• Open Call:Available
  • Grant for travel expenses:Conditional
  • Grant for production:Conditional
  • Grant for living costs:Conditional
  • Support by staff or specialist:Available
  • Studio:Available
  • Exhibit Space:Available
  • Accommodation:Available
  • Exhibition or Open Studio:Available
  • Publication:Available

Focus Area(s):Perfomance  
* Contemporary dance

Months of Residency:2016/04 - 2017/03:Depends on the program

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Application Guideline

Focus Area(s)

* Contemporary dance

Residency Period / Application Period
●Residency Period: Decision will be made per program.
Number of Resident Artists
about 3 artists
Conditions / Provisions
●Age limit: No
●Specification of Countries: No
* Focusing on enhancing networks with Asian countries
* Depends on the program and the plan
●Traveling expense: Available
* Conditions of plan / coverage of supports vary from program to program.
●Production fee: Available
* Conditions of plan / coverage of supports vary from program to program.
●Living expense: Available
* Conditions of plan / coverage of supports vary from program to program.
●Professional and staff support: Available
* (language, specialities, etc.): English
●Opportunities for presentation/exhibitions: Available
* Depends on the contents of plans
●Publication and distribution of program report: Available
* Included in the annual report of DANCE BOX
Application Procedure
From FY 2012, the open call system has been adopted. Please note that in some years there will be no open call.
Screening Process
Decided by DANCE BOX staff

Facilities Information

Program Name
Administrative Organization
Nonprofit Organization DANCE BOX
Administrative Body
same as above
Grants from The Agency for Cultural Affairs, The Saison Foundation, Asahi Beer Arts Foundation
* Depends on programs
Facility Name
ArtTheater dB Kobe (Theater)
Facility Address
See "Inquiry"
Facility Description
●Studios: Available
* about 56 m2
●Exhibit Space: Available
* 8 meters wide and 7.2 meters depth
* Theater
●Accommodation: Available
Surrounding Environment
Nagata Ward is located in the central south of Kobe City, with a population of 100,000 people. The area has one of the largest Korea towns in Japan, as well as many authentic okonomiyaki and BBQ restaurants. The origin of “Sobameshi” fried rice and noodle is Nagata Ward. The district was seriously damaged by fire following Hanshin Awaji Earthquake. As part of the post-quake recovery efforts, a tall statue of Gigantor (or Testujin 28) was established in the south area adjacent to Shin-nagata Station, which is welcomed by the community as a new local symbol.
Eight minute walk from JR Shin Nagata Station
Required train time to reach Shin Nagata Station: approx. 70 minutes from Kyoto, approx.40 minutes from Osaka, and appox.15 minutes from Sannomiy
In Aril 1996, Dance Box Executive Committee was launched with its office in TORII Hall in Namba Sennichimae, Osaka. Dance Box started its activities with the “DANCE CIRCUS.1” performance. By March 2002, approximately 30 dance programs (including performance shows and workshops) were performed each year in TORII Hall. In August 2002, it obtained a non-profit corporation status. In the following October, “Art Theater dB” was established as part of the Shinsekai Arts Park in Festival Gate, an amusement park complex in Shinsekai, Osaka. The theater, constructed under the public sector and operated by the private sector, played a major role as one of Japan’s largest theaters that focus on contemporary dance and served as the birthplace of many new artists and dance pieces.
In July 2007, the theater was closed due to the closure of Festival Gate. Dance Box’s office was relocated to Higashi Yodogawa Ward, Osaka City in December 2007 to operate Studio dB from March 2008 to March 2009.
In April 2009, the office was relocated to Shin Nagata, Kobe where Art Theater dB Kobe was launched in collaboration with Kobe City (under the same scheme as Osaka Art Theater dB).
Year of (Program) Commencement
Program Objectives
Dance Box aims to create the environment that enriches local citizens’ quality of life through the application of dance art’s power, such as self-expression, communication, and cosmopolitanism, to today’s society; and use dance as a mean to develop children’s artistic and other sensitivities and create a culture-oriented community harmonious with nature.
Program Activities
The Artist-in-Residence program under the open call system was inaugurated in FY 2012. Please note that in some years there will be no open call. The program is occasionally conducted in conjunction with the Kobe-Asia Contemporary Dance Festival.
2005: 4 artists (Osaka Internatinal Works 2005)
2006: 9 artists (Osaka Internatinal Works 2006, OSAKA-Asia Contemporary Dance Festival2007)
2007: 1 artists (Pichet Klunchun Osaka Resident Program/Japan Tour)
2008: 3 artists (dB Phisical Arts Festival Osaka BABA)
2009: 7 artists (KOBE-Asia Contemporary Dance Festival #1, Osaka Resident Work by Arkadi Zaides)
2010:4 artists(Thikwa+Junkan Projekt)
2011:4 artists(KOBE-Asia Contemporary Dance Festival #2、DANCE BOX Resident Program)
2012:3 artists(DANCE BOX Resident Program)
2013:3 artists(KOBE-Asia Contemporary Dance Festival #3)
2014:2 artists(DANCE BOX Resident Program)
2015:3 artists(DANCE BOX Resident Program)
2015:3 artists(DANCE BOX Resident Program)
Past Residents
Arkadi Zaides, Be Wonder, Jecko Siompo, Kate Denborough, Pichet Klunchun
Nonprofit Organization DANCE BOX
4F. Asuta Kunizuka 4-bankan, 6-1 Kubo-cho, Nagata-ku, Kobe-shi 653-0041 Japan
TEL: +81-78-646-7044 / FAX: +81-78-646-7045
E-mail: mail(at)
Contact Person: Fumi YOKOBORI
Last modified
August 15, 2017