The Japan Foundation Presents Disability × Performing Arts Series 2017: With Claire Cunningham

The Japan Foundation presents the Disability x Performing Arts Series to follow up on the series held in 2016. The 2017 series features British choreographer and dancer Claire Cunningham and two events will be held to coincide with her first performance in Japan. Claire Cunningham, who was the subject of much interest at the “Unlimited” program at the 2012 Cultural Olympiad in the U.K. aimed at supporting activities of disabled artists, is performing throughout the world. She is not only making an attempt to change the existing nature of dance performance through her own disability but also looking ahead to changes in the art environment and society surrounding disability. Through dialogue with Claire, the Disability x Performing Arts Series 2017 aims to create opportunities for artistic innovation through performance inspired by physical disability.

  • 『Guide Gods』(2015)の写真
    Guide Gods (2015)
    ©Brian Hartley
  • 『The Way You Look at me Tonight』の写真
    The Way You Look at me Tonight
    ©www.hagolani.com.jpg

Overview of the Series 2017

《Workshop》Permission to Speak

Dates Monday, January 30 -Tuesday, January 31, 2017
1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. (Two-day workshop)
Instructor Claire Cunningham (Choreographer/Dancer)
Participation fee Free/Advance registration required
Description For two days, a workshop that incorporates exercises exploring body movement and the techniques developed through the practices of Claire herself will be held. This workshop places greater weight on its process than achievement.
  • Day 1: Through exercises aimed at building communication skills and trust, we learn about inclusive body movement and communication with performance partners.
  • Day 2: Based on the exercises from Day 1, we explore words and voices, and examine the relationship between one’s body and one’s vocabulary.
Participating eligibility Participants must be 16 years or older. They must have experience performing using bodily expression and wish to try to perform with people with physical disabilities, regardless of whether they have physical disabilities themselves.
How to register The application is closed as the number of applicants has reached the capacity. We will not accept any guest other than the registered participants.
Please register by e-mail, phone, or fax and provide the following information:
  1. (1) Name
  2. (2) Contact information: e-mail, phone, or fax (whichever means you find most suitable)
  3. (3) Performing experience using bodily expression
  • ※ Those who wish to participate for both days will take precedence. If you wish to participate partially please contact the Japan Foundation in advance.
  • ※ All participants will be contacted by the Japan Foundation on the day before the event.
  • ※ Participants who have physical disabilities and need assistance are requested to inform the organizer of this when making their registration. Please register well in advance so that the organizer can make arrangements to provide the required assistance.
Venue KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theatre Large Studio
Address: 281,Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
Tel: +81-(0)45-633-6500 (10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.)
[Minatomirai Line] 5-minute walk from Exit 3 of Nihon-ōdōri Station
[Minatomirai Line] 8-minute walk from Exit 1 of Motomachi-Chūkagai Station
[Yokohama Municipal Subway Blue Line] 14-minute walk from Kannai Station
[JR Negishi Line] 14-minute walk from Kannai Station or Ishikawacho Station
Access Map
※ At Nihon-ōdōri Station, there is an elevator at Exit 1.
※ Parking space is available at KAAT. For more information, please contact KAAT.
Organized by The Japan Foundation
Cooperated by British Council
Supported by Creative Scotland

《Discussion Session》What Does Physical Disability Bring to Arts and Society?

Date Wednesday, February 1, 2017
7:00 p.m. -9:30 p.m.
Speaker Speaker: Claire Cunningham (Choreographer/Dancer)
Moderator: Satoru Kimura (Associate Professor at Japan Women's University/Researcher in Aesthetics/Director of BONUS)
Admission Free/All unreserved seating (wheelchair space available)/Prior booking required
Description In this session, Claire Cunningham, who is living in society after the 2012 London Paralympics, will give audience an opportunity to contemplate how to view the world and the environment surrounding the arts from now until 2020 and beyond. She will present her artistic endeavors that have impacted and cast doubt on the way we look at the world, and speak about the aesthetic and social dialogues she has given rise to as an artist with physical disabilities. In the latter half of the session, the moderator will lead a discussion based on questions from the audience.
※Languages: Japanese and English (simultaneous interpretation available). Japanese sign language interpretation and notetaking are also available.
How to register The application is closed as the number of applicants has reached the capacity. We will accept unreserved guests only if there are cancellations.
Please register by e-mail, phone or fax and provide the following information:
  1. (1) Name
  2. (2) Contact information : e-mail, phone, or fax (whichever means you find most suitable)
  3. (3) Number of people
  • ※ Those who have physical disabilities and need assistance are requested to inform the organizer of this when making their application. Please register well in advance so that the organizer can make arrangements to provide the required assistance.
  • ※ Registration will close upon reaching full capacity.
Venue The Japan Foundation Hall [Sakura]
Address: 4-4-1 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Tel: +81-(0)3-5369-6061 (Monday through Friday,
10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.)
[Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line] 3-minute walk from Yotsuya-Sanchome Station
Access Map(Headquarters Main Building)
※ There is an elevator at Exit 2.
※ No parking space available at the venue of the event.
Organized by The Japan Foundation
Cooperated by British Council
Supported by Creative Scotland

Claire Cunningham

Photo of Claire Cunningham
©Colin Mearns

Claire Cunningham is a performer and creator of multi-disciplinary performance based in Glasgow, Scotland. One of the U.K.’s most acclaimed and internationally renowned disabled artists, Cunningham’s work is often rooted in the study and use/misuse of her crutches and the exploration of the potential of her own specific physicality with a conscious rejection of traditional dance techniques (developed for non-disabled bodies) or the attempt to move with the pretense of a body or aesthetic other than her own. A self-identifying disabled artist, Cunningham’s work combines multiple art forms and ranges from the intimate solo show ME (Mobile/Evolution) (2009), to the large ensemble work 12 made for Candoco Dance Company. In 2014, she created a new solo: Give Me a Reason to Live, inspired by the work of Dutch medieval painter Hieronymus Bosch and the role of beggars/cripples in his work, and the full length show Guide Gods, looking at the perspectives of the major Faith traditions towards the issue of disability. She is a former Artist-in–Residence at the Women of the World Festival at the Southbank, London and of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queens. In 2016, she was the Artist in Residence with Perth International Arts Festival, Australia and Associate Artist at Tramway, Glasgow, and she has recently been awarded an Unlimited Commission for a new duet, The Way You Look (at me) Tonight with choreographer Jess Curtis which has now toured in the U.K., U.S.A., and Germany.

 

Satoru Kimura

Photo of Satoru Kimura

Born in 1971 in Togane, Chiba Prefecture, Satoru Kimura is an associate professor at Japan Women’s University. His specialties are aesthetics and dance studies. For over 15 years he has been a critic of dance and other performing arts. He mainly writes reviews for publications such as Bijutsu Techo and artscape. His essays include “Odorukoto to Mierukoto: Hijikata Tatsumi no Butohron wo Megutte” [To Dance and to See: On the Butoh Theory of Hijikata Tatsumi] (2003, received a prize at an art criticism essay competition organized by Bijutsu Shuppan-Sha) and publications include Mirai no Dansu wo Kaihatsu suru: Fijikaru Aato Seorii Nyuumon [Developing Dances of the Future: Introduction to Physical Art Theory] (2010). Since 2014, he has served as director of BONUS , a platform for dance creations. So far BONUS has held three events (Cho-renketsu Creation) and carried out activities designed to promote fresh dance creations by providing contemporary themes to dance artists. 

《Related Event》

Claire Cunningham Dance Performance
Give Me a Reason to Live
Dates Saturday, February 4, 2017 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 5, 2017 2:00 p.m.
Venue KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theater Large Studio
Organized by British Council
Partnered by KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theater
Cooperated by The Japan Foundation
Reference KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theater  http://www.kaat.jp/english/
Tel: +81-(0)45-633-6500(10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.)

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