About Deshima AIR

The Deshima AIR project is an initiative to promote the cultural exchange between the Netherlands and Japan.

Netherlands and Japan have more than four hundred years of trade relations with each other and have build a special cultural and scientific ties.
During a period of over 200 years until the mid-nineteenth century, the Dutch were the only Westerners who had access to Japan. On the island of Deshima in Nagasaki was a trading post established. Annually, a so-called court journey undertaken to the Shogun in Edo, now Tokyo. Deshima was Japan’s window on the West.
The Deshima AIR project wants this special relationship to continue and where possible expand it.

The Deshima AIR project calls artists and people with a creative and open mind in order to submit a project.
Projects with special attention to the geographical, cultural, historical or social situation of Amsterdam (Netherlands) are preferred. What would you learn from Dutch society and what would you contribute to Dutch society are main topics.

During Deshima AIR project you will stay in the heart of Amsterdam. As a resident you can better experience than a tourist from a hotel or guesthouse the everyday life in the city. In this way, a mutual exchange of Dutch and Japanese culture becomes reality.
The team of Deshima AIR project will guide you in Amsterdam and – where possible – support your project.
Of the participants is a large degree of independence, curiosity and flexibility expected.

a mutual exchange of Dutch and Japanese culture becomes reality

THE ART OF POLE DANCE WITH ERIKA SUGANUMA

From the 18th of April till the 18th of May, pole dancer Erika Suganuma will participate in the Deshima AIR program. Erika Suganuma combines flexibility with art and her graceful and elegant style made her the champion of Miss Pole dance Korea in 2014.

Erika is interested in the Dutch Pole dance style and wants to exchange techniques and styles. She is therefore visiting several pole dance studios in Amsterdam and gaining new experiences. To be able to perform at top level Erika is currently continuing her pole dance training at the Elisajo studio’s in Alkmaar and has participated in several workshops at the Chalans pole dance studio. Furthermore, Erika has expressed her interest in Aerial yoga by participating in a variety of workshops and an Aerial photo shoot at the OT301 movement academy. 
Erika gave a performance at Sexyland on the 26th of April.
She performed in the courtyard of the Artists Community Wittenburcht in Amsterdam.

During her stay she collaborated with the photographers Froukje de JongLena Nosulenko and Roos Trommelen.

She collaborated with the artist Moritz Ebinger.

Contemporary Noh Theatre with Toshikazu Marumachi

From 1st April till 30 April, the Noh theater performer Toshikazu Marumachi will participate in the Deshima AIR program.
Toshikazu Marumachi is a Noh theatre performer from Hiroshima, with a background in traditional Noh-theatre and experiences in contemporary performing arts.

Deshima AIR organized an interesting program for him. He will give an expert workshop at the Sandberg Institute. He will perform with the Genetic Choir and Miyaku Inoue at the Dokzaal, Plantage Doklaan 8 on the 18th April. An he will give a performance at the Japanese Garden in The Hague on Saturday 29th April with Klaas Hekman. So if you’re around, please visit the events and experience some traditional Japanese Noh Theatre with a contemporary touch.

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For Whom

This AIR is open for Japanese artists and other creative people with an open mind.

Projects with special attention to the geographical, cultural, social or historical situation of Amsterdam (Netherlands) are preferred.
Of the participants is a large degree of independence, curiosity and flexibility expected.

What would you learn from Dutch society and what would you contribute to Dutch society are main topics.

Proposals outside this framework, will be discussed about and where possible be supported.

Period of participation
1st January – 31st July 2018

For whom
artists in the broadest sense, people with a creative spirit and open mind

Number of participants
1 – 4 a year

Length of stay
30 days up to 90 days

Deadline of application
31 December 2017