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.
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
Emily Wakeling is a writer and curator with experience in Japan, the UK and Australia. In Tokyo, she worked as an editor for Tokyo Art Beat and as an adjunct lecturer at Joshibi University of Art & Design and Kanagawa University. She was the Assistant Curator for the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art. Her art writing has been included in numerous art journals including Eyeline Contemporary Visual Arts, Art Monthly Australasia, ArtAsiaPacific and ArtReview Asia. Emily is currently undertaking a PhD at Queensland University of Technology.
Music critic, writes about music and the culture surrounding it for publications including iD-Japan, Eureka, OTOTOY, Mikiki, ele-king, The Sign Magazine, and Jazz The New Chapter. His younger brother is New Japan Pro-Wrestling wrestler Tetsuhiro Yagi.