts manager (producer, program director and curator) who are expected to play a pivotal role in expanding the worldwide network of contemporary theater and dance, and promoting mutual understanding. Fellows are required to research in the applicable field by making Morishita Studio their base.
○Japanese or English language proficiency is required.
○In addition to self-recommendations, recommendations from third parties are acceptable in case an invitation by domestic organizations or individuals is already made. However, in such a case, it is required that the nominee’s intention to visit Japan for this program is confirmed.
○Fellows are required to present public talk on art scene in their home countries and their activities during the stay in Japan.
○Fellows are required to report their activities carried out during the stay in Japan in any way within a year after leaving Japan.
●Traveling expense: Conditional
* Travel expense is to be offered based on a calculation formula provided by the foundation.
●Production fee: Conditional
* Research activity expense is to be offered.
●Living expense: Conditional
* Daily allowance is to be offered.
* In accordance with invitees' financial situation, travel expence, daily allowance and activities expence will be made based on the calculations specified by the Foundation rules.
●Professional and staff support: Available (attendant, production assistance)
●Opportunities for presentations/exhibitions: Available (presentations only)
* Fellows are required to report their activities carried out during the stay in Japan in any way within a year after leaving Japan.
●Publication and distribution of a program report: Not available
* Project archives are provided on the Website, newsletter “viewpoint
” and annual report of the foundation.
Selected by the executive board based on proposals
SAISON Artist in Residence, Visiting Fellow
The Saison Foundation
The Saison Foundation
Agency for Cultural Affairs “FY2016 Program for Promotion of International Cultural Exchange through Support for Artist in Residence Programs”
3-5-6 Morishita, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0004
TEL: +81-3-5624-5951 / FAX: +81-3-5624-5950
Studio A: 109.35 sq.m.
Studio B: 109.35 sq.m.
Studio C: 238.56 sq.m.
Studio S: 77.97 sq.m.
* Morishita Studio, which opened in Koto-ku, Tokyo in 1994, is a facility dedicated for theatrical and dance practice operated by the Saison Foundation. The main building consists of three studios with staff room and rocker room while the new annex includes guest rooms where artists and arts manager inside and outside Japan can stay, lounges where those related to theater and performing arts can gather, conference rooms and office spaces in addition to studios. The facilities are utilized as a venue for workshops, conferences, symposiums, performance practice and showing in response to request from fellows as a part of grant programs by the foundation.
●Exhibit Space: Available
* The Morishita Studio New Annex “Lounge”
* The Morishita Studio New Annex “Guest Room”
By train: Take “Toei Shinjuku” subway or “Toei Oedo” subway and get off at “Morishita” station; walk 5 minutes from A6 exit.
Following the opening of the Morishita Studio in 1994, this program was started as part of an independent production business designed to contribute to the creation of new values and the promotion of mutual understanding among people through art and cultural activities. In 2011, the Residence in Morishita Studio Visiting Fellows program was started. This program was aimed at expanding the international network of contemporary theater and dance and promoting mutual understanding. In the program, international artists and arts managers (producers, program directors, presenters, and curators, etc.) who are expected to play an important role in the performing art scenes, were invited and provided with support for their research concerning the circumstances, backgrounds and attractiveness of the Japanese contemporary theater and dance scenes. Based on these achievements, the Saison Artist in Residence program was started in 2016 in an effort to promote mutual cultural exchange among international artists and art groups.
Year of (Program) Commencement
To promote contemporary theater and dance in Japan and international exchange in these fields.
Visiting Fellow: This program aims at supporting research on the realities, backgrounds and appeal of contemporary Japanese theater and dance by inviting overseas-base artists and arts manager (producer, program director and curator) who are expected to play a pivotal role in expanding the worldwide network of contemporary theater and dance, and promoting mutual understanding.
* In addition to the above program, “JENESYS Programme (Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youth Invitation Programme for Creators)” was conducted in cooperation with the Japan Foundation in 2010 and 2011.
○ FY 1994: Four members from “Triangle Arts Program” (the residence and exchange program by American, Indonesian, and Japanese dancers and producers) were invited to Japan for a two-week residency and events such as meetings, workshops, presentation of short pieces, and discussions.
○ FY 1997: The second session of “Triangle Arts Program” was carried out. Four members visited Japan to hold meetings, workshops, presentation of short pieces, and discussions.
○ FY 2001: Five artists from Singapore were invited to stay for a month to produce a theatrical play “Dream Time in Morishita Studios” with Japanese artists.
○ FY 2005: Ong Keng Sen took up residency for a month to conduct research for a new piece, rehearse, and hold an exchange event with Japanese artists called “Artist Salon”.
○ FY 2006: Five artists from Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines were invited to stay for two weeks to work on a project with Japanese artists for a new theatrical piece on a theme of migrant workers including research, workshops, and trial performances at Theatre Tram in March 2007.
○ FY 2010: An artist from Malaysia visited Japan through “JENESYS Programme (Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youth Invitation Programme for Creators)”. The fellow conducted coproduction with choreographer and stage director Zan Yamashita and research on contemporary Japanese arts during his 6-week stay in Japan.
○FY2011: An artist from India visited Japan through “JENESYS Programme (Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youth Invitation Programme for Creators)”. The fellow conducted coproduction with stage director Madoka Okada (President of KADEN) and research on contemporary Japanese arts during her/his 2-month stay in Japan. Moreover, as an arts manager, Max-Philip Aschenbrenner, from Germany visited Japan through “Visiting Fellow”. The fellow observed the realities of Japanese culture, and conducted research on possibilities of future networking with Japan during her/his 2-week stay in Japan. Furthermore, as an arts manager, Koh Jooyoung, from Korea visited Japan and conducted research on contemporary Japanese performing artists.
○FY2012: Visiting Fellow: As an arts administrator, Cosmin Manolescu, was invited from Romania to conduct research for dance exchange project between Japan and Romania.
As an artist, Trajal Harrell, was invited from the United States to conduct joint research and study on dance.
As an arts administrator, Khadija El Bennaoi, was invited from Morocco/Belgium to conduct research for facilitating platform of international exchange on performing arts between Japan and Arab countries.
As an arts administrator, Hoo Kuan Cien, from Singapore was invited to conduct research for exchange between new generations in Japan and Singapore.
As an arts administrator, Dagmar Walser, from Liechtenstein/Switzerland was invited to conduct research for the situation of Japanese performing arts after the Great East Japan Earthquake.
As an arts administrator, Elisabetta Bisaro, from Italy/Ireland was invited to conduct research for Japanese dance scene and prospects for international exchange between Japan and Ireland.
○ FY 2013: As a “Visiting Fellow” artist, Jyoti Dogra visited Japan from India and conducted workshops and research for collaboration with the Theater Company ARICA. In addition, as a “Visiting Fellow” art manager, Zvonimir Dobrovic came to Japan from Croatia and conducted research on the experimental nature of Japanese modern drama and contemporary dance. From Poland, Anna Lewanowicz visited Japan to research on Japanese modern drama and contemporary dance that reflects modern society. Moreover, Helly Minarti visited Japan from Indonesia and conducted research on the present status of Japanese contemporary dance.
○ FY 2014: As a “Visiting Fellow” artist, Lim Jee-Ae came to Japan from South Korea and conducted research on the theme of Japanese and South Korean tradition and contemporary dance. Eyad Houssami, from a Syrian-American-French background, came to Japan and conducted research on the theme of new playwriting by minorities living in Japan. From the Philippines, Eisa Jocson came to Japan, conducted research on the theme of entertainment by Filipinos living in Japan, and presented the work in progress. Moreover, as a “Visiting Fellow” art manager, Mariana Arteaga came to Japan from Mexico and conducted research for dance interaction between Japan and Mexico.
○ FY 2015: As a Visiting Fellow artist, Mr. Wang Chong visited Japan from China and conducted research on Japanese multimedia theater. Mr. David Wampach came to Japan from France and conducted research on the theme of Shuji Terayama. As the arts manager of the Visiting Fellow program, Ms. Cynthia Edul visited Japan from Argentina and conducted research on the network, connections and collaboration between Latin America and Japan. Ms. Martine Dennewald visited Japan from Germany and conducted research regarding the curation of Japanese theater in Europe.
○Artists have collaborated with each other and have expanded their network during the residency.
○Theater and dance communities in Japan have had the opportunity to acquire new ideas and perceptions by sharing the process of production and other activities with the resident artists.
○The program has provided an opportunity to reconsider the issues in international relations through theater and dance.
○ 2013: The artists (one from India, one from Columbia ) and the arts managers (one from Croatia and one from Poland) will be invited under the "Visiting Fellow" program.
○The works created during the residency period have been presented at international festivals.
Anna Lewanowicz, Cosmin Manolescu, Cynthia Edul, Dagmar Walser, David Wampach, Eisa Jocson, El Bennauoi, Elisabetta Bisaro, Eyad Houssami, Fahmi Fadzil, Helly Minarti, Hoo Kuan Cien, JK Anicoche, Jooyoung Koh, Jyoti Dogra, Katia Arfara, Khadija, Lim Jee-Ae, Luis Garay Bacca, Mariana Arteaga, Martine Dennewald, Max-Philipp Achenbrenner, Pichet Klunchun, Savita Rani, Trajal Harrell, Wang Chong, Yana Thönnes, Zvonimir Dobrovic
The Saison Foundation
Kyobashi Yamamoto Bldg. 4F, 3-12-7 Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0031 Japan
TEL: +81-3-3535-5566/ FAX: +81-3-3535-5565
Contact Person: Taro Inamura, Atsuko Hisano
October 7, 2016