The Saison Foundation
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. The residence program aims to build an international network for contemporary performing arts and to enhance mutual understanding, and gives an opportunity for arts administrators to research the contemporary performing arts scene in Japan. The program supports research visits to Japan by artists and arts administrators i.e. producers, program directors, presenters and curators, who are expected to play an important role in the international performing arts scene and intend to carry out projects with contemporary theater and dance communities in Japan. The program offers grants and guest rooms at Morishita Studio during the research visit. Additionally, The Foundation also launches international project support program for medium to long-term artistic collaboration projects. This program offers grants and/or priority use of space at Morishita Studio in Tokyo (studios and guest rooms) for international theater and dance collaboration projects with not-for-profit contemporary Japanese performing artists and/or companies, including creative workshops and rehearsals held during the working process.
For the international project support program, applicants may include activities related to the preparatory stage of the project, such as meetings, research, residencies, workshops, etc. For visiting fellow program , applicants should hold a public talk or give a presentation on their country's art scene and their work; submit a report on the research visit; demonstrate the outcome of the research visit within one year after the visit, e.g. performing events, workshops, talk events or publications written in any language except Japanese.
There are 4 studios, varying between 77 and 240 square meter. Each studio is equipped with plywood flooring, mirrors and exercise bars, locker rooms, and also a small office with a direct-dial telephone. Other facilities within the building are lounge, restrooms and showers, pantries, and a pay copy and fax machine.
3 guest rooms, varying between 15 and 45 square meter. Each room has bath & toilet, kitchen, basic furniture including beddings. LAN Internet connections are also available with PC.
Located at the city centre and near Morishita subway station (a 5 minutes walk from the residency).