Benrido, Overseas Division Director
Taka Kawachi has extensive international experience, having graduated from the Academy of Art University of San Francisco, to then working in New York City as a book editor and curator for 15 years. Returning to Japan in 2011, and Kawachi published his first book Art no Iriguchi (Entrance to the Arts, on American Art) followed by his second publication on European Art released in 2016. His publications illustrate his experiences of art and photography and offers readers an opportunity to engage with the history and subjects of both regions from his unique point of view. He is currenlty the Director of the Overseas Division of Kyoto’s Benrido, working to disseminate the classic and rare photographic process of Collotype.
■Dance critic and a director of Japan Dance Plug Co. Ltd.
■Contribution:”Monthly BRAVO（my own serial page）”,”DANCE MAGAZINE”,”ASAHI SHIMBUN(Newspaper)”
■Book list：”PERFECT GUIDE BOOK of Contemporary Dance”,”Dance Bible” and more.
■Festival Advisor, Jury of Competition：”Dance New Air”,”Fukuoka Dance Fringe Festival”,”Hokkaido Dance Project”,”Odoru AKITA”,”Dancers’ Nest”,”El Sur Foundation ”,”Tokyo Metropolitan Theater ”,”Seoul International Choreograph Festival”,”New Dance for Asia（Seoul） & Asian Solo & Duo Challenge for MASDANZA”
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.
Music writer, radio DJ and university lecturer. Studied composing and musicology at Tokyo College of Music, and is currently involved particularly with classical music, contemporary music, jazz, and film music. He writes for a wide range of publications, including Intoxicate, Latina, Record Geijutsu, Bravo, and Kyoiku Ongaku, and has contributed to Jazz The New Chapter 5, given lectures at the New Japan Philharmonic’s regular Ruby concerts, written music commentary for major orchestras in Tokyo, and has a weekly 4-hour live show on the Ottava internet radio station.
Photo: Taira Tairadate
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.