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Saison Artist in Residence

The Saison Foundation is a grant-making foundation established in July 1987 that supports projects and activities related to contemporary Japanese theater and dance. In order to increase the visibility of contemporary Japanese performing arts (theater, dance, and performance art) on a worldwide level, The Saison Foundation awards grants and priority use of its rehearsal/workshop and residence facilities at Morishita Studio in Tokyo.

Based on the outcome of Residence in Morishita Studio from 2011 to 2015, the Saison Foundation starts “Saison Artist in Residence” to stimulate two-way international cultural exchanges with artists and arts organizations overseas.
Saison Artist in Residence offers the following three types of support:


Saison AIR Partnership
〈Pilot Program〉

This program aims to develop exchange residency programs with international partners, such as such as theaters, dance houses, festivals, artist-in-residence organizations, theater companies, dance companies, and grant-making organizations. The international partners are expected to invite Japanese artists to their residency program and to send artists to the Saison Foundation’s residency program.


AIR for Collaboration Projects
〈Pilot Program〉

This program offers artistic development opportunities for collaboration projects between Japanese artists and overseas artists through artist-in-residence programs. Those who wish to start the collaboration projects with contemporary theater and dance communities in Japan are able to use Morishita Studio for rehearsals, workshops, or work-in-progress showings upon requests. Please obtain consent from Japanese collaborating artists before applying for this program.


Visiting Fellows

This program aims to build up an international network for contemporary performing arts and to enhance mutual understanding, and gives opportunities for artists and arts managers to research the contemporary performing arts scene in Japan. The program supports research visits to Japan for those who are expected to play an important role in the international performing arts scene.



Visiting Fellows 2017

Choy Ka Fai
[Artist]

Begüm Erciyas
[Artist]

Laura Stasane
[Arts Managers]
supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs,
Japan, in Fiscal Year 2017

Visiting Fellows 2016

Luis Garay Bacca
[Artist]

JK Anicoche
[Artist]

Yana Thönnes
[Artist]

Pichet Klunchun
[Artist]

Katia Arfara
[Arts Managers]
supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs,
Government of Japan, in Fiscal Year 2016

Visiting Fellows 2015
supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs,
Government of Japan, in Fiscal Year 2015

Visiting Fellows 2014
supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs,
Government of Japan, in Fiscal Year 2014

Visiting Fellows 2013
supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs,
Government of Japan, in Fiscal Year 2013

Visiting Fellows 2012
supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs,
Government of Japan, in Fiscal Year 2012

Visiting Fellows 2011
supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs,
Government of Japan, in Fiscal Year 2011 and 2012
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