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Saison Artist in Residence

Bloom Up Residency Exchange Program

Partnership with RODEO (Germany)
Residency Period in Japan: from 1 June to 18 June 2018
Residency Period in Germany from 24 September to 14 October 2018

Program Outline

This program aims to conduct a residency exchange program in partnership with the Bloom Up Residency by RODEO, performing arts festival in Munich. In June 2018, the foundation invited and supported THE AGENCY by Yana Thnnes who was a Visiting Fellows 2016. During their residency, they researched Sohoku Danshi (herbivore men), Zesshoku-kei Danchi, genderless men and men痴 movements in Japan in order to develop the idea of Take it like a man an alternative contemporary men痴 movement. In September 2018, the foundation sent Kanako Azuma, visual artist to the Bloom Up Residency and support the collaboration with THE AGENCY.

Participatory artists:

  • THE AGENCY, performance collective (Germany)
  • Kanako Azuma, visual artist
Public Talk


6 June 2108




Studio S, Morishita Studio


Take it like a man an alternative contemporary men s movement

THE AGENCY introduced their major works and share the idea of a new piece Take it like a man an alternative contemporary men s movement on the theme of contemporary new men and men痴 movement.



THE AGENCY was founded by Belle Santos, Yana Thnnes, Rahel Sphrer and Magdalena Emmerig in 2015 and often collaborates with Nile Koetting, visual artist and Jeremy Nedd, choreographer and dancer. Their first piece, ASMR Yourself, won the jury prize of 100 Berlin Festival 2015 and was presented at major theatres in Germany incluiding HAU Hebbel am Ufer, PACT Zollverein and Mnchner Kammerspiele. In 2017, Medusa Bionic Rise was premiered at Treibstoff Theatertage Basel and Perfect Romance was premiered at Mnchner Kammerspiele in 2018. Yana Thnnes was a Visiting Fellow 2016 at The Saison Foundation.


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