Successful artists 2017:

Running Man: Nathan Smith and Max Pollard 

Inspired by the Japanese literary classic, Botchan, and the location Matsuyama, The Botchan Experience will be a new darkly, comedic dance film about the the detrimental effects of corporate culture and vibrancy, freedom and happiness.


This program is a partnership between Dancehouse and Japan Contemporary Dance Network and is part of the JCDN International Dance in Residence Exchange project Vol.7.



Film is a cultural means of expression that draws upon the social and historical underpinnings within which it
is fabricated. In this context, it forms a lasting trace of artistic practice, collaboration and exchange. This project relies on principles of cultural exchange and dialogue and aims to strengthen the knowledge of Australian and Japanese culture and society by circulating and exchanging contemporary dance films and developing a discourse of mutual understanding through the associated public program. 



One creative team of 2 Australian artists will be invited to work in residence in Matsuyama City (Ehime Prefecture) to create a short dance film of minimum 30 minutes.

The selected Australian artists (director, choreographer, media artist, and/or camera operator) will work in collaboration with local Japanese artists (choreographer, performers) and with the assistance of local technical teams.

The film will be screened in both Australia and Japan as part of a public program that includes artist talks.



Only film directors, choreographers, media artists, camera operators with a track record of other achievements in this genre should apply.

Artists must be Australian citizens or permanent residents.

***PLEASE NOTE this project will only cover costs for a creative teams of TWO. Together the 2 artists must cover all key creative roles: director, choreographer, media artist, camera person etc.  The team must be able to develop a concept, shoot, edit and deliver a short dance film of 30 minutes minimum.



  • You must ensure you meet the eligibility criteria
  • Apply by clicking this link (link to be inserted) before MAY 26 MIDNIGHT: no late applications will be accepted
  • Ensure your team has no more than TWO members, who together are capable of creating and delivering the film, covering all key roles of director, choreographer, media artist, camera operator, editor etc.
  • You must be able to commit to the full Schedule of the project – refer to Schedule below
  • You must agree to create a film of minimum 30 minutes of length.
  • You must be open to collaboration and dialogue with local artists as this is an international exchange project
  • The dance film must be created in response to the location's unique qualities – see below – and in collaboration with local dancers and crews.
  • You must be willing and able to use your own equipment to deliver the project.


  • EOI closes MAY 26
  • JUNE 1- Selected artists announced. Artists will be selected by a panel made up of the project partners.
  • Between JUNE 17-25 or JULY 2-10 – Artists undertake initial visit to Matsuyama for 5 days, to select location for shooting, select local artists, and meet the local collaborators
    (Please note: only main artist travels)
  • RESIDENCY 10-31 AUGUST 2017 (total 17 days): Residence in Matusyama, work with local team to shoot the film. The Australian artist(s) will be invited to conduct a small public program in partnership with the local organisations
  • JAN 10, 2018 – Australian artists finalise the dance film
  • FEB/MARCH 2018: The film will be screened in Japan (Kyoto and Matusyama) and at Dancehouse.


Kyoto-based Non-profit organization, Japan Contemporary Dance Network (JCDN) has been organising international exchange projects since 2011 with a view to provide opportunities to artists in Japan and overseas. JCDN aims to broaden Japanese artists' understanding of their culture, both traditional and contemporary, and history, though international exchanges and encounters.

JCDN produces the International Artists in Residence Exchange Projectannually in order for artists to broaden and expand their artistic activities. The previous collaborating countries include Finland, Korea, USA and Hong Kong. In 2017, JCDN is collaborating with Dancehouse, Australia.


This project is supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2017 and organised by Japan Contemporary Dance Network in partnership with Dancehouse.

The project is coordinated by Melbourne-based artist Yumi Umiumare.



Much literature and many haikus have been inspired by Matusyama and its old castle. The area is also famous for its hot springs and anecdotally, one of them Dogo Onsen was featured in the animation film by Hayao Miyazaki. The area of Mitsuhama is full of small fishing ports, old buildings and historical streets. More recently, several café and gallery have opened in renovated iconic houses or alleys. The local city council provides free ferry transport for the local residents. The City is famous thanks to its unique old township culture, including historical puppet style, Iyogennojo Joruri. Other interesting facts about the city of Matusyama is that there is a large number of people who practice dance on a regular basis. The city boasts many clubs in universities and dance studios and many trained contemporary dancers work nationally.

Matsuyama City

Dogo onsen (Dogo Hotspring) 



  • Artists who are able to attend the schedule as above
  • A choreographer/dancer who is able to direct to create a dance film
  • At least one media artist who is able to shoot the film and use their own  equipment
  • Established artists who have an established practice in dance and film
  • Australian artists who are keen to work in Matsuyama City, agree to the aim and objectives of the project, and also are enthusiastic to create a work in collaboration with Japanese artists and creative local teams.


Costs of international airfares and local transport will be covered for both trips to Japan

JPY3000 per diem per day per person paid directly to the artists

Accommodation will be provided. 

Total fee and production budget $9000AUD.

JCDN will coordinate and remunerate local performers and technical staff. JCDN will endeavor to cover costs as close to the artists' request as possible however the scale of the project and numbers of performers are limited. 



This project is supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2017 and organised by Japan Contemporary Dance Network in partnership with Dancehouse.