Since 2013, Arts Council Tokyo has been carrying out a “Long-Term Grant Program” that offers up to three years of support for long-term artistic projects. In the 4th talk session on the past grant recipients, we introduce the activities of Nibroll, which received a three-year grant starting in 2013.
The dance company Nibroll, led by choreographer Mikuni Yanaihara, has brought about new perspectives to contemporary dance through collaboration with artists in diverse fields. Nibroll received a three-year long-term grant from 2013 for the creation of “Real Reality,” which premiered in 2015. The company held creation workshops in Wakayama, Aichi and Tokyo, and incorporated elements of each location in its creation and performances. They subsequently held tours in Japan and Asia. How did “Real Reality” mature over the course of performances in each area, following dialogue and collaboration with local artists? How did the encounters and interactions in “Real Reality” develop thereafter? Looking back on the three-year project along with leader / choreographer Mikuni Yanaihara, video artist Keisuke Takahashi, and musician SKANK, we will hear about the experience and results of the project, as well as subsequent developments.
Arts Council Tokyo Grant Program: Public Talk
Activity Report of Long Term Grants-Session 4: Nibroll
(2013 selected project: 3 years)
Formed in 1997 around choreographer Mikuni Yanaihara, Nibroll produces dance performances involving members from diverse fields, including video artist Keisuke Takahashi and musician SKANK. Nibroll explores the possibilities of physical expression through performances held not only in theaters but also in art museums and outdoors, and from various perspectives including video and visual arts. The company received the Mori Art Museum Contemporary Award (Travel Prize) in 2004, and the Japan Dance Forum Award in 2009 for “Romeo OR Juliet.” Based mainly in Tokyo and Yokohama, they also give performances in Europe and the United States and around Asia, and continue to expand the range of their activities.
RealReality (excerpt) Nibroll 2015
Choreographer: Mikuni Yanaihara
Performers: Emi Oyama, Fumiko Ishigaki, Mihoko Tsurumi, Jun Morii, Yoshihiro Horie, Agus Margiyanto (from Indonesia), đào thụy thúy vân (from Vietnam), Tomomi Watanabe, Ayaka Shimizu, Momoko Takeuchi, Shigetoshi Fujimoto
Video: Keisuke Takahashi
Art direction: Takuya Kamiike
18:45 Venue opens
19:00 Introduction of Long-term Grant Program and grant-supported activities
19:05 [Part 1] Presentation by Nibroll – Project summary and self-evaluation/analysis
The process leading to these activities: sequence of events, reasons, motivations, etc.
Activity summary: overall progression over the three-year period; activities undertaken in the first, second and third years, etc.
Changes and transitions in activity processes, etc.
19:55 [Part 2] Interview on the results achieved through the long-term grant, issues perceived/techniques and difficulties unique to long-term projects (interview format)
20:35 Question-and-answer session
Mikuni Yanaihara (choreographer, director, playwright, leader of Nibroll)
Keisuke Takahashi (video artist)
SKANK (composer, musician)
Yoko Kitagawa (Senior Program Officer (Theater / Performing arts), Planning & Grants Division, Arts Council Tokyo)
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