Japan, China and Korea organize the Trilateral Art Festival to introduce each country’s outstanding traditional and contemporary cultural performances on the basis of an agreement between the culture ministers of the three countries.
The Agency for Cultural Affairs is hosting the Trilateral Art Festival 2017 – Dance, Connect, Surpass in Kyoto, the Culture City of East Asia 2017 with the participation of performing arts groups and others from the three countries.
The event will be opened by a lyrical medley of songs from Japan, China and Korea performed by the soprano, Hiroko Kouda, together with the Kyoto City University of Arts / Osaka College of Music string ensemble under the baton of Yunosuke Yamamoto, and the choir of the Kyoto Seibo Gakuin Elementary School singing Our Future, the Japan-China-Korea friendship song.
The main event, the Japan-China-Korea dance gala, will include the premiere of a new work by the leading Japanese choreographer and dancer, Megumi Nakamura, and presentations by performing arts groups from China and Korea.
We hope you will enjoy these performances by leading artists from Japan, China and Korea to the full.


6 July 2017: The Trilateral Arts Festival 2017 – Dance, Connect, Surpass will take place on Friday, 25 August 2017.

6 July 2017: A website and Facebook page have been created for the Trilateral Arts Festival 2017 – Dance, Connect, Surpass.





Trilateral Arts Festival 2017 -Dance, Connect, Surpass -
Friday, 25th August 2017
Doors open: 19:00 Festival Starts: 19:30
Ends: 21:00 (expected)
South Hall, ROHM Theatre Kyoto
13 Okazakisaishoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City
Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan

Kyoto City / Organizing Committee of Culture City of East Asia 2017 Kyoto

Conductor: Yunosuke Yamamoto
Soprano: Hiroko Kouda
String Orchestra: Kyoto City University of Arts, Osaka College of Music
Chorus: Kyoto Seibo School Choir

<Trilateral Dance Gala>
Contemporary dance performances by representative dancers etc. of Japan, China and Korea

Megumi Nakamura / Naoya Homan / Mizuki Nakajima / Takuro Watanabe etc.

*The participating performing arts groups from China and Korea will be announced on the official website as the details are finalized at: http://www.taf 2017.jp

*Please refer to Attachment 1 for the profiles of the confirmed participants. Please be aware that the content of the festival may be subject to change without prior notice.

How to Apply:
Application by lottery. Apply via the official website, by fax or by postcard with your name, postal address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address. Please use the application form below if applying by fax and send it to reach the Trilateral Art Festival 2017 Secretariat by the shown deadline.

Application Form

Application Period:
Thurs. 6th July – Thurs. 10th August. Applications must arrive by August 10th at the latest.
Apply via the official website (http://www.taf2017.jp), by fax (06-6945-7133) or by postcard
Announcement of Results:
The Secretariat will notify applicants of the results by postcard or e-mail at least one week prior to the event.
Audience Applications, Trilateral Art Festival 2017 Secretariat
5F NS21 Building, 3-1-18 Tanimachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka City 540-0012
Tel: 06-6945-7135 (10:00-17:00 on weekdays / Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays)
Fax: 06-6945-7133
e-mail: info_taf2017@nhk-p.co.jp
* Please refer to the website for the latest information
Website: http://www.taf2017.jp






Yunosuke Yamamoto

Both of Yamamoto’s parents were composers and he learned piano and composition from an early age. He studied conducting under his father, Naozumi Yamamoto, Kazuaki Momiyama and Tsunanobu Kawamoto, and cello under Tatsuo Saito and Yasushi Horie. After graduating from the Tokyo University of the Arts, he also took his Master’s degree at the same university. He played cello for the Halley String Quartet and for the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra as a principal cellist, and is currently active as both cello soloist and conductor. Orchestras conducted by Yamamoto include the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo New Philharmonic Orchestra, New Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kyoto Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. He has also conducted junior and amateur orchestras across Japan and his projects, arrangements, conducting and presentations of concerts for family audiences are particularly highly appreciated. He conducted 300 cellists from Japan and South Korea at a Japan - South Korea Friendship Cello Concert in 2002 and has been conducting the cello ensemble at the annual Cello Congress in Japan at the Suntory Hall since 2011. Yamamoto was appointed chief conductor of the Tokyo New Philharmonic Orchestra in 2011. In 2013, he conducted the Myanmar National Symphony Orchestra on national television there and engaged in outreach activities at a school for the visually impaired and the Japanese school in Yangon. He conducted the same orchestra again to high acclaim at the National Theatre of Yangon in November, 2014, and became its music director and chief conductor in 2015. In addition to classical music, his concerts incorporate a wide range of other genres, including cartoon and theatrical scores, and he still performs on cello as well. Through all of these activities, his constant goal is to present richly expressive, heartwarming music that imparts serenity and courage to the audience.

Hiroko Kouda

A graduate of Tokyo University of the Arts, Hiroko Kouda took her Master’s degree at the graduate school of the same university and Opera Training Institute before crossing to Europe to continue her studies in Bologna and Vienna. She gained outstanding results at international music competitions and has sung at many of Europe’s leading opera houses. Her leading roles in the homeland of opera include Elivira in I Puritani at the Teatro Massimo Bellini in Catania, Olympia in the Tales of Hoffmann at the Rome Opera House, and Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito at the Oper Stuttgart. She joined the prestigious Volksoper Wien in 2000, where she performed such roles as the Queen of the Night in the Magic Flute and Nanetta in Falstaff.
Since returning to Japan, she has received high acclaim for such roles as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier, Zerbinetta in Ariadne auf Naxos and Adele in Die Fledermaus, performing superbly in recent years as Olympia in the Tales of Hoffmann at the New National Theatre, Tokyo, Gilda in Rigoletto at the Biwako Hall, and Pamina in the Magic Flute at the Tokyo Nikikai Opera Foundation. The conductor, Ryusuke Numajiri, composed his opera, Taketori Monogatari, with Kouda in mind for the leading role of Kaguyahime, which she premiered to great acclaim in 2014 and also took to Hanoi in February, 2015 and Biwako Hall in August, 2015. She has sung with the NHK Symphony Orchestra and other major orchestras and given recitals across Japan. In the media, she is a popular radio personality in partnership with Shohei Shofukutei on the NHK FM program Kimagure Classic, and since 2012 has also been presenting the BS Fuji music and talk show, Recipe An. In May, 2017 she marked the tenth anniversary of her CD debut with the release of Kouda Hiroko Best Selection from Denon.
Winner of the 14th Gotoh Memorial Foundation Prize for the Best New Opera Singer, Jury Recommendation in the 38th Exxon Mobil Music Awards (Western Music), and 3rd Cruise Ambassador. Member of Tokyo Nikikai Opera Foundation.

Kyoto Seibo School Choir

Founded in 1974, the Kyoto Seibo School Choir is now in its forty-third year. The current choir has 34 members from the fourth to sixth grades (aged 9 to 12) who love to sing. The children practice before classes begin in the morning, after school and on Saturdays. The choir gives them the opportunity to make friends with children in different grades and learn to help and teach other while also polishing their own singing voices and growing through the musical works they tackle. The choir’s motto is “Bringing happiness to all through song!” The great aim, while full of gratitude to the many people who support and make this activity possible, is to spread that happiness through their own voices.
The choir not only performs an important role in religious services but also welcomes guests to the school with song. In recent year, there have been increasing numbers of invitations from professional musicians, too, and opportunities to sing with them on stage. In June, they performed Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in German at a regular concert of the long-established Kyoto City Philharmonic Chorus. The children sang wonderfully in spite of their nerves and took another giant step forward.
The choir has participated in various competitions and represented the Kinki region three times in NHK’s nationwide school music contest, winning the Bronze Medal in 2014. The choir also wins prizes most years in the MBS regional children’s contest and has been recognized with the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Prize in the national contest.
The choir’s members strive with all their might alongside their regular schoolwork to understand the lyrics of each work and touch the hearts of listeners through song.

Kyoto City University of Arts,Osaka College of Music

A combined string ensemble assembled specially for the Trilateral Art Festival 2017 by the Kyoto City University of Arts and Osaka College of Music.

 <Contemporary dance performances by representative dancers etc. of Japan, China and Korea>

Megumi Nakamura

After being awarded the professional prize at the Prix de Lausanne in 1988, she joined Le jeune ballet de France, Opera de Avignon, Les ballets de Monte Carlo. She then worked with the Netherlands Dance Theatre, led by Jirí Kylián from 1991 to 1999. After leaving the company, she worked in Netherland, where she choreographed and danced a solo piece “Dream Window” which received Golden Theater Prize in 2000. In 2001 she premiered Jirí Kylián’s evening-length solo “Black bird” at Saitama Arts Theatre and awarded Nimura Dance Prize. In 2005 she presented “A play of a play” and a solo piece “One6” in Netherland. She moved to Japan in 2007. Having been working as a dancer as well as choreographer, she has presented numerous works, which includes Noism07 “Waltz” (The New Talent Award from the Dance Critics Society of Japan) and “Black flower” in K ballet company’s “New pieces” series, and “The Well-tempered” and “Toki no niwa (The Garden of Time)” at Kanagawa Kenmin Hall. She actively works with Yasuyuki Shuto; she joined premier performances of KAAT “DEDICATED” series (produced by Yasuyuki Shuto) with the works such as “WHITE ROOM” (supervised by Jirí Kylián, choreographed and performed by Megumi Nakamura), “No Exit” (directed by Akira Shirai) and “Hamlet” (choreographed and performed by Megumi Nakamura). At New National Theatre Tokyo, she presented “Shakespeare THE SONNETS” and “UNE PETITE MAISON” with her own direction, choreography and performance. Besides her own choreographic activities, she worked as a coach for Jirí Kylian’s productions in ballet companies and schools around the world, including Opera National de Paris. In 2006 and 2007, she joined Prix de Lausanne as a coach for contemporary repertories. Received Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts in 2011, Yokohama Cultural Award in 2013 and Chieko Hattori Ballet Prize in 2015.

Naoya Homan

Entered the National Ballet of Japan Training Institute in 2008 and joined the ballet company in 2010. Promoted to first artist in 2015. While performing the classical ballet repertory, he also performs big solo and duo roles in contemporary dance. Homan devotes great energy to choreography, too, and many of his works have been presented at the New National Theatre’s productions for budding choreographers. He has been expanding his activities outside the National Theatre in recent years in choreography, direction, performance and solo presentations. The On-Stage newspaper named him Best New Choreographer in 2016.

Mizuki Nakajima

An artist of the National Ballet of Japan, she was a member of the 11th class of the ballet’s Training Institute. She has performed in such ballets as Don Quixote, Aladdin, Romeo & Juliet, Cinderella, Roland Petit’s Copellia, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle and Beethoven’s Sonata choreographed by Megumi Nakamura.

Takuro Watanabe

An artist of the National Ballet of Japan and graduate of the 12th class of the Ballet Training Institute.

*The participating performing arts groups from China and Korea will be announced on the official website as the details are finalized at: http://www.taf 2017.jp

*Please refer to Attachment 1 for the profiles of the confirmed participants. Please be aware that the content of the festival may be subject to change without prior notice.