RESIDENCIES MAPPING EAST – 1st action / 21st July > 3rd August 2014


«Despite their similarities, it seems that Italy and Japan have had very few relations in the field of contemporary performing arts. I would like to use my residency time to connect with Italian artists around the concept of innovation, in relation to its compatibility or not with tradition – two elements that I find rooted in both Italian and Japanese societies.» Zan Yamashita.

From 21 July to 3 August 2014, PlanTS will host Japanese choreographer Zan Yamashita for a two-week research residency in Udine. This is a first collaboration between Italian Plants, Arearea, Etrarte and Japanese ST Spot Yokohama, which aims to open up exchange opportunities in the field of dance and contemporary art between Friuli Venezia Giulia and Japan. The programme is hosted by Lo Studio (Udine), with funding from ST Spot (Yokohama), The Saison Foundation (Tokyo) and Provincia di Udine.

During his residency in Udine, Zan Yamashita will meet with local artists and professionals working in the North East of Italy and border countries (in Triest thanks to DoubleRoom and in Udine thanks to Etrarte). Sharing opportunities will be developed to connect Zan with the local context, while offering all participants the opportunity to get an insight into his work and the broader Japanese contemporary arts scene.

Born in Osaka (1970), Zan Yamashita is a choreographer who explores the relationship between the language of spoken or written words and the language of the body. He creates conceptual dance with an underlying vein of humour in works such as Invisible Man, It is written there, It’s just me coughing. Working independently from his base in Kyoto since 1994, his works have been presented in Kunsten Festival des arts Belgium, Istanbul international contemporary dance & performance festival, Indonesian dance festival, Festival Bo:m Korea and TPAM. Yamashita has been a recipient of a Senior Fellow Grant from The Saison Foundation in 2011, 2012 and 2013. He teaches at Kyoto University of Art and Design.

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