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  • Host organization

    Nonprofit Organization DANCE BOX

  • Address

    4F. Asuta Kunizuka 4-bankan, 6-1 Kubo-cho, Nagata-ku, Kobe-city, Hyogo 653-0041 Japan

  • Website

Objective Dance Box aims to create the environment that enriches local citizens’ quality of life through the application of dance art’s power, such as self-expression, communication, and cosmopolitanism, to today’s society; and use dance as a mean to develop children’s artistic and other sensitivities and create a culture-oriented community harmonious with nature.
Organization activities The Artist-in-Residence program under the open call system was inaugurated in FY 2012. Please note that in some years there will be no open call. The program is occasionally conducted in conjunction with the Kobe-Asia Contemporary Dance Festival.
Past Residents: Jecko Siompo, Pichet Klunchun, Choy Ka Fai, Darrell Jones, Erin Kilmurray
Founded in 1996
Background In Aril 1996, Dance Box Executive Committee was launched with its office in TORII Hall in Namba Sennichimae, Osaka. Dance Box started its activities with the “DANCE CIRCUS.1” performance. By March 2002, approximately 30 dance programs (including performance shows and workshops) were performed each year in TORII Hall. In August 2002, it obtained a non-profit corporation status. In the following October, “Art Theater dB” was established as part of the Shinsekai Arts Park in Festival Gate, an amusement park complex in Shinsekai, Osaka. The theater, constructed under the public sector and operated by the private sector, played a major role as one of Japan’s largest theaters that focus on contemporary dance and served as the birthplace of many new artists and dance pieces.
In July 2007, the theater was closed due to the closure of Festival Gate. Dance Box’s office was relocated to Higashi Yodogawa Ward, Osaka City in December 2007 to operate Studio dB from March 2008 to March 2009.
In April 2009, the office was relocated to Shin Nagata, Kobe where Art Theater dB Kobe was launched in collaboration with Kobe City (under the same scheme as Osaka Art Theater dB).
Location / Environment Nagata Ward is located in the central south of Kobe City, with a population of 100,000 people. The area has one of the largest Korea towns and Vietnam community in Japan, as well as many authentic okonomiyaki and BBQ restaurants. The origin of “Sobameshi” fried rice and noodle is Nagata Ward. The district was seriously damaged by fire following Hanshin Awaji Earthquake. As part of the post-quake recovery efforts, a tall statue of Gigantor (or Testujin 28) was established in the south area adjacent to Shin-nagata Station, which is welcomed by the community as a new local symbol.
Contact Nonprofit Organization DANCE BOX
4F. Asuta Kunizuka 4-bankan, 6-1 Kubo-cho, Nagata-ku, Kobe-city, Hyogo 653-0041 Japan
Contact person:Fumi Yokobori

Facility information

Studio informationAvailable

8 meters wide and 7.2 meters depth


Presentation spaceAvailable


10 minute walk from JR Shin Nagata Station
Required train time to reach Shin Nagata Station: approx. 70 minutes from Kyoto, approx.40 minutes from Osaka, and appox.15 minutes from Sannomiy

Open calls

Currently there is no program available for application.