Kick-off Meeting (October 22, 2012, ANTEROOM KYOTO)

An assembly and related events for the establishment of “Open Network for Performing Arts Management,” a membership network that shall define and diffuse the social roles of contemporary performing arts. It shall also propose and advocate cultural policy, and consequently contribute to the benefit of performing arts and society as a whole, by having individual “performing arts managers” who connect artists / artistic groups and audience build and organically sustain national and international network.

In addition to the establishment assembly of the members, an explanatory meeting on the establishment and symposia on topics that are related to the activities of the Network are held as a joint project with Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama (TPAM in Yokohama) to exchange opinions with participants from across Japan and the world.


Feb 13 (Wed) 14:30–18:00
Feb 14 (Thu) 10:30–15:15
Yokohama Creativecity Center (YCC) 3F


Organized by: Perfoming Arts Presenters’ Network Meeting (tentative title) Preparation Committee
Co-organized by: Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama 2013 Executive Committee
Supported by: The Saison Foundation
Contact: The Secretariat of Perfoming Arts Presenters’ Network Meeting (tentative title) Preparation Committee (Japan Center, Pacific Basin Arts Communication) 03-5724-4660


Feb 13 (Wed)
Explanatory Meeting on Open Network for Performing Arts Management

With Japanese–English simultaneous interpretation
Admission free

This meeting will explain the aim and system of this network, and what it palns to do. If you are interested in participating in this network, please feel free to attend the meeting.

Symposium vol.1 “What is open network?”

Speakers: Henk Keizer (Treasurer, IETM), Renata Petroni (Director, International Programs, National Performance Network), Sadayuki Higuchi (Secretary-General, Arts NPO Link), Jisun Park (Creative Producer, AsiaNow) and others
With Japanese–English simultaneous interpretation
Admission: ¥500 (TPAM Pass holders: admission free)

When we try to talk about what network is, we realise there are countless numbers of variations according to the background of members and its goal. In order to think about what this network aims for, the symposium will be looking at the cases in Europe, where the open network for contemporary performing arts has been running for many years, in the US, Asia and in Japan, with the speakers who are actually practising network activities in those regions.

Feb 14 (Thu)
Establishment Assembly

Appointment of the board (directors and inspectors) / Approval to 2013 project master plan / Approval to 2013 budget
Admittance granted only to the members of Open Network for Performing Arts Management (membership available at door)

Symposium vol.2 “Analysis of ‘Theatre Law’ — Understanding of the Current Situation and Consideration of the Possibility of Using It”

Speaker: Hiroshi Takagi (Vice Director, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre), Yoneya Naoko (Japan Council of Performers Rights & Performing Arts Organizations [GEIDANKYO]) and others
With Japanese–English simultaneous interpretation
Admission: ¥500 (TPAM Pass holders: admission free)

Law on Activation of Theatre and Music Hall, known as “Theatre Law”, has been discussed for many years and was finally enacted last year. This marks the first step in officially recognising the socialisation of theatre in Japan. However, it is expected to take a long time to put this law into practise. By conducting a thorough analysis of this law, the symposium will be a place to think about the relationship between theatre and society.

Symposium vol.1 “What is open network?” speakers’ profiles

Henk Keizer
After his study Henk Keizer became managing director of the theatre companies Trajekt Theatre and later on of Dogtroep (1999–2004). Both companies produced site specific works worldwide.
He worked from 1996 till 1999 as managing director of the Oerol Festival, one of the main site specific festivals in Europe. In 2005 he was managing director of a new cultural program Vrede van Utrecht and became program manager in 2008. Managing director of two candidate cities for European Capital of Culture in 2018 (since 2004 in Utrecht and since 2010 in Friesland / Leeuwarden) for the last eight years. Since 2010 he is treasurer of the IETM, the international network for contemporary performing arts based in Brussels. He has been a member for about 15 years. Keizer lives in the Netherlands, on the island of Terschelling.

Renata Petroni
Renata Petroni has developed cultural exchange programs and international partnerships since 1980, first as Director of the National Performance Network and The Suitcase Fund, two programs of Dance Theater Workshop in New York City and later as Director of Projects and Partnerships at Arts International. Following her engagement at the Universal EXPO 92 in Seville, Spain, she founded Two Moon, an international production company which produced and toured new works by contemporary U.S. and European artists. Ms. Petroni is currently the Director of International Programs at the National Performance Network, designed to increase artistic exchange and knowledge building between the United States, Latin America and Asia.


Sadayuki Higuchi
Art administrator. He established ARTS STAFF NETWORK in 1999, and since then has engaged in diverse art projects. In charge of the secretariat of the first Nationwide Arts NPO Forum in Kobe in 2003. Arts NPO Link was established in 2004, and he was appointed secretary-general. He also works with the secretariat of NAMURA ART MEETING ’04-’34 and as an executive director of Arts NPO Link.

Jisun PARK
Founder and creative producer of AsiaNow. Jisun rejoined AsiaNow recently after working at international development dept. of KAMS (Korea Arts Management Service), responsible for PAMS (Performing Arts Market in Seoul) and implementing strategies to develop international market for Korean theatre, dance and music companies from 2009 to 2012. She worked as a head of programming and a general manager for festivals including Chuncheon International Mime Festival, Seoul Performing Arts Festival and ASSITEJ from 2000 to 2009. In 2005, she founded AsiaNow with Kyu Choi and stared to make a journey to the world with Korea’s leading contemporary theatre companies including Yohangza Theatre Company and Sadari Movement Laboratory. Her passion is to accompany, communicate and blaze a trail with artists and her colleagues in creative way.

Symposium vol.2 “Analysis of ‘Theatre Law’ speakers’ profiles

Hiroshi Takahagi
Born in Tokyo in 1953, Hiroshi Takahagi graduated from the Faculty of Letters, the University of Tokyo, and studied in the Arts Administration program at the Teachers College, Columbia University. He was one of the founder members of Yume no Yumin Sha (Dreaming Playing Sleeping Company). Since leaving the Company in 1989, he has been involved in the administration of many fairs and festivals, including the Japan Festival in the United Kingdom in 1991, the Tokyo Theater Fair, and the Tokyo International Theatre Festival (TITF). He is a former manager of the Panasonic Globe Theatre, a former general producer at the Setagaya Public Theatre, and currently the vice director of the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (TMeT) and also a guest professor at Tama Art University. He has published several books including Boku to Engeki to Yume no Yumin Sha (published by Nikkei Publishing Inc.).

Naoko Yoneya
Graduated from Waseda University in 1984. After working as an editor of theatre magazines and a freelance theatre journalist, obtained Postgraduate Diploma in Arts Administration and MA in Arts Criticism at City University London. Took part in the establishment of Keio University Art Center in 1993, and studied at Columbia University in the U.S. as a guest researcher. Working at Japan Council of Performers Rights & Performing Arts Organizations (GEIDANKYO) since 1996, she has engaged in infrastructure improvement through researches and studies on performing arts, policy advocacy and personnel trainings. Among her books are Engeki wa Shigoto ni Narunoka : Engeki no Keizaiteki Sokumen to sono Mirai (published by Sairyusha, 2011).