Amami de Art Project​

We will carry out “Amami de Art Project” from 2018 to 2019.

”Amami de Art Project” aims to grow artists from Amami inspired by the local culture, and to transfer the arts to the world.

Amami Oshima is called “the Island of the Gods,” and (the local people) lives closely with cultures based on a worship of nature.

We hope that the artists get inspirations from the traditions, cultures and local people of the island.

Amami de Art camp

We are looking for participants from around the world.

We will carry out a camp to learn physical training for stage actors and elements for creation through international exchange.

Date: 23 (Fri) – 25 (Sun) November, 2018; 2 nights and 3 days.

Place: Amami Bunka Center (a public hall in Naze, Amami city).

○Address: 517 Nagahama-cho, Naze, Amami city, Kagoshima Pref., Japan.

Participation cost: JPY 35,000 (includes lecture fees, hotel charges, food expenses,bath chcket, insurance fee etc.)


 Yoko Tani   (Body method)

an ex-solo dancer at Cirque du Soleil, a present member of Local-community Vitalization Aids in Amami city



 Harriet Cung  (Voice improvisation training)




 Chico Katsube (Contact Improvisation)  Facebook  Home Page

Chico Katsube is a dance improviser, choreographer and a teacher from Osaka, Japan. She received her B.Ed. and M.A. degrees at the Dance Education Division of Ochanomizu University in Tokyo, where she studied Modern Dance and Choreography. From 1990 to 94, she studied and danced in New York City as a company member with many talented choreographers such as Joy Kellman and Ruby Shang. She has also developed her own style of choreography and performance.
She has begun CI activity in Japan with the strong influence and the recommendation of Nancy Stark Smith who visited Japan and taught her workshops in 1997 at the program of “Triangle Project”.
In 2000, she founded, a Contact Improvisation Company, with Makiko Ito. Since then she has been a leading figure in teaching, organizing and performing Contact Improvisation in Tokyo and throughout Japan. In 2005, she participated and taught intensive workshop in Contact Festival in Israel. In the summer of 2006, she taught a workshop in the Magpie Collective Workshop and performed with the Magpie Music and Dance in Amsterdam. Now she is creating and studying together improvisation dance with Shoko Kashima, who is a dancer as well as a photographer, to search and mix the Asian Culture in their dance improvisation.

 Shoko Kashima (Contact Improvisation)    Facebook
is a dancer, improviser, photographer and teacher. She received her Master of Arts in Dance Education from Ochanomizu University in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo and founded the dance company ZINZOLIN in 1996. In 2000 she created the partnership “Duo unit” with Ryoko Sugimoto, while also being awarded a one year scholarship from the Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artists to study dance in New York. Their works were selected for performance by Joyce SOHO Presents, DUMBO Festival, The Brooklyn Museum of Art and The Cool NY 2004 Dance Festival in NY. As a dancer, she danced for Chico Katsube, collaborated with Michael Schumacher, Chico Katsube, Katie Dack, Dance Theater Ludens, Ray Chung, Natanja den Boeft, Noam Carmeli and other many artists. After returning to Japan, Shoko began working with Chico Katsube as a member - and now co-director - of Contact Improvisation Group In 2006, She founded the CIFJ (Contact Improvisation Festival Japan) with Chico and organized and create the international CI festival to exchange culture, people, essence of CI in Tokyo and some regions in Japan until 2012. She has been teaching CI at kindergartens, elementary schools, universities, public theaters and museums. She is a seed member of Asian Improvisation Art Exchange (Seoul, Korea), creating networks and researching improvisation among artists in Asia. She is fabulously known as a photographer, and has a good feel for taking dance pictures. In 2012, she moved fromTokyo to Kagoshima with Chico Katsube, and started activities of cultivate arts community in sparsely populated area.


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Amami de Art International(AI) Festival

We are looking for performers from around the world to attend the “Amami de Art Festival.” Would you like to perform together with us at Amami Oshima, where aims to be a World Natural Heritage Site?

○Date: 16 (Sat) February, 2019.

○Place: Amami Bunka Center (a public hall in Naze, Amami city).

○Address: 517 Nagahama-cho, Naze, Amami city, Kagoshima Pref., Japan.

○Performers: dancers, improvisation dancers, jugglers, pantomime artists and other performers with special abilities to act in a stage.

○Rehearsal: 10 (Sun) – 15 (Fri) February, 2019 at Amami Bunka Center.

○Participation cost: free of charge

○Travelling expenses: at your own expense. *We will be pleased to advise you accommodations etc..

○Program (Temporary): *The below program is subject to change.

- a stage by performers from outside of Amami (50 min.)

  - an intermission (10 min.)

  - a stage by performers from Amami (50 min.)

  - a collaboration stage by from outside of Amami and Amami performers (10 min.)


Please fill in the followings and submit the application form by e-mail;

1. Name

2. E-mail address

3. Nationality

4. Gender

5. Your special abilities

6. An event to attend (AI Camp, AI Festival,  both)

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