Choreographers Participating in the International Dance Competition

Competition for Japanese Choreographers

Mitsutake KASAI
Mitsutake KASAI
Kasai began dance in 1997 under the guidance of Kohta Yamazaki. In 1998, he began performing solo recitals. In January 2000, he performed in "Ymir" at "Personalities in the Borderless Age : From Ballet to Butoh" (Aichi Prefectual Arts Theater). Since 2001, he has collaborated with Naoka Uemura in performing various works. In 2004, he performed at Setagaya Art Museum and, in 2005 at the same museum. In June he participated in a duo performance of "I. distance.I" with Naoka Uemura at Korea-Japan Friendship in Dance 2005. His father is Akira Kasai, one of the founders of butoh dance.

白井剛
Tsuyoshi SHIRAI
Under construction

Mikuni YANAIHARA
Mikuni YANAIHARA
Yanaihara won an NHK prize and a special prize at a national high school dance competition. She studied dance at college. After graduating, she entered film school. In 1997 she founded a company called Nibroll for artists in different fields, such as film, music, fashion, lighting and visual arts. They performed at both domestic and international festivals, such as Avignon Festival's OFF section, San Francisco Butoh Festival, and Laokoon Theatre Festival in Hambourg. In 2002, Yanaihara won the National Council Award at the Yokohama Platform of the Rencontres Choreographiques International de Seine-Saint-Denis. In 2003, she went to New York as an Asian Cultural Council scholarship recipient.

Competition for Overseas Choreographers

Shlomi Bitton
Shlomi Bitton
Bitton was born in Acco, Israel, which is a city known for the theater. In 1998, he began studying dance at the MASPA School of Kibbutz Ga'aton, where the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company is based, where he choreographed works such as "Last Breath" and "Who's for this name?" Since then, he participated in a number of international festivals. In October 2004, he was selected to participate in the Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative, sponsored by the Rolex Company. He was one of four finalists culled from a pool of candidates from thirty-three countries. The examiner was Saburo Teshigawara. In 2004, he won the prize for the young artist by the Israeli Ministry of Culture. Bitton is one of the most highly acclaimed young dancers and choreographers in Israel.

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Damien Jalet
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui & Damien Jalet
Cherkaoui was born in Antwerp, Belgium. His father was an immigrant from Morocco and he grew up in Muslim culture. He studied at PARTS, directed by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, the Choreographer of Rosas, and in 1995 he received the first prize for 'the Best Belgan Dance Solo' in Ghent, in a competition launched by Alain Platel. Subsequently, he began working as a choreographer affiliated with Les Ballet C. de la B. In 2001, he presented his first choreography, "Rien de Rien," which met with high praise. Subsequently, he performed his works, including "Foi" and "Tempus fugit." Cherkaoui has created new works for performance for major theaters and festivals worldwide. He has earned a reputation as one of the most sought after young choreographers in the world.
Jalet was born in Belgium. Following a theatre course at the 'INSAS' in Brussels, he trained intensively different dance techniques in Belgium and New York. After appearing in pieces by choreographers such as Wim Vandekeybus, he appeared as a principle dancer with Les Ballets C. de la B. in pieces by Cherkaoui such as "Rien de Rien" and "Foi." Jalet received high acclaim worldwide for his performance as a choreographer and dancer at the 40th memorial of Schaubuhne Berlin. Today Jalet still acts as a right arm for Cherkaoui, but also choreographs works of his own, as well as performing workshops and the like.

Jacki Job
Jacki Job
Job was born in South Africa. She studied at Jazzart Dance Theatre School in Cape Town, and she began working for the affiliated company as a dancer. In 1995, she began working as a freelance choreographer and won the award for the best female dancer - FNB/Vita award. Subsequently, Job was invited to perform at festivals throughout Europe and America. In 2002, she was asked to choreograph a piece for a celebratory event in honor of Nelson Mandela at Royal Carre Theatre in Amsterdam, where she danced solo for the audience including Nelson Mandela and the Dutch royal family. Today, Job is internationally-active; she has been invited to participate in many events, including an international dance conference in Portugal. Job also holds workshops for people who are physically impaired and for children. In 2005, she received a scholarship from the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs and is now living in Japan.

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