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Uchimura Prize 2012
Call for UCHIMURA Prize 2012
The UCHIMURA Prize was inaugurated in 1992 on the initiative of the Japanese Centre of the International Theatre Institute in honour of its former president Naoya UCHIMURA, a significant Japanese playwright who devoted his life to promoting mutual knowledge and understanding of theatre throughout the world. The UCHIMURA Prize was created in collaboration with the UCHIMURA family, who have generously endowed it since its inception.
This annual award aims to stimulate and encourage initiatives taken by groups or individual artists, outside Japan, leading to an action or project bearing a relation to Japanese theatre.
The following rules govern the submission of applications for the UCHIMURA Prize 2012:
1. The project submitted must bear a relation to Japanese theatre (Dramatic work, production, performance of a play, adaptation, training course, scholarly work, etc.).
2. The candidate may be an individual, company or educational institution.
3. The project must have been shown, produced or completed in 2011 or 2012.
4. The candidate (person in charge of the project) must first notify the National Centre of ITI in their country of their desire to submit a project (check the list of ITI Centres on our website www.iti-worldwide.org/centrelist.php). If the candidate does not receive an answer within ten calendar days or if there is no ITI Centre in her/his country, she/he must contact the General Secretariat of ITI at UNESCO of their desire to submit an application.
5. The submission must be sent to the following addresses:
a) National Centre of the International Theatre Institute (list of addresses: www.iti-worldwide.org/centrelist.php)
b) General Secretariat of ITI (for countries with no ITI Centres, ITI, UNESCO, 1 rue Miollis, 75732 Paris CEDEX 15, France).
6. For the UCHIMURA Prize 2012, the documentation must be sent no later than 15 July 2012 to the above addresses.
7. The documentation must consist of (3 copies of each):
a) Presentation of the project (description, CV or history, maximum 2 pages in English, French or Spanish) – 3 copies
b) DVD, if available – 3 copies
c) 2 photos of the project (with the right to publish them on the ITI website and in ITI publications, if the project wins) – 3 copies
d) Up to 5 short excerpts from press articles – 3 copies
8. Incomplete submissions will not be taken into consideration.
9. The National Centre of ITI pre-selects only one candidacy for its country. In the case of an entry coming from a country where there is no ITI Centre, the entries are sent to the General Secretariat of ITI and another Centre chosen by the Executive Council of ITI can preselect one entry per country.
10. The National Centre has two weeks to review entries and sends the selected application to the General Secretariat of ITI at UNESCO by 30 July 2012.
11. The final jury consists of a representative of the Japanese Centre and two other jury members from countries that have not submitted candidacies. After the jury selects the winner, it presents its decision to the Executive Council for final approval.
12. The Jury's decision is final and notified to the successful candidate. The Jury will not provide any comments on the other entries.
13. In submitting the project, the candidates agree to abide by these rules.
14. The UCHIMURA prize, a monetary award of 3000 Euros (three thousand Euros), is awarded to the winner by the Executive Council of the International Theatre Institute.
15. The award winners will be announced at the end of September 2012 and may be awarded in a ceremony in their home country.
16. The award winners will be announced on the ITI website and if possible in other ITI publications.
Rights to Publish
17. By running for the UCHIMURA prize, the applicant gives the right to ITI to publish her/his/their name, photos, relevant documentation submitted and any additional recording of the award ceremony on the ITI website and other publications.
Winner Uchimura Prize 2011
SU-EN Butoh Company, Sweden with the performance LUSCIOUS
Music and interactive sound: Lee Berwick (UK),
Light design: Svante W Monie
Dance: SU-EN Butoh Company/SU-EN, Lina Palmgren, Frida Larsson, Marie Gavois
Luscious butoh project/Louise Varunée Lundström, Kajsa Wadhia, Tora Balslev, Gabriel Bohm Calles, Lina Samuelsson, Karin Ervelin
Song: Nuria Divi Sagre (USA/Spain)
First staged in September 2009 at the main stage of Dansens Hus Theatre, Stockholm
Award ceremony, organized by the Japanese Embassy to Sweden and ITI Sweden.