The Saison Foundation was established in 1987 to support projects and activities related to contemporary Japanese performing arts on a worldwide level, mainly through grants and through the use of its rehearsal and residence facilities at Morishita Studio in Tokyo. “Saison Artist in Residence” began in 2011 to stimulate two-way international cultural exchanges, offering both the AIR Partnership to develop exchange residency programs with overseas institutions, and the Visiting Fellows programme to invite foreign artists and art managers to research the contemporary performing arts scene in Japan.
Taro Inamura (Program Director) started as a curator at Wacoal Art Center (Spiral), where he also ran an artist residency. He has been coordinating Saison Artist in Residence since 2011, supporting artists and art managers during their stay in Japan. Inamura was also a member of the NLI Research Institute’s Center for Arts and Culture, where he contributed on cultural policy and institutions.