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Artist Support Project #TuneUpforECoC

In order to encourage artists who are continuing their activities despite the various restrictions imposed by the pandemic, and who are seeking to expand their activities in Europe in the near future, we EU-Japan Fest Japan Committee has launched a new artist support project #TuneUpforECoC. The hashtag “#Tune up for ECoC (short for European Capital of Culture)” expresses our hope that this support project will lead to their new collaboration and developments in the future European Capitals of Culture and many countries in Europe.

In deciding our support, we asked experts in each genre with whom we have a relationship to understand the purpose of the project and recommend artists.

We have decided to support the following artists, and hope that their activities this year will be fulfilling as much as possible!


  • In the midst of the lingering effects of the pandemic, we will provide publicity and financial support to help maintain and sustain the activities of artists this year.
  • To further support artists who are currently based in Europe and those who are planning to expand their activities to Europe.



<Activities to be supported>

In addition to annual activities such as exhibitions, performances, publications, etc. during the Japanese fiscal year 2021 (1 April 2021 – 31 March 2022), preparatory programs such as workshops and research aimed at developing activities in European countries, including the upcoming European Capital of Culture, are also eligible.

<Artists to be supported>

Artists who meet the following criteria and have been recommended by experts in their respective genres

  • Japanese artists based in European countries.
  • Artists based in Japan who aim to expand their activities to Europe in the future (regardless of nationality)


■Supported Artists/Programs

Performing Arts | Media/Digital/Visual Art | Visual artist in Europe


Portfolio in the “Meet Up ECoC!”:

Right: Photo by Kota Sugawara

●SICF Winners Performance

 11-12 Sep. 2021 / Spiral Hall (Tokyo)

●Dance New Air 2020->2021

 30 Oct. 2021 / Spiral Hall (Tokyo)

●YPAM joint program: DaBY Performing Arts Selection 2021

    12 Dec. 2021 / KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theatre (Kanagawa)

Portfolio in the “Meet Up ECoC!” :

<From the artist> 
In 2016, “ARIKA”, a co-production with TAMAKI ROY, premiered at the Aichi Prefectural Art Theater, and was scheduled to appear at the Berlin dance festival TANZTHEATER IM AUGUST in August 2021, as well as festivals in Italy and Taiwan, but due to the pandemic, it has been cancelled. However, I don’t want to give up on the possibility of performing overseas in the future and would like to rehearse with TAMAKI ROY regularly. We are also thinking of a new version of “ARIKA” to make the work itself more compact and easier to take abroad.
“ARIKA” is a project that began with a search for common ground between dance improvisation (mainly Forsythe’s improvisation technique) and rap freestyle. The choreography and tasks are meticulously structured, but each time the piece is performed again, it is updated. The emphasis is on live performance, with elements of improvisation incorporated throughout.

Portfolio in the “Meet Up ECoC!” :

©naoshi hatori

<From the artist> 
I am currently working on three works simultaneously for “Aichi Prefectural Art Theater x Dance Base Yokohama: Ryu Suzuki Triple Bill,” a collaboration between Dance Base Yokohama (DaBY), a dance house established in Yokohama in 2020, and Aichi Prefectural Art Theater. Three works will be presented: “never thought it would”, a solo work that takes over the collective dance project led by Suzuki until last year; “Proxy”, a work created in collaboration with the dance house Kogane 4422 in Aichi Prefecture, in which young dancers from within the Aichi area are selected through auditions; and “DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP”, which explores modes of communication in asymmetrical relationships. They are scheduled to perform at Aichi Prefectural Art Theater from December 3 to 5, 2021, and at Kanagawa Arts Theatre from December 10 to 12, 2021, as part of YPAM-Yokohama Performing Arts Meeting at KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theatre.



Portfolio in the “Meet Up ECoC!”:

Zan Yamashita’s representative work “It is written there” 

16-17 Oct. 2021 / ArtTheater dB KOBE (Hyogo, Japan)

Direction one-man play for Shunichi Sasaki 

30-31 Oct. 2021 / Tacokura KOCHI (Kochi, Jaan)

the Otoasobi Project × YAMASHITA Zan, recording a video and sound for no audience performance

11 July 2021 / Tokyo Shibuya Koen-dori Gallery (Tokyo, Japan)

*It will be released in the year.

●Guest performer and producing piece ”The sports which assumed no audience”

17-18 July 2021 / ROHM Theatre Kyoto, North Hall (Kyoto. Japan)

Performance at Kyoto UrBANGUILD in FOur DANCERS Vol.200

22 July 2021 / Kyoto UrBANGUILD (Kyoto. Japan)

Portfolio in the “Meet Up ECoC!”:

photo by Hajime Kato

ENGEKI QUEST – Les voix des fontaines de Lausanne

6-11 July 2021 / Lausanne, France (online)

Participated into a reading “Othello” by Chen Fei-hao

28 Aug. 2021 / online

Hitsudankai – From now/here, silence

10-14 Nov. 2021 / Tokyo Arts and Space Hongo (Tokyo, Japan)

Good Morning, Yokohama in YPAM Fringe

1-19 Dec. 2021 / YPAM Fringe Center (Kanagawa, Japan)

Research for Engeki Quest in some cities on-going project

Portfolio in the “Meet Up ECoC!”:

dracom Theater Performance “A World to Look Forward to”

18-20 Sep. 2021 (5 performances) / THEATRE E9 KYOTO (Kyoto, Japan)
Written and directed by: Jun Tsutsui
Cast: dracom members, Takatsuki Senior Theatre Company Soyokaze Pedal Troupe members

Workshop Improvisational Theater Criticism 2

Jan. – Mar. 2022 / OPA_Lab (Osaka, Japan)
Participation: Open to the public.
Instructor: Jun Tsutsui
Assistant: dracom members
※The results of this workshop will be published as a report, and will be reflected in the performance scheduled for next year.



Portfolio in the “Meet Up ECoC!”:


©Sajiki kim


23-25 June 2021 /  THEATRE E9 KYOTO (Kyoto, Japan)

“Romio will Juliet”

5-7 Nov. 2021 / THEATRE E9 KYOTO (Kyoto, Japan)


26-27 Feb. 2022

Portfolio in the “Meet Up ECoC!”:

akakilike “Like the summer sea glittering with so many fun things that is a waste to spend time sleeping, like a green garden flooded with sunlight, like a sky spreading to infinity, so clear and blue as to drive you crazy” (2021)©︎Kai Maetani

Midori Kurata Solo Performance

30  June 2021 / d-soko (Tokyo, Japan)

Co-program 2021 Category-D “KAC selection”
 Midori Kurata and Norimizu Ameya Kyoto Performance “Five-Minute Walk from Billie Eilish Hot Springs Station, Higashi Kujo, Shinjuku-ku, Mie Prefecture”

18-19 Sep. 2021 / Multi-purpose Hall, Kyoto Art Center (Kyoto, Japan)

Setsuko Yamada & Midori Kurata Dance Performance “White goat and Black goat”

26-28 Nov. 2021 / THEATRE E9 KYOTO (Kyoto, Japan)

The Japan Foundation’s online project “STAGE BEYOND BORDERS—Selection of Japanese Performances”
Midori Kurata and Norimizu Ameya “Five-Minute walk from YouTube Hot Springs Station, Higashi Kujo, Shinjuku-ku, Mie Prefecture”(Online Distribution)

10 Dec. 2021 / The Japan Foundation official Youtube channel


Portfolio in the “Meet Up ECoC!”:

“The Iincident” Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue

“The Iincident”

14-16 May 2021 /Kyoto Art Theater Shunjuza (Kyoto, Japan)

Kyoto Experiment 2021 Autumn Moshimoshi City—Take a Stroll Through Kyoto and Listen to a Series of Fictitious Performances

8-10, 15-24 Oct. 2021 / Locations around Kyoto City (Japan)

CONNECT⇄__Talk Series Video Screening: “Actually, I Don’t Know Much. That’s Why I Want to Ask. (Nakahara)”

3-9 Dec. 2021 /Atrium (first floor), Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art (Kyoto, Japan)

Platform for Thinking About Regional Challenges A Workshop and Presentation on ‘Acting Work and Working’

22-30  Jan. 2022 / ROHM Theatre Kyoto (Kyoto, Japan)



Portfolio in the “Meet Up ECoC!” :

Small press “Ordinary Whales” Vol.6, 2020

●Online publishing & open research “Ordinary Whales” 

Oct. 2021 – the end of March  2022

Portfolio in the “Meet Up ECoC!” :

●Solo exhibition “Support Dynamics”

22 Jun. – 18 Jul. 2021 / alternative space of SEIBU SHIBUYA (Tokyo)


11 Sep. – 23 Nov. 2021 / Kobe-city, Hyogo prefecture of Japan
Participation as a member of Pondparnasse (Yusuke ASAI, Natsuki TAKAYAMA, Erina MATSUI, Goro MURAYAMA)

●Solo Exhibition “Paintings – Plurality” 

6 Nov. – 19 Dec. 2021 / THE POOL (Hiroshima, Japan)

● Pondparnasse (Yusuke ASAI, Natsuki TAKAYAMA, Erina MATSUI, Goro MURAYAMA) 

3-24 Dec. 2021 / TURNER GALLERY, kasukabe kan architect office , WACCA Ikebukuro, and other (Tokyo) 

●Collaborative Research with PhD.Tuukka Toivonen 

*Tuuka Toivonen: Director, MA Innovation Management, Central Saint Martins, UAL.
*under discussion

●Collaborative works with PhD. Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos

*Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos: Professor of Law & Theory, University of Westminster, Director of The Westminster Law & Theory Lab
*under discussion

Portfolio in the “Meet Up ECoC!”:

photo: Tadasu Yamamoto

●Tokyo 2020 NIPPON Festival “ONE –Our New Episode- Presented by Japan Airlines”  Our Glorious Future ~KANAGAWA 2021~ 

Held without audience & recording: 14-15 Aug.2021 
Online Content Release: 3 Sep. 2021 – 
Exhibited work:  “Study of Air”
Exhibition (on-line):
Art work:

OKUYAMATO MIND TRAIL 2021  Museum in your mind

9 Oct. – 29 Nov. 2021 / Yoshino area (Nara, Japan) 
Exhibited work: new installation

●Special lecture / workshop “Future Ambient Project” 

30 Oct. 2021 / KINDAI University (Osaka, Japan)

●KYOTOSTEAM2022 International Art Competition Exhibition 

29 Jan. – 13 Feb. 2022 / Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art (Kyoto, Japan)

●Online exhibition and publication “the world filled with blanks” 

1-21 Mar. 2022


Portfolio in the “Meet Up ECoC!” :

photo by Koichi Takemura


2 Aug. – 5 Sep. 2021 / 27 locations in and around Aoyama, Tokyo  (Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum, Sanyo-do Bookstore, Shibuya Ward Office Second Mitake Branch Office, Temae, Nonoayama and its vicinity, Umeshouin, Watari-um Art Museum and its vicinity)


10-23 Dec. 2021 / The Terada Warehouse, G3-6F (Tokyo)


Portfolio in the “Meet Up ECoC!” :

Research and production of the Hand Puppets (tentative) series

10 Jan. 2021 – 31 Mar. 2022



Portfolio in the “Meet Up ECoC!” :

untitled, 2021, lead, glass, paper, wooden box, steel stand, 61,5 x 81,5 x H79,5 cm.

●Exhibition “utakata”

24 Apr. – 12 Jun.  2021 / MIKIKO SATO GALLERY (Hamburg, Germany) 

●Exhibition “Werkschau 21 (Lange Nacht der Bilder in Lichtenberg)”

3-4 Sep. 2021 / Alte Gießerei Berlin e.V. (Berlin, Germany) 

●Exhibition “ARTVENT 2021”

4-5 Dec. 2021 / Galeriehaus Hamburg (Hamburg, Germany)


●Exhibition “echo”

2022 / Berlin, Germany

●Research: sound recording

2021~ / Berlin (Germany), Barbican Centre (London, UK) 

Portfolio in the “Meet Up ECoC!” :

Commemorative valve 2021 ABSTECHER ( Danziger str.22 ) Coins from Spain World Cups 1982 ( Copper, Nickel, Alminium,Magnesium ) 42×34 cm

●Group ehibition “I Rejseleve”

19-23 May 2021 / Copenhagen, Denmark
Exhibited work: ”Travel to double landscapes”

Group exhibition for the 160th Anniversary of German-Japanese Friendship “Abstecher”

30 Jul. – 15 Aug. 2021 / Danziger Straße (Hamburg, Germany) 
Exhibited work: “Commemorative valve”

●Group exhibition 

Dec. 2021 / Mikiko Sato Gallery (Hamburg, Germany) 

●”Jahresausstellung 2022″

10-13 Feb.  2022 / HFBK University of Fine Arts Hamburg (Hamburg, Germany) 
*Picture book will be published.

Portfolio in the “Meet Up ECoC!” :


● Group exhibition for the 160th Anniversary of German-Japanese Friendship “Abstecher”

30 Jul. – 15 Aug. 2021
Danziger Straße (Hamburg, Germany) 

●Exhibition “Meanwhile” 

26 Aug. – 2 Oct. 2021
Gallery cube+(Kiel, Hamburg, Germany) 

●Solo exhibition “Orange und Schwarz”

18-28 Nov. 2021 (Thu. – Sat.: 16:00-19:00 / Sun.: 14:00-17:00)
Haus der Alfterer Geschichte (Alfter, Germany) 



Portfolio in the “Meet Up ECoC!” :

©Iwauko Murakami

●Iwauko Murakami Photo Exhibition “Known Unknown”

9-22 Nov. 2011 / Nikon Salon (Tokyo, Japan)

●A photo book “Known Unknown”

Nov. 2021
Photographs and Texts: Iwauko Murakami
Design: Yui Yamamoto
Bilingual in English and Japanese / 40 pages / In full color

Portfolio in the “Meet Up ECoC!” :

●Group exhibition “from Intimate Path” 

30 July – 10 Aug. 2021 / ART369 space (Tochigi, Japan)


Portfolio in the “Meet Up ECoC!” :

●Solo Exhibition “Clothed in Sunny Finery”

19 June – 11 July 2021 / Kanzan Gallery (Tokyo, Japan)
17-25 July 2021 / Gallery0369 (Mie, Japan)

●Solo Exhibition “KAI Keijiro Exhibition”

3 Apr. – 9 May 2021 / NADiff Modern(Tokyo, Japan)
*Ends on Apr. 24 due to the declaration of a state of emergency.

4-26 Sep. 2021 / Shioribi (Nagano, Japan)

●Group Show “This is Our Land”

11-14 Nov. 2021 / Zen Foto Gallery (Tokyo)

●Paris Photo

 11-14 Nov. 2021 / GRAND PALAIS EPHEMERE (Paris, France)
*His photo books will be displayed at The Third Gallery AYA’s booth in Paris Photo. 

●Solo Exhibition “Fighting Rituals – The body that responds -”

30 Nov. 2021 – 30 Jan. 2022 / The Takano Tatsuyuki Memorial Museum (Nagano, Japan)





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