Since 1985, mihoproject has been an agent for this video group. Studio Azzurro has been active since 1982 in Milano, Italy. Although made up of a unique group of individuals, they have one goal. By creating a team of varying backgrounds, sensitivities and roles, they hope to construct environments that bring forth artistic communication. Studio Azzurro explores the idea of creating “sensitivity-high environments” through the immersion of technology in storytelling and space. The artwork begins and is operated through the existence of a group of people and their choices. In other words, importance is placed not just on the relationship between people and technology, but between people and people.
Performance of poetry and Kyogen
chori/Doji is an up-and-coming performance unit featuring the Ohkura Kyogen School actor, SHIGEYAMA Doji and the poet chori. chori/Doji was formed in 2006. They have performed mainly in Kyoto since then. In 2008, the unit embarked on their first European tour to Paris, Rome, Florence and Brescia and presented a new style of theater. The tour was well-received. Along with chori’s vibrant and vivid poetry, Doji performs his improvised dances alongside to give birth to a single scene.
chori is a contemporary poet. Born in 1984 as the oldest son of the head of the Urasenke school of tea in Kyoto. His mother is a relative of the Japanese Imperial family. He is active in a variety of fields: as a writer, as a solo performer by with a four member band also called “chori”. Since collaborating with artists of many genres, chori’s fresh and innovative style has been gaining attention. His newest publication, Nishimukusamurai was released in 2011.
Born in 1983 into the Shigeyama family of the Ohkura school of Kyogen, SHIGEYAMA Doji studied under his father and grandfather. The Sorcerer’s Apprentice was his first performance as a Noh comedian. He performs in many countries including the U.S., Russia, Italy, and France, making use of his proficient English. In recent years, he also appears on a children’s television program for English education.
chori is a poet born in 1984, Kyoto. Since 1999, while still a junior high school student, he began working in a wide array of fields including poetry, writing, live performances, and event organization. Famous for performing in some 110 events per year, he has worked with musicians such as: SANO Motoharu, SANO maki, LITTLE TEMPO, Nabowa, mama!milk, Pepe California, SUIKA, DJ BAKU, KANAMIYA Tasuku (cutman-booche), Tatetakako, Urichipan-gun, Zahhatorute, AOYANAGI Takuji, MIYAGE Kan, and SHIOTSUGU Shinji; as well as multi-genre artists such as: TANIGAWA Shuntaro, KURODA Seitaro, KOSHIYAMA (ex. ECHIZENYA Hyota), and NEKO Hiroshi. Besides touring inside Japan each year, he also toured Europe in 2008 (Paris, Brescia, Florence, Rome). His works include collaborations with Kyogen actor SHIGEYAMA Doji, “chori/Doji”, and the hip hop/electronica/noise group, vongaku. His book of poetry, Nishimukusamurai: Shijin chori no Kyoto Junikagetsu was be published in 2011.
Miyuki TANIGAWA was born and raised in Kyoto, Japan. She is a textile designer/artist that has chosen the traditional Japanese kimono as her canvas. Although the kimono has a history of some 1200 years, in order to preserve this tradition, Tanigawa ironically hopes to reinvent it. By incorporating her internal conflicts into her designs, each of her kimono have a powerful message. Her work is like taking the essential elements of poison, turning cruelty and fear into something beautiful. Tanigawa also designed 32 kimono featured in the film, Sakuran directed by NINAGAWA Mika. Her message tends to be social and has a strong impact. She has received many awards. In 2009, she exhibited in the Paris district, ESPACE CHATELET VICTORIA.
Yasuaki SHIMIZU is a composer and saxophonist. In the early 1980s, he composed all five albums as part of the experimental rock band, Mariah. In 1983, he started the solo project, Saxophonettes. From 1985-91, he was based in Paris and London. From the 1990s he took on the works of J.S. Bach on the tenor sax, and his record, Bach Box received the Japan Record Award for planning. In 2006, Saxophonettes became a quintet and in the following year, they released the album, Pentatonica based on the pentatonic scale. In 2010, he gave the first performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations on sax and contrabass, which received wide acclaim. Shimizu is also active in many fields such as film and television.
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Manabu MASUDA is a performer, designer and wire sculptor, born in Hyogo, 1973. He began his career first as a graphic designer in 1995 and founded the Artone Design Office in 2002. In 2006, he exhibited his work, Hitosuji, a sculpture made from one string of wire. Since then, he has been exhibiting new works. On the other hand, from 1997, he has been performing outdoor works with the group, Isshin-ha, on a stage he constructed. For 11 years after, Masuda has performed three times overseas and exhibited numerous works. In 2004, he received attention for the play, Keytone based on the main character, Keytone. Masuda also worked as a set designer for Isshin after entering the group. Masuda’s last piece with the group was in February, 2008. In June, 2009, he started the performance group, Keloop, and directed and performed in the work, Dolphin Hotel. Masuda is also active in many fields such as dance performances and as a guest performer in stage productions.
KAKUSHIN Tomoyoshi was born in Asakusa, Tokyo in 1965. After studying various traditional arts from childhood, he was determined to take over and develop the Satsuma Biwa tradition from both his grandfathers and began studying with TSURUTA Kinshi. He inherited his grandfather’s artist name. In 1996, he received the Shoreisho Award from the Ministry of Education and the NHK Kaicho Award, among others. Kakushin also began studying song recitation under TSUBOTA Seirin. He has also appeared in front of members of the Imperial family, the National Theater of Japan productions, the Japan Foundation overseas productions, as well as NHK drama series as well as the drama, Saka no Ue no Kumo, among others. He also appeared with Demon Kaka in the production, Biwa E-maki, as well as collaborated with author, HASHIMOTO Osamu in the work, Koten no Shinsaku. Kakushin is active in many fields both domestically and abroad. He also serves as the Tokyo Taito Ward Tourist Goodwill Ambassador and Art Advisor. He is on the board of directors at the NPO ACT.JC, and is an instructor in the Music Department at the Nihon University College of Art.
Yuuki KUWABARA was born in Kyoto. After studying in New Zealand from age 16, she moved to New York at 19 to study Anthropology and Art at Hunter College. At this time, she also began to take portrait photography of artists and musicians, influenced by a meeting with Conduction improvisation pioneer, Butch Morris. Currently based in Kyoto, she is active in the magazine and advertising industries. In 2009, she took part in a joint exhibition in Paris with textile designer, TANIGAWA Miyuki. From 2010, she has been leading photo workshops with immigrant children in Okubo, Shinjuku (Tokyo). In 2011, she collaborated with poet, chori to produce a book of poems, Nishimukusamurai: Shijin chori no Kyoto Junikagetsu, published by Takeda Random House Japan. In connection with the publication, Kuwabara will hold a photo exhibition, Kyoto, Kamgawa-nite in Ginza and Tokyo.
DALMA shoten is a graphic art unit comprised of painter ANZAI Satoshi and director SHIMA Naoya who work under the theme, “Erokiwa Kyoto” (“Erotic and Naughty Kyoto”). They have developed a style that has combined gorgeousness with a sense of riske, using a technique involving bold color graduation called, “Gokusai-shiki”. Their work explores “the fascinating elements of Japan” and they research religion, cultural anthropology, history and biology. Balancing “the sacred, the common, and the natural”, they decide subject matter and approach it from various perspectives, before incorporating it into their art. Aside from their research, they are active in a variety of expressive modes including traditional Japanese hairstyling, essay-writing, Ukiyo-e reproduction, live painting and VJ-ing, all of which influences their work. While working in media popular with the younger generation such as manga, club events, and underwear and T-shirt design, their work has also been exhibited in temples and shrines (including the work, Gokusai-shiki Kumano Mandara) as well as traditional Japanese arts such as Japanese dance. Aiming to further the field of graphic art, DALMA shoten are active in many fields and have amassed a legion of fans.
AKUA SHIN is a magician. Studying magic since childhood, from 1998 he began studying under FUKAI Hiromasa. At the same time he was entering university, he debuted as a professional magician. Acclaimed both in and outside of Japan, he is known for his stage magic using pigeons and cards and his light and fast tempo performance. In 2007, he took first prize at the International Magic Exchange in Shenzhen, China, as well as the 2010 World SAM in Atlanta. In 2010, he performed for one week at the mecca of magic, Hollywood’s Magic Castle. This performance was popular with audiences of all ages, nationalities and gender. Excelling in performances at close range such as table magic, he can change any environment into a mysterious and fun experience. In recent years, he performs overseas aiming to be a top world-class magician.