TPAM in Yokohama 2014.02.08 - 02.16

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Katsuhiro Ohira Direction

I tried to do what I thought was impossible at ST Spot in the past two TPAM Direction programs of mine, but this time I would like to reconsider what is possible at my home ground. ST Spot is a tiny “theatre” with the minimum space and facilities. Artists have to thoroughly look into themselves and learn how to control and make use of the space in order to set off for a journey to the world of their pieces. They sometimes return to the space and confirm where they stand. This circulation becomes mental food, a place for training and the value of the space for the artists. We witness that process everyday and watch the changes that occur every moment, without too much intervention, but not ignoring either, basically affirming everything as it is, because it is impossible to judge the values instantly. However, we try to present a direction in programming as much as we can. I think the judgements are not based on experience or information; they involve both intuitions and what betrays the intuitions.

Katsuhiro Ohira DirectionKatsuhiro Ohira
(Director, ST Spot)
Born in Osaka in 1971. After working as a reader and lecturer at a university and professional school, he started to work at ST Spot in 2006 and engaged in the establishment of Steep Slope Studio. The director of ST Spot since 2008, he has been programming with a focus on contemporary dance and organizing training programs for young artists and workshops for audience development. Recently he has also been working on international exchange projects including artist-in-residence.

Kim Itoh × Zan Yamashita

Kim Ito and Zan Yamashita

Photo: Zan Yamashita

ST Spot

2.11 Tue 19:00
2.12 Wed 16:00/20:00*
2.13 Thu 15:00/19:00

*Only for TPAM registrants

Kim Itoh led the Japanese dance scene since the 1990s, and after traveling across the world as a backpacker from 2005 to 2006, he suddenly declared that he would stop creating his own works. Zan Yamashita, based in the Kansai area, has developed original methodologies and constantly been presenting his works at ST Spot in recent years. These two artists collect words and movements that float in society and weave them into a temporal and spatial density.

Directed and choreographed by: Zan Yamashita
Performer: Kim Itoh

Kim Itoh


Kim Itoh

Studied under the butoh dancer Anzu Furukawa in 1987. Founded Kim Itoh + the Glorious Future in 1995. Won a prize at the Bagnolet International Choreography Competition in 1996, the Terayama Shuji Award of the Asahi Performing Arts Award in 2001, and Yokohama Award for Art and Cultural Encouragement in 2008. Set off for a travel across the world as a backpacker in 2005, and disbanded the Glorious Future in 2011. He has been workshopping and choreographing for young students, producing “Oyaji Cafe” where oyaji (middle-aged men) dance and serve, and a guest professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design.

Zan Yamashita


Zan Yamashita

Choreographer / performance maker. Among his works are It is written there that asks audience to turn the pages of a 100-page book and watch the stage in turn, It’s just me, coughing in which “inhale” and “exhale” signs and text from haikus on a screen correspond with a body, The Sailors where performers dance on a swaying stage, Daikoshin in which he murmurs about phenomena in the world on a real railroad track, It is something like a garden which is a network of communication using abandoned rubbish.

Yukina Sakai × Momoko Shiraga

Yukina Sakai and Momoko Shiraga

Photo: Kazuyuki Matsumoto

Stick & uS!!

ST Spot

2.15 Sat 17:00/20:00*
2.16 Sun 14:00/18:00

*Reserved for TPAM registrants

By making the team composition and technical specification as simple as possible, we improved the mobility of the pieces and aimed to have audience and the creators enjoy dance itself. The contents are based on an idea that the motivations of movements should be external so that the pieces extensively intervene into others. These two solo pieces by the two choreographers, choreographed for each other, were premiered at Kanagawa Arts Theatre in October 2013. In this direction they deepen the concepts and present their updated worldview.

Choreographed and performed by: Yukina Sakai, Momoko Shiraga

Yukina Sakai

Photo: Kenichi Aikawa

Yukina Sakai

Having established reputation for her flexible and subtle expression, she has appeared in a variety of pieces while constantly creating her own pieces with unique spatial qualities since 2007. She has also been active in genre-crossing projects including theatre, music video, architecture, fine art, choreography for and appearance in advertisements. She was given the Future Prize of the 60th Kanagawa Cultural Award. A support artist of Steep Slope Studio in 2013.

Momoko Shiraga

Photo: Momo Kitagawa

Momoko Shiraga

Founded Momonga Complex in 2005. Receiving praise for her choreography and direction that employ senselessness and uselessness to create unique spaces, the company was selected as one of the Kirarink☆Companies and was based at KIRARI#9734;FUJIMI Cultural Centre of Fujimi City from April 2008 to March 2011. They have also been presenting short pieces and such events as Yokohama Triennale 2008 and Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale 2009. A support artist of Steep Slope Studio in 2013.

舞台芸術AIRミーティング@TPAM & ショーケース in 京都(2012)

IETM Asia Satellite Meeting (Tokyo, 2008)
Performing Arts Presenters’ Network Conference (2009)
IETM Asia Satellite Meeting (Yokohama, 2011)
TPAMiY Summer Session(2011)
Performing Arts AIR Meeting@TPAM (2012)
Performing Arts AIR Meeting@TPAM & Showcase in Kyoto (2012)


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• IETMアジア・サテライト・ミーティング(2011)
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Upon the Earthquake Disaster (March 24, 2011)

Weekly@Arts Management (Korean, Japanese and English)
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