Daisuke Muto is Associate Professor of Dance Studies and Aesthetics at Gunma Prefectural Women’s University, and also an independent dance critic and a choreographer. His research interests are global history of dance with a focus on the 20th-century Asia, and theory of choreography. He is the co-author of Choreography and Corporeality, 2016, and History of Ballet and Dance(in Japanese), 2012. His papers include “What Happens When Contemporary Artists Learn Folk Performing Arts” in Bulletin of Gunma Prefectural Women’s University, No.38, 2017, and “Stepping into Ecology of a Dance” in Bulletin of Gunma Prefectural Women’s University, No.39, 2018. Muto is the program director for international exchange division at Sanriku International Arts Festival.
Nobuaki Doi (1981, Tokyo) has worked as a curator, researcher, and critic in the field of animation. Since 2015, he has been working as Festival Director for New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival, the only animation festival held inside a terminal building of an airport. He founded a distribution company New Deer and published two books on animation: Personal Harmony: Yuri Norstein and the Aesthetic of Contemporary Animation (Film Art Sha, 2016) and Introduction to the Animation in the 21st Century. (Film Art Sha, 2017).