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Ayako Takahashi

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. Presently focuses on opera and ballet in “Kaibutsutachi no dendo” in Theater Guide, and serially introduces “plays to see with the ears” in the web magazine “ONTOMO” (https://ontomo-mag.com/tag/mimi-kara-miru/). First prize winner at the 10th Japan Dance Critics’ Award.

Chiaki Sakaguchi

Art writer and editor. She also works as an art coordinator in many exhibitions and projects. The editorial staff of RealTokyo.

Chie Sumiyoshi 住吉智恵
Chie Sumiyoshi

Born in Tokyo. Graduated Keio University Faculty of Literature, Department of Philosophy, aesthetics and art history major. Since 1990s, She has been at the forefront of the Japanese art scene as a writer / art journalist / art producer. 2003 spring, launched an art bar TRAUMARIS in Roppongi, was moved to Ebisu NADiff building, as an alternative space TRAUMARIS where art exhibitions, live performances, food and drink can be enjoyed. After closed the space, is currently involved in various art activities beyond the boundaries of the genre as an art producer. A jury for Yokohama Dance Collection’s competition from 2011 to 2016. A producer of Dance and Nursery!! Project since 2016. Established RealJapan project as a co-director. http://www.traumaris.jp   Photo by Mari Katayama

Chihiro Minato港 千尋
港 千尋
Chihiro Minato

Photographer and critic, born in 1960. Professor at Tama Art University, Department of Information Design, and member of the Institute for Art Anthropology. A specialist in visual anthropology, his activities connect various types of media, including photography, text, and video installation. Has worked with, published on and curated themes such as memory, movement, and the masses, and directed international exhibitions in both Japan and elsewhere. Served as the commissioner of the Japanese pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2007 and as Artistic Director of the Aichi Triennale2016.

Daisuke Muto

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.      

DJ Sniff
dj sniff

dj sniff (Takuro Mizuta Lippit) is a musician and curator in the field of experimental electronic arts and improvised music. His musical work builds upon a distinct practice that combines DJing, instrument design, and free improvisation and has performed at various venues and festivals around the world. He was Artistic Director of STEIM (2007-12) in Amsterdam and Visiting Assistant Professor at School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong (2012-17), and since 2014 Co-Director of AMF, a festival focused on emerging experimental and improvised music form Asia. He is now based in Tokyo.