Collaboration Across Japan, Central Asia,  and  Ireland

Echoes of Calling – Gushland –

Fri, Feb 18 19:00
Sat, Feb 19 14:00 / 18:30
Sun, Feb 20 14:00

Location: Spiral Hall


Announcing Cast Change

As part of the measures against COVID-19, the Japanese government has announced to maintain the current border restrictions until the end of February.

Accordingly, the following artists will not be able to join the performance in Japan in person:

Dancer: Minte Wolde
Musicians: Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde, Diane Cannon

Their appearance in the live performance will be limited to film  and  music. We appreciate your kind understanding.

You can watch the performance of the first volume of our project, “Echoes of Calling,” filmed in January 2021 for free at “STAGE BEYOND BORDERS-Selection of Japanese Performances-“ until January 19, 2023. “STAGE BEYOND BORDERS-Selection of Japanese Performances-“ is a project by The Japan Foundation  and  streams prominent Japanese performance art pieces online to worldwide audiences who are seeking for opportunities to experience Japanese performance arts but are unable to so due to COVID-19 restrictions.
You can find “Echoes of Calling” Vol. 1 at:

We have created an official Akiko Kitamura Instagram account.

Please find us at:

“Echoes of Calling” Dance Workshop

21(sun) & 28(sun) Nov 2021

Toun-bldg. 4F 1-13-10 Shibaura, Minato-ku Tokyo


Eligibility & Description:
“Beginner Level”
“Echoes of Calling” is a long-term international collaborative dance project from Japan  and  Ireland, expanding to Central Asia. The participants will partake in a dialogue between the bodies that Akiko Kitamura has conceived inspired by Celtic  and  Japanese and  other Asian traditional dance  and  music, developing rhythm  and  dancing as if singing.


Fees (1 class):
General ¥3,000
Minato Ward Resident Discount (those living, working,  or  studying in Minato Ward) ¥2,500 * Please bring an identification to show that you live, work,  or  study in Minato Ward. Note that the discount is not available to those using a class pass.

All types of Architanz class passes can be used.
* A-Passes can be used for this class.

Please pay in cash at the door on the day.


Capacity: 30 people


Contact & Reservation
Studio Architanz  03-5730-2732
* Reservations can be made starting at 2:00 p.m. the day before.


Organization: Office ALB
Co-sponsored: Studio ARCHITANZ
Supported by Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History  and  Culture)
FY 2021 Minato Support Program for Arts  and  Cultural Activities

“When Singing, When Dancing — Prayers  and  Wishes of Mongolian Nomads”

Nature  and  its omnipotence only permits that nomads be fearful  and  grateful for it. The nomads compiled their modest wishes  and  prayers into words, eventually morphing these into songs, music,  and  dance. The nomads created  and  passed these down to immortalize a desired state  and  recreate peace at any time. What is a song for them? What is dance for them?  And  how did these change as human activities increased? Mikiya Nishimura has been conducting fieldwork for years with the approach, “what is ‘it’ for the nomads?” This workshop will be themed on his talks on Mongolian nomadic songs  and  dance  and  delivered in the format of a “virtual gallery talk” accompanied by valuable images  and  videos.


<Mikiya Nishimura Bio>
Born in 1966, Mikiya now lives in a forest at the foot of Mt. Yotei. He graduated from Mongolian Language Department, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies  and  then from Graduate School of Area  and  Culture Studies. He attended a doctoral program at School of Cultural  and  Social Studies, Graduate University for Advanced Studies, SOKENDAI. He also studied abroad in China  and  Mongolia multiple times. His specialty is cultural anthropology  and  anthropology of religion. His field of research includes Shamanism in Mongolian regions  and  Mongolian reindeer herders, Tsaatan. To disseminate nomadic culture, he began his activities  and  started a listings magazine, Shagaa, in 1994,  and  in 2008, founded North Asia Cultural Exchange Center Shagaa. In 2012, he was awarded a Friendship Medal from Mongolia.


Date & Time: Thursday, November 11, 2021 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Part 1 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Virtual Gallery Talk by Mikiya Nishimura

Part 2 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Cross Talk between Mikiya Nishimura x Seiji Murao ( Department of Culture, Faculty of Human Studies, Seisen Jogakuin College) x Akiko Kitamura (Faculty of Arts, Shinshu University)

Format: Web Conference System “Zoom”

Fees: Free

How to Apply: Please email
* The streaming link will be sent to you by the day before the workshop.

*** NOTE***
The workshop will be livestreamed. Please make sure that you have a stable Internet connection  and  are in a quiet place.

Organized by: Faculty of Arts, Shinshu University “2021 Faculty-Promoted Project ‘Community-Driven Place of Interlearning’”; Multicultural Exchange Salon; General Incorporated Association Office ALB
Cooperation by: Faculty of Human Studies, Seisen Jogakuin College; Incorporated NPO Shagaa
Sponsored by: Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Arts Council Tokyo; 2021 KISSPORT FOUNDATION

The exciting dance collaboration called ‘Echoes of Calling – Encounter’ will have its online premiere as part of the Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture programme.

Acclaimed Japanese dance choreographer Akiko Kitamura has used online workshops_and_rehearsals to collaborate with three West of Ireland dancers, dancers in Tokyo,_and_sean nós singers from Donegal on a short piece inspired by her visit to Inis Oirr, Connemara,_and_Galway in Ireland in 2019.

The film is the result of a partnership between Aras Eanna Inis Oirr, Galway 2020 _and_EU Japan Fest, bringing the most westerly arts centre in Europe together with the giant metropolis of Tokyo.

The film will be available to view for free for a week from today till Friday, 30 April.

Please join us on the page below for the world premiere of the film.

The screening at 9pm in Japan (1pm in Ireland) today will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by acclaimed dancer artist_and_choreographer Breandan de Gallaí.

Akiko Kitamura will join “live” from Tokyo, along with Dara McGee of Aras Eanna Arts Centre,_and_sean nós singers Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde_and_Diane Cannon, who travelled to Tokyo for a stage performance of ‘Echoes of Calling’ in January.

We are delighted to confirm that ‘MolScéal’, TG4’s wonderful social media platform, have come on board as media partners for the launch.

In conjunction with this film release, an encore screening of the ‘Echoes of Calling’ performed in Tokyo last January will be held from today till Sunday, 16 May, with the viewing fee of 3000 Japanese yen (tax included).

Enjoy the 55 minutes performance that includes the original scenes incorporated in the short film.

Payment can be made through PayPal. No annual fee for registration. Please see below for details.


Online Lecture &  Workshop

Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 20: 00 ~ 22: 00
Format: Use the online form Zoom.
Audience: Anyone can participate.
Admission: Free
Japanese / English interpreters are available.

Meeting ID: 958 1837 9029
passcode: 482678


*** NOTES ***

・The event will be held in real time, so please participate from a quiet environment with a stable Internet connection.

・The workshop also includes an exercise to speak out, so please participate in an environment where you can.

・On the day, you will be allowed to enter ZOOM 5 minutes before.

【Live Performances Cancelled】
We regret to announce that our live performances at Spiral Hall on January 9-11 have been cancelled due to the current State of Emergency in Tokyo.  All tickets will be automatically notified by email for refund.  Thank you for your understanding_and_cooperation.

Performance without an audience was filmed_and_will be streamed online from 1 pm on Saturday, January 23 to 11:59 pm on Friday, January 29 (Japan Time).  Tickets are on sale at the link below for 2,400 yen.
*Available in Japanese only.

We will be working hard behind the scenes to develop Echoes of Calling project further.  We look forward to seeing you all in the theatre as soon as it is safe for everyone to do so.

A Collaboration Project between Ireland_and_Japan

Echoes of Calling

Saturday, January 9    18:30
Sunday, January 10    14:00 / 18:30
Monday*, January 11    14:00
*national holiday

Location: Spiral Hall