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Tarinof dance company
Tarinof dance company is presided by Maiko Hasegawa and Mamoru Sakata (dancer and choreographer).  Both of them have been concerned with ballet and contemporary dance from their childhood and won a lot of prizes in competitions.  From 2013, they stayed in Paris, France for two and half years under the Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists of Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan.  In 2015, they started their activities in Japan; they choreographed many pieces for domestic and foreign dancers, held workshops, and planned international exchange of artists.  Direction, composition, and choreography are jointly conducted by Sakata and Hasegawa.  Since 2013, they gave performances in more than 30 cities of six countries including Tokyo and Paris.  In 2014, “Nisha” won the first prizes in three international choreography concours held in dance festivals in France, Italy, and Serbia: Choreographiques du Festival d’Ici Danse a Vizille 2014, Cortoindanza 7th Edition 2014 National and International Projects of Contemporary Dance in the Mediterranean Basin at Italy Cagliari, and 18th Festival of Choreographic Miniatures at Belgrade.  They obtained artist-in-residence in the festivals of Italy and Serbia, and performed “Hai” in five cities in these countries next year.  They were the finalist of the International Dance Festival MASDANZA 2016 held in Spain.  Through the choreography with unique embodiment and dark texture, we produce our pieces which can have critical viewpoint to intolerable society and uncover the discomfort lurking in daily life.

Maiko Hasegawa
She started to learn classical ballet from four years old.  Her mentor was Michiko Baba, BMB Baba Michiko Academie de Ballet.  She participated in Prix de Lausanne and appeared on the stages of classical ballet.   After finding her way to a contemporary dance at the age of 20 years old, she distinguished herself and won the first place and the Tachibana Akiko prize in the 2009 National Dance Contest held in Saitama, Japan.  In the same year, she launched a dance project company, “m.” where she worked on direction, composition, and choreography herself.  Since then, she gave performance every year and expanded her activity.  In 2011, she released “Molu”, a collaborative work with a musician from a dance project “M+”, an evolution of “m.”.  This work was performed in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan.  In 2012, she joined a dance company, Nohmi Kenshi & Dance Theatre 21.  This encounter changed her sense of values for creation; she is now seeking for, in her daily life, the hints necessary for building up her own creation style.  From 2013, she stayed in Paris, France for two and half years under the Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists of Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan.

Mamoru Sakata
He started to learn modern dance and classical ballet from childhood.  Nohmi Kensi and Hiromi Karube were his mentors for contemporary dance, and Masumi Tanase and Yoko Tanaka were those for classical ballet.  He now belongs to a dance company, Nohmi Kenshi & Dance Theatre 21.  He graduated Art Department, Faculty of Literature of Tamagawa University.  During his student days, he studied abroad in Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, U.K. where he learned choreography and dance technique and finished ISP course.  After returning to Japan, he appeared on a lot of works of domestic and overseas choreographers and won the first prizes in many dance contests in Japan with solo works of his own.  He also received the new face award and the encouragement prize from the Contemporary Dance Association of Japan.  Recently, he is holding physical expression workshops for children in classical ballet and modern dance studios and those with physical and mental disability.  In 2012, the first collaborative work with Maiko Hasegawa, “amulet” won the first prize, the Minister of Education Award and Yamada Goro Award in the category of original work of Tokyo Shinbun National Dance Contest.  From 2013, he stayed in Paris, France for two and half years under the Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists of Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan.