Received a Master’s Degree (in theater studies and dance) from Waseda University, Graduate School of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Active as a writer mainly on topics related to contemporary theater, traditional performing arts, ballet, dance, musical and opera. She currently writes regularly for the online magazine Ontomo, focusing on theatre from an auditory perspective (“Mimi kara miru butai,” https://ontomo-mag.com/tag/mimi-kara-miru/), the ballet magazine Swan Magazine (“Bare fan ni okuru opera mangekyo”), and the ballet-focused online publication Ballet Channel (“Suteji kosaten,” https://balletchannel.jp/genre/ayako-takahashi). First prize winner at the 10th Japan Dance Critics’ Award.
Theater critic. Born in Gifu Prefecture in 1978, Takahashi is an associate professor in the Drama Course at Toho Gakuen College of Drama and Music and holds part-time lecturer positions at several institutions, including Japan Women’s University and Tama Art University. He serves as a lecturer in the Critique of Performing Arts series given at Setagaya Public Theatre and in the Za Koenji Creative Theatre Academy. He has regular columns in the Teatro and Tosho Shinbun (The Book Review Press) magazines, and has held fellowships with the Asian Cultural Council (in 2013) and the Shiba Ryotaro Memorial Foundation (6th).
Tamatsuka Mitsuru was born in Tokyo, Japan. Following his work as Producer for “Dentōgeinō no wakaki shishitachi” (The Young Lions of Traditional Arts), he directed the short film “Firewater” in New York, and worked as movement coach for the hanamichi runway in the Bessie award-winning contemporary dancer’s work, “A Page Out of Order: M,” and continued to act as a conduit for numerous and various international artistic collaborations. Through the collaborative production team Sagi Tama, launched in 2013, as well as his own company Tama Pro, launched in 2016, Tamatsuka continues to develop his practice of combining performance and film.
Photographer / Filmmaker / Writer
April 1991~March 1993 Tokyo Polytechnic University Cause of Photography Since 1997, Takahashi Shinichi has worked as a photographer in magazines, books, CD jackets, etc. As a writer, He is doing vigorous writing activities from music fields such as jazz and world music to travel books and person reportage.
In 2015 he directed the documentary film ‘Cu-Bup’. He playing a triple role in this film, Producer / Filmmaker / Cinematographer.
It was selected as the official selection of ‘PAN AFRICAN FILM FES’ Los Angeles, USA in February 2015. Despite being an independent film shot in Cuba, the world premiere screening has been achieved in Los Angeles, the United States where there was no diplomatic relationship with Cuba. In the following June 2015, The American Film Institute was elected to the opening screening at the film festival ‘D.C. Caribbean Film FES’ to be held in Washington, D.C.
In November 2017, the documentary film ‘THE FOOLS’ which recorded the legendary underground rock band is scheduled to be released.
Tabaimo debuted in 1999 with the animation-incorporating installation “Japanese Kitchen,” her graduation project at Kyoto University of Art and Design, which won the Kirin Contemporary Art Grand Prize. She has displayed her work at several international art exhibitions, from the inaugural Yokohama Triennale in 2001 to the 2011 Venice Biennale, where she was the representative artist at the Japan Pavilion. She has worked on stage-related collaborations in recent years, and in 2016 held an extensive solo exhibition themed on the concept of “Utsushi” at the Seattle Art Museum. Tabaimo provided the illustrations for Shuichi Yoshida’s novel “Kokuho” (“National Treasure”), which was serialized in the morning edition of the Asahi Shimbun newspaper from January 2017 to May 2018, and displayed her first oil paintings at a 2019 solo exhibition held at the Pola Museum Annex in Ginza. “Sabi kara deta mi” (“Fruits borne out of rust”), a work of performance and video art conceived and directed by Tabaimo, toured the United States in February and March 2020. She is currently working on another piece of performance art together with a circus performer based in France.
Assistant Curator at The Ueno Royal Museum. Has been in charge of the exhibitions “Art of our time” (2008), “Masterpieces of Arts and Crafts in the Prince Arisugawa and Prince Takamatsu Families” (2013), “Cutting-Edge Japanese Video Works: The Daisuke Miyatsu Collection” (2015), “From Edo to Tokyo: The Ueno Royal Museum Ukiyo-e Collection (2015-2016), “KANEUJI Teppei: Symbols Are Not Symbols © MATSUDA Aoko” (2017), “Utagawa Hiroshige’s ‘Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji’ and ukiyo-e in the last days of the Tokugawa Shogunate and the Meiji Era” (2017), and “Sosaku-hanga and Shin-hanga: Japanese Modern Prints from The Ueno Royal Museum Collection“ (2018) among others.
Art critic and scholar. Nakao holds a PhD in art and writes criticism on modern and contemporary art. He takes a particular interest in the connections between living (or non-art) and creative practice from the perspective of chess, one of Marcel Duchamp’s favorite pastimes, and is the author of Marcel Duchamp and Chess (Heibonsha, 2017). He is co-author and editor of Sports/Art (Shinwasha, 2020), and has curated exhibitions including “Medium and Dimension: Liminal” (held at Kakinosou in Tokyo, 2022). Nakao is a part-time lecturer at Joshibi University of Art and Design, Tama Art University, Tokyo University of the Arts, Tokyo Institute of Technology, and Rikkyo University. https://nakaotakuya.com
Architectural historian and critic, was born in 1967 in Paris. Professor at Tohoku University. Commissioner for Japan pavilion at the Venice Biennale of architecture 2008. Artistic director of Aichi Triennale 2013 Publications include “Contemporary Japanese architects : Profiles in design”, “Architecture and Music” etc.
Dance critic. Having studied at the Department of Performance Studies, Graduate School, New York University, he is currently Professor Emeritus, Keio University. His main fields of expertise are rituals, shamanism and performing arts in Asia, and new forms of innovative expressions after post-modern dance. He has been a judge at the Toyota Choreography Award, Asahi Performing Arts Award, Cairo International Experimental Theater Festival, and the Wifi Body Festival (Manila) among others. Publications include Sexuality of Transvestism, Shintai no rinkai-ten, Danso-ron, A Filmology of the Circus and Polysexual Love.
Tengal is an intermedia artist, researcher, and cultural producer. He has been involved in research-based production bridging art, technology, music, and society in Manila and Southeast Asian region since 2005. He founded the art organization SABAW Media Art Kitchen in Manila as a curatorial platform that initiated the Philippines’ first international media art festival and symposium, WSK Festival of the Recently Possible. He curated the INTERSTICES: Manifolds of The In-between exhibition with the Japan Foundation Asia Center and last Feb 2018 was the guest director for「self-reflexivity: Thinking Media and Digital Articulations」exhibition for MeCA | Media Culture in Asia: A Transnational Platform, a Media art festival in Tokyo. Tengal was a recipient of the Asia Center Fellowship for Cultural and Intellectual Research, where he spent 6 months traveling all over Japan. In 2018, Tengal co-created the international platform Nusasonic, a creative collaboration between YES NO KLUB (Yogyakarta), WSK Festival of The Recently Possible (Manila), Playfreely/BlackKaji (Singapore), CTM Festival (Berlin) and Goethe Institut Southeast Asia. wsk.io