Bloom Up Residency Exchange Program

Partnership with RODEO (Germany)
Residency Period in Japan: from 1 June to 18 June 2018
Residency Period in Germany from 24 September to 14 October 2018

■Program Outline
This program aims to conduct a residency exchange program in partnership with the Bloom Up Residency by RODEO, performing arts festival in Munich. In June 2018, the foundation invited and supported THE AGENCY by Yana Thönnes who was a Visiting Fellows 2016. During their residency, they researched Sohoku Danshi (herbivore men), Zesshoku-kei Danchi, genderless men and men’s movements in Japan in order to develop the idea of Take it like a man – an alternative contemporary men’s movement. In September 2018, the foundation sent Kanako Azuma, visual artist to the Bloom Up Residency and support the collaboration with THE AGENCY.

・Participatory artists:
THE AGENCY, performance collective (Germany)
Kanako Azuma, visual artist


■Public Talk
Date:6 June 2108
Place:Studio S, Morishita Studio
Title:Take it like a man – an alternative contemporary men’ s movement

THE AGENCY introduced their major works and share the idea of a new piece Take it like a man – an alternative contemporary men’ s movement on the theme of contemporary new men and men’s movement.



THE AGENCY [Germany]
THE AGENCY was founded by Belle Santos, Yana Thönnes, Rahel Spöhrer and Magdalena Emmerig in 2015 and often collaborates with Nile Koetting, visual artist and Jeremy Nedd, choreographer and dancer. Their first piece, ASMR Yourself, won the jury prize of 100 Berlin Festival 2015 and was presented at major theatres in Germany incluiding HAU Hebbel am Ufer, PACT Zollverein and Münchner Kammerspiele. In 2017, Medusa Bionic Rise was premiered at Treibstoff Theatertage Basel and Perfect Romance was premiered at Münchner Kammerspiele in 2018. Yana Thönnes was a Visiting Fellow 2016 at The Saison Foundation.

The Saison Foundation extends its sincere gratitude to the following Legal Entity Support members and for their generous contributions (as of March 2023/in alphabetical order):