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International Visitors Program

Young professionals from overseas engaged in the arts and culture will be invited to experience the Tokyo Culture Creation Project and other projects, and interact with Japanese colleagues. Upon returning to their home countries, the participants will evaluate and communicate about what they experienced. In addition to this, forming and strengthening a network of professional individuals will lead to the dissemination of Tokyo culture abroad..

Presentation and Exchange of Opinions

Date: Sep. 30 (Mon) 14:30 – 19:00 (Open: 14:00) (Projected)
Venue: Japan Foundation JFIC Hall “Sakura” Japanese-English simultaneous interpretation provided
Details to be announced soon on this website

Profiles of Invited Participants

Bart Capelle (Belgium)
A freelance dramaturge born in 1978, he is more involved with group-created drama and performance than with utilizing existing plays. Over more than ten years he has worked with a wide variety of directors and theater companies including Pol Heyvaert, Lies Pauwels, Union Suspecte, Karl Van WeldenUnited Planets, Los Angeles Poverty Department (US), Action Malaise, Buelens Paulina and Teatro de los Sentidos (ES). He was an advisor at RITS School of Arts in Brussels for graduation works in Performing Arts and Performance and Scenography course at a.pass in Antwerp. Since 2010 he has been active in Ireland and the United Kingdom, taking part in such projects as “This Time With Feeling” (The Tramway & Glasgow International), “Fuck My Life” (Cork Midsummer Festival & Campo), “Girl X”, and “Knives in Hens” (National Theatre of Scotland). At present he is working on “Some Use For Your Broken Clay Pots” (Christophe Meierhans, Kaaitheater & Vooruit), and “A Little Bird Blown Off Course” (Fiona J. Mackenzie, National Theatre of Scotland).

Marcus Dross (Germany)
[Dramaturge, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt)]
Studying Applied Theatre at Justus Liebig University Geissen, he is active in the fields of dance, music, theater, and performance as a creator, producer, performer, and dramaturge. Turning his hand to music theater, he joined with composer Michael Wolters and in 2004 they established the artist collective “New Guide to Opera”. He has also been involved with the Forum Freies Theater in Dusseldorf (2004-2011), Deutschlandradio Kultur (2004-2007), and the BBC (2008). Until 2011 he was with the theater/live art showcase Freischwimmer, and Kampnagel K3 Hunburg as a resident program dramaturge and artist mentor. He took up his present post in 2011.

Amitesh Grover (India)
[Performance Maker, New Media Artist, Assistant Professor of Indian National School of Drama]
Born in Delhi, he is an artist involved with performance, public game events, and inter-media installation. A graduate of the University of Arts London with Masters Degree in Digital Theater, he is interested in the fusion of such different genres as digital technology, game design, public installation, and performance, and his creative work seeks to transcend divisions of both genre and culture. He has been invited to present work in Europe, the U.S., and Asia, where he has won many awards and residencies. He served as a jury member for TheatreSpektakel in Switzerland in 2008, was a guest lecturer at Cornell University in the U.S. in 2011, and in 2013 is Artist Visitor at Theatretreffen in Berlin.

Anya Henis (New Zealand)
[Writer, Curator, Artist]
A resident of Auckland, she holds a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts, where she teaches now. A co-editor of “Magasine,” she is also a contributor to such other publications as “Un Magazine” and “Matters Journal.” From 2008 until 2010 she helped operate the artist-run project space “A Center for Art,” and she continues to both curate and exhibit in New Zealand and abroad.

Felencia Hutabarat (Indonesia)
[Creative Economics Consultant, Culture and Social Innovation – Tokyo Conference 2013 panelist]
Born in Jakarta, she was until 2011 a Program Officer for Arts and Culture in the South East Asia office of HIVOS, the Dutch development agency, where she was involved with such cultural policy advocacy matters as the creation of domestic and international networking, knowledge exchange, stabilization of financial affairs, tax policy, cultural diversity, and creative economics, building close relationships with cultural strategy planning organs particularly in Indonesia, India, and South Africa. Since 2012 she has been studying Economics and Cultural Entrepreneurship at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Currently she is working as a Creative Economics Consultant at British Council in Jakarta.

Oana Ionita (Romania)
[Cultural Manager, Director of PostModernism Museum]
A co-owner of the Nasui Collection & Gallery, she is involved with bringing the contemporary art of Romania to the world, with “Modernism,” Romania’s leading on-line art magazine, and with the education of entrepreneurs in the creative field. At present she is working on establishing a “PostModernism Museum” in Bucharest. Her actitivities also include NPO management, PR, marketing, and fundraising. Among others, she is interested in the creation of new audiences in the fields of arts and entertainment, cultural anthropology, and creative and alternative economics.

Luckana Kunavichayanont (Thailand)
[Director of Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC)]
Born in Bangkok, she took up her present position in May of 2011. BACC is a project of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration operated by the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre Foundation. Graduating in 1989 from Silpakorn University, she worked for the Society and Culture desk of The Nation newspaper until 1990, then taking a Masters Degree in Asian Art History at New England University in Australia. Returning to Thailand, she served until 2003 as Artistic Director of the Tadu Contemporary Art, a private art center, becoming involved with Thailand’s young artists and curating numerous exhibitions. Following this she supervised the “Trinity” exhibition on the life and works of Thawan Duchanee at The Queen’s Gallery, and acted as co-curator for the Thai Pavilon at the 2005 Biennale di Venezia. From 2008 to 2009 she was involved in curating the opening of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, a large exhibition looking back on the 200 years of the city’s history. She is a guest lecturer in Art Management at her alma mater, Silpakorn University.

Mayo Martin (Philippines, Singapore)
[Deputy Features Editor, TODAY (Singapore)]
In his TODAY column “For Art’s Sake!” he covers stage, art, and literary events. In the Philippines he has also been involved with such poetry publications as “Babel” and “Uniberso: New Pinoy Poets Calling,” an audio anthology for young poets. A compilation of poems in English, “Occupational Hazards,” is to come out this year. In July, he was named Journalist of the Year by MediaCorp in Singapore.

Lorenza Pignatti (Italy)
[Contemporary Art Curator, Critic, Journalist]
An art historian, curator and essayist who has taught at the University of Urbino, the Academy of Applied Sciences and Arts at SUPSI in Lugano (Switzerland), and since 2002 professor at the New Academy of Fine Arts (NABA) in Milan. In 2006 she curated a retrospective of the Spanish film director Pere Portabella at the Pesaro Film Festival. She co-edited the book Errore di sistema. Teoria e pratiche di Adbusters, Feltrinelli Editore, Milan, and edited Mind the Map. Mappe, diagrammi e dispositivi cartografici, Postmedia Books. She is a freelance journalist for the newspaper “La Repubblica”, and for several magazines such as “ArtReview”, “unFLOP Paper” and “No Order. Art in a Post-fordist Society”.

Sonja Soldo (Croatia)
[Program Coordinator, Zagreb Center for Independent Culture and Youth (POGON)]
A member of the Zagreb curation collective BLOK, she is an activist in the field of public art. For five years she curated the public-art UrbanFestival, coordinating a variety of projects and campaigns originating in the local cultural scene with a view to transformation of urban development and cultural systems and their effect on culture and art spaces through citizen participation.
She is the program coordinator for the Zagreb Center for Independent Culture and Youth (POGON), which liaises with independent cultural entities in the city, overseeing its programs in general, management of art projects, and residency programs.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Tokyo Culture Creation Project Office (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture) Cooperation: Japan Foundation

Various Areas in Tokyo