Ehime University Dance Club received the Kobe Mayor’s Prize in the creative dance contest division of the 31st All Japan Dance Festival-KOBE for high school and university students, held in Kobe on August 7 to 10.
This festival is Japan’s most prestigious and largest dance contest for students, consisting of two divisions: creative dance and performance.
Ehime University Dance Club has participated in this annual dance contest since the 2nd festival. This is the second consecutive year that they have received an award, following the “Japan Association of Physical Education for Women” Prize, which they won last year.
Their prize-winning performance titled “Persona ~Mask or Your own face~” is a five-minute-and-thirty-second creative dance, through which they tried to ask the spectators which they would choose, a life with a mask or one’s own face.
At this contest, the Dance Club was highly evaluated for their ability to structure the piece of work and expressiveness in terms of integrating materials such as masks, projected images and partitions with the performer’s creative motions.