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2023/03/28InformationMorishita StudioSaison AIR

Covid-19 Prevention and Control Measures at Morishita Studio

We kindly ask our studio users to take Covid-19 prevention and control measures on your own in accordance with the Japanese government’s Mask Use Guidance from 13 March 2023 and your cooperation in ensuring basic practices such as frequent ventilation, handwashing, and hand sanitizing while using our facilities.

2022/07/07InformationSaison AIR

The Saison Foundation’s website maintenance

[ANNOUNCEMENT] The Saison Foundation’s website will be temporarily down for maintenance from 22:00 to 24:00 on Friday, July 15 (JST).
Please also note temporary email delivery suspension may occur during and right after the upgrade.
We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

2022/06/02ApplicationSaison AIR

Open call for Visiting Fellows 2022

The open calls for Saison Artist in Residence Visiting Fellow, which supports creative research for international contemporary theater and dance artist, has been announced
→Visiting Fellows 2022

2021/07/14ApplicationSaison AIR

Open Call for Online Research Residency 2021/22

Online Research Residency offers artistic development opportunities to research and spend time building links with the other participating artists.

→Program Guidelines: Online Research Residency

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Covid-19 Safety Measures at Morishita Studio

In order to reduce the risk of catching coronavirus (Covid-19) and passing it on to others, please follow the hygiene protocols listed below when entering and using Morishita Studio:
1. Wash hands and use hand sanitizers
2. Wear masks
3. Gargle
4. If you cough or sneeze, use a tissue or into your bended elbow and wash or sanitize your hands immediately afterwards
5. Provide fresh air (ventilation) within the studios
6. Observe physical distancing

*Please refrain from entering the studio if you are feeling unwell, especially if you have respiratory issues (cough, running nose, shortness of breath) and symptoms of fever.

At the studio, our employees will take the following precautionary measures in order to ensure the safety of our visitors:
● Wearing masks
● Installation of sanitizers
● Ventilation of indoor shared spaces

Thank you for your cooperation.

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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 two types of support:

Saison AIR Partnership

This program aims to develop exchange residency programs with international partners, 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. Those who wish to start collaboration projects between an overseas artist and a Japanese artist through artist-in-residence programs are also eligible to apply.

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.


Saison AIR Partnership 2022
Footscray Community Arts Exchange Project

This exchange project is organized with Footscray Community Arts in Melbourne, Australia. For this year’s iteration, the project invited Uncle Larry Walsh of the Footscray Community Arts Indigenous Advisory Group and Dan Mitchell, Footscray Community Arts’ senior producer, to Japan.

Residency Period: August 28–September 10, 2022 (Japan)
Residency Venues: Morishita Studio (Tokyo), Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio
Participating Artists and Art Managers:
Uncle Larry Walsh (Australia)
Dan Mitchell (Australia)

The artist Mayunkiki, active at festivals both in Japan and overseas and a member of the traditional Ainu vocal group MAREWREW, and Kanoko Tamura, who heads Art Translators Collective and works in contemporary art and performing arts, were invited to Australia.

Residency Period: February 27–March 14, 2023 (Australia)
Residency Venues: Footscray Community Arts (Melbourne), POWERHOUSE-GALANG (Sydney)
Participating Artists and Arts Managers:
Mayunkiki (Japan)
Kanoko Tamura (Japan)


Saison AIR Partnership 2022
Turn off the house lights

This exchange project is held in partnership with the artist collective Mapped to the Closest Address. The Japan-based Shuntaro Yoshida and Maharu Maeno collaborated with the Germany-based Alex Viteri and Catalina Fernández.

In this project, which was launched in 2020, Mapped to the Closest Address conducts research gathering different voices and stories from people they have met in Tokyo and Berlin (a gardener, arborist, community garden members, farmer, winemaker), and from friends and family. Turn off the house lights, a dance performance interweaving past, present, and imaginary landscapes, along with those voices and narratives, was staged by the Berlin collective in March 2022. For fiscal 2022, Alex Viteri and Catalina Fernández were invited to Tokyo, where they collaborated with Shuntaro Yoshida and Maharu Maeno.

Residency Period: August 3–September 14, 2022
Residency Venue: Morishita Studio

Participating Artists:
Alex Viteri (dramaturge)
Catalina Fernández (lighting and sound designer)
Shuntaro Yoshida (dancer, choreographer, contemporary dance and performance researcher)
Maharu Maeno (artist, performer)
Violeta (videographer, performer)



Saison AIR Partnership 2021
Museum of Human E-Motions 2021

This dance exchange project is organized jointly with Comune di Bassano del Grappa (Italy), La Briqueterie – Centres de développement chorégraphique nationaux du Val-de-Marne (France), the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Taiwan), and West Kowloon Cultural District (Hong Kong).
From September 2021, four artists participated in digital residencies hosted by each of the partner institutions, with the results presented in December. The Saison Foundation invited Daisuke Muto to discuss with the participating artists about the social natural of choreography and approaches to dance through the theme of choreography and ecosystems.

The following artists participated: Aina Alegre (France/Spain), Chan Wai Lok (Hong Kong), Federica Dalla Pozza (Italy), and Yen-Fang Yu (Taiwan).
Aina Alegre
Federica Dalla Pozza
Chan Wai Lok
Yen-Fang Yu

Saison AIR Partnership 2021
Turn off the house lights

This exchange project is conducted in partnership with the artist collective Mapped to the Closest Address. The Japan-based Shuntaro Yoshida and Maharu Maeno visited and worked with the Germany-based Alex Viteri and Catalina Fernández. The pandemic prevented Viteri and Fernández from reciprocating and coming to Japan, so the second part of the residency was held online. As a practice for disentangling awe, beliefs, and discord over nature, the artists recorded environmental sounds and filmed landscapes to create a sound installation. The Berlin collective held a performance that was streamed online.
[Participating artists]
Alex Viteri
Catalina Fernandez
Shuntaro Yoshida
Maharu Maeno


Saison AIR Partnership 2021
Footscray Community Arts Exchange Project

This exchange project is organized with Footscray Community Arts, an arts center in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. Since the pandemic prevented the foundation and Footscray Community Arts from sending artists to take part in residencies, an online symposium, “Looking Back on 50 Years of Indigenous Cultural and Artistic Activities in Australia and Japan,” was organized instead to encourage understanding of the state of cultural and artistic activities among indigenous peoples in Japan and Australia.

Vicki Couzens (Artist, Footscray Community Arts Indigenous Advisory Group)
Dan Mitchell (Senior Producer, Indigenous Cultural Program, Footscray Community Arts)
Masahiro Nomoto (Director of Culture Promotion Department, Upopoy National Ainu Museum and Park)


Online Research Residency 2021/22

Support was provided for creativity-focused research by artists working in and outside Japan in the fields of dance or performance. The participants engaged with different themes by conducting literature reviews and fieldwork, and then taking part in sessions to share those processes with the other artists. Online workshops and final presentations were held to share the artists’ distinct practices, methods, and training with the general public.
Jang He-jin
Pat Toh
Pijin Neji
Nanako Matsumoto
Zander Porter
Yang Zhen

Performing Arts AiR Study Group

This study group searches for the importance and roles of artist residencies in the performing arts. For this fiscal year, it explored the theme of possibilities and challenges for artist residency networks and partnerships, and the sustainability of artist residencies after the pandemic. It shared attitudes and issues related to running and producing performing arts residency programs, and exchanged opinions on future approaches and directions.

Performing Arts AiR Meeting at YPAM

This symposium series considers the role of and new possibilities for artist residencies in the performing arts. This year, it focused on initiatives specific to public halls and theaters, and elucidated the situation and significance of residencies in such institutions.


Saison AIR Partnership 2020
Museum of Human E-Motions 2020

A dance exchange program in partnership with Comune di Bassano del Grappa in Italy, La Briqueterie Centre de développement chorégraphique national du Val-de-Marne in France, Weiwuying National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts in Taiwan, and Freespace, West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong.
In FY2020, five artists from different cultural and historical backgrounds toured the digital residencies hosted by each partner institution from September 2020, and presented their results in December 2020.
Osamu Shikichi
Giacomo Citton
Sarah Xiao
Fouad Boussouf
Liu Yen-Cheng



Saison AIR Partnership 2020
Open Forest Launch

An exchange program with the art collective, “Mapped to the Closest Address.”
In FY2020, “Open Forest Launch”, a digital residency connecting art activities in Tokyo and Berlin, was hold.
[Participating artists]
Alex Viteri
Catalina Fernandez
Shuntaro Yoshida
Maharu Maeno


Online Research Residency 2020/21

Online Research Residency is a program that supports research with a view to creative work, providing an opportunity for artists to broaden the scope of their creative activities and deepen their connections with artists working in Japan and abroad.
In parallel with their own research, participating artists took part in group sessions where they could share their research process online with other participating artists. In addition, online workshops and presentations of the results were held to share the artists’ own dance practices and methods, research ideas, and methodologies.
Kristīne Brīniņa
Saori Hala
Adrienne Hart
Megumi Kamimura
Acaye Kerunen
Declan Whitaker

Visiting Fellows 2020

Performing Arts AIR Study Group

With the aim of exploring the significance and role of artist-in-residence in the performing arts, the Performing Arts AIR Study Group conducted a survey to understand the actual situation, trends, and issues in the production and operation of AIRs related to the performing arts, and held study sessions.


Performing Arts AiR Meeting 2020

Performing Arts AiR Meeting is a program aimed at promoting artist-in-residence programs for the performing arts in Japan.
In February 2021, a symposium was held at TPAM 2020 (International Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama) to clarify the reality and significance of artist-in-residence as a local place in today’s globalized society.


Japan Italy France Taiwan Dance Exchange Program: Museum of Human E-motion

Museum of Human E-motion is a dance exchange program between The Saison Foundation (Japan), Comune di Bassano del Grappa (Italy), La Briqueterie – Centres de Développement Chorégraphique du Val-de-Marne (France) and National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Taiwan). Teita Iwabuchi, Sorour Darabi (Iran / based in France), Masako Matsushita (Italy) and Ming-Hwa Yeh (Taiwan) worked at Morishita Studio in December 2019. Each organization hosts a residency program, Italy in August, France in September 2019, Taiwan in December 2019 and January 2020.
Teita Iwabuchi
Sorour Darabi
Masako Matsushita
Ming-Hwa Yeh

Co3 Australia Exchange Program MA Project

Raewyn Hill
Exchange program with Co3 Australia, resident dance company at the State Theatre Centre of Western Australia. Raewyn Hill, artistic director of Co3 Australia stayed and worked at Morishita Studio in June 2019 and Naoko Yoshimoto, a visual artist will stay and work in Australia in July 2019.

Visiting Fellows 2019

Adrienne Hart
for personal reasons)

Performing Arts AiR Meeting

The Performing Arts AiR Meeting aims to promote the artist-in-residence programs in performing arts in Japan. In February 2019, the foundation co-sponsored and held a lecture and symposium at TPAM 2019 (International Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama) for information sharing and networking of the artist-in-residence programs in performing arts In fiscal 2020, a meeting was held at Nagano Prefecture’s small theater, Sai no Kaku in December 2019, to deepen understanding of the artist-in-residence production and management, and support of the resident artists. In February 2020, in collaboration with the International Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama, at TPAM 2020 (International Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama), a roundtable was held to discuss why AiR is so indispensable “now,” introducing examples of the artist-in-residence programs which artists or producers have “personally” started.
at TPAM 2020
at Ueda Theatre Festival 2019
at TPAM 2019


Japan Italy France Dance Exchange Program: Kiseki – Trajectories

Kiseki – Trajectories is a dance exchange program between The Saison Foundation (Japan), Comune di Bassano del Grappa (Italy), La Briqueterie – Centres de Développement Chorégraphique du Val-de-Marne (France).
Teita Iwabudhi, Giorgia Nardin, Satchie Noro worked at Morishita Studio in February 2018. The program continues and each organization hosts residency program in Italy in August and in France in September 2018.
Teita Iwabuchi
Giorgia Nardin
Satchie Noro

Bloom Up Residency Exchange Program

Artist Collective (Theater)
1 June to 18 June 2018
Exchange program with RODEO hosting an international performing arts festival and residency program, Bloom Up Residency in Munich, Germany.

TÓPOS Exchange Program

Exchange program with Colectivo La Perdición based in Barcelona, Spain.
Pau Aran Gemeno
Junya Ishii
Kaho Kogure








The Saison Foundation extends its sincere gratitude to the following Legal Entity Support members and for their generous contributions (as of March 2022/in alphabetical order):