Baku Ishii/Tatsumi Hijikata Memorial, International Dance Festival “ODORU-AKITA” Vol.6

Application Guidelines for the “Tatsumi Hijikata Memorial Award” International Competition

Screening Criteria

Tatsumi Hijikata is a revolutionary artist who brought a Copernican Revolution to the traditional concept of dance by creating his original physical expression called “Butoh”.
The international dance festival “ODORU-AKITA,” taking place in Akita where Tatsumi Hijikata was grown up, has established the “Tatsumi Hijikata Memorial Award” to honor his achievements as well as to find out young talents who can succeed to his ideal and to support/nurture them.
However, the “Tatsumi Hijikata Memorial Award” is not limited to “Butoh”.
It’s because we don’t intend to inherit the expression form called “Butoh” created by Tatsumi Hijikata, but rather, we wish for young talents of the next generation to inherit his attitude and philosophy that brought the Copernican Revolution to the concept of dance.
Therefore, as long as your work is trying to boldly challenge the existing dance expressions and surmount them, your expression form can be anything, whether it is in the form of ballet, modern dance, street dance, or even classical dance.
We are waiting for a work that can have a new impact on the contemporary dance scene to appear.

2017 RECORD

Finalist Performance Day 1

Finalist Performance Day 2

Finalist Performance Day 3

Applicant Eligibility

No dance experience is required. Age, gender, nationality, or whatever doesn’t matter.
However, applicants should be those who have not received the “Tatsumi Hijikata Memorial Award” in the past “ODORU-AKITA” festivals. This doesn’t apply to the “Special Jury Award” and the “Audience Award”.

Participation Fee, etc.

Participation fee and screening fee, etc. are not necessary, but any performance fee and
transportation fee will not be paid.
Only for accommodation fee and food and drink fee can be paid by the head office of “ODORU-AKITA,” but the number of persons coming to Akita whose accommodation will be paid is limited to performing dancers + 1 person. The accommodation fee for any person exceeding this quota shall be borne by themselves.

Conditions of Competition Entry

  1. Performance time shall be within 20 minutes.
  2. Any work performed in the past “ODORU-AKITA” festivals is not entitled to the entry.
  3. There is no limitation on the number of persons performing in a work.
  4. An applicant (a group of applicants) may submit only one work.

Screening Method

  1. 15 groups of finalists will be selected by screening videos from among submitted works.
  2. Each award will be selected through the performance of works by the finalists.
  3. Juries of the Tatsumi Hijikata Memorial Award are as follows.
    Chief jury Akaji Maro (dancer, actor, representative of Dairakudakan)
    Juries Tatsuro Ishii (Dance critics, visiting professor of Aichi University of the Arts, emeritus professor of Keio University)
    Santa Yamakawa (Festival director of “ODORU-AKITA”)
  4. Main prizes and supplementary prizes are as follows.
    [Tatsumi Hijikata Memorial Award]
    [Main prize] An award certificate and a trophy
    [Supplementary prize]200,000 yen as prize money and the right of performing the work to commemorate the receipt of the award in “ODORU-AKITA” of the following year (Performance fee, transportation fee, and accommodation fee will be paid for the commemoration performance.)

    [Special Jury Award]
    [Main prize] An award certificate and a trophy
    [Supplementary prize]The right of performing the work to commemorate the receipt of the award in “ODORU-AKITA” of the following year (Performance fee, transportation fee, and accommodation fee will be paid for the commemoration performance.)

    [Audience Award]
    [Main prize] An award certificate and a trophy
    [Supplementary prize]The right of performing the work to commemorate the receipt of the award in “ODORU-AKITA” of the following year (Performance fee, transportation fee, and accommodation fee will be paid for the commemoration performance).

    [Embassy of Israel Award] (planned)
    Extra prizel undecided.

    [Embassy of Korean Award] (planned)
    Extra prizel undecided.
  5. Apart from the “Tatsumi Hijikata Memorial Award”, we have the “International Guests Jury Award”. Award recipients will be granted the right to be invited by a festival in each country.
    International guests who are currently expected to join the festival are as follows.

    Jang Kwang Ryul (Korea)
    Yu Hosik (Korea)
    Nam Jeong Ho (Korea)
    Daniel Yeung (Hong Kong)
    Karen Cheung (Hong Kong)
    Kuik Swee Boon (Singapore)
    Hazel Gonzales Araya (Costa Rica)
    Ofra Idel (Israel)
    Batarita (Hungary)
    Liisa Nojonen (Finland)
    Teet Kask (Estonia)
    Vadim Kasparov (Russia)
    Jodde Ann Nimerichter (U.S.A)

Venue for the Performance of Works by Finalists

  1. The venue for the screening of the performance is the Small Hall of Akita City Cultural Center.
  2. The theater is a proscenium stage that is 8 meters in width, 6.5 meters in depth, and about five meters in height.
  3. The stage is covered with black linoleum, and a large black curtain and a horizont curtain (also used as a screen) as a backdrop curtains can be used.

The venue map is here.
※ The venue and conditions are subject to change.

The Entire Schedule of “ODORU-AKITA” Vol.6

At 19:00 on November 20 (Fri), 2020Performance by the first group of finalists
At 19:00 on November 21 (Sat)Performance by the second group of finalists
At 14:00 on November 22 (Sun)Performance by the third group of finalists
At 18:00 on November 22 (Sun)Special invitation performance; a work is not yet determined.
At 19:15 on the same dayAn award ceremony
An after-party attended by finalists, juries, and international guests.

How to Appl

Please follow the application procedure below.

  1. Post entry work as a video material on social media
    • Please post your entry work as a video material on social media. (YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo etc.) You are free to setup a password for the posted page. If you choose to setup a password, please make sure to enter your password in the entry form.
    • Entry works must be videos that are recordings of on-stage performances or videos filmed in a studio for application (outdoor filmed videos are not accepted), and the entire performance must be viewable. Edited videos, videos with special effects, and image sequences (highlight videos) are not eligible for entry.
    • Entry with video data is also accepted if works cannot be posted on social media due to certain reasons.
    • The video data file format must be MP4, with a maximum size limit of 1920 x 1080 (px). Please upload the video data to an online storage website (GifaFile or Firestorage etc.), and enter the uploaded URL as the video URL along with the password in the entry form.
    • Please note that video data files are not accepted by mail.
  2. Apply through entry form
    • Please apply from the entry form below.
    • Entry for only one work per group is accepted.
  3. “Tatsumi Hijikata Memorial Award” International Competition Entry Form※ The link will be valid from February 1, 2020.

Application Deadline and Announcement of Finalists

● Applications will be accepted from February 1 (Sat), 2020 until at 24:00 on May 30, 2020.

● Finalists will be announced on the official website on July 1, 2020.

● Contact/info@odoru-akita.org