The Toyota Choreography Award (TCA) was established in 2001 by Toyota Motor Corporation in partnership with Setagaya Public Theatre as part of Toyota’s social contribution activities, aiming to discover and nurture the next generation of choreographers as well as help promote dance in Japan. With a focus on highly original dance by up-and-coming choreographers irrespective of genre and career stage, it provided a platform for dance artists to create new work and further their activities. Over ten editions until 2017, the award showcased the work of 70 groups of finalists selected from 1,951 entrants.
Applicants were required to be choreographers with Japanese nationality (or residing or based in Japan) and have experience of staging their own choreography. The jury for each edition of the award selected six finalists from the applicants, who then staged examples of their choreography (15 to 20 minutes) at the Nextage Final Selection event held at Setagaya Public Theatre. The juries and guest judges selected one winner for the Next Generation Choreographer Award, while audiences voted to decide the recipient of the Audience Award.
The winner of the Next Generation Choreographer Award was provided with the use of a venue to present his or her work in Tokyo the following year as well as facilities to create the work and funding for the production costs.
Organized by the Executive Committee of Toyota Choreography Award and Toyota Motor Corporation
Co-organized by Setagaya Public Theatre, Setagaya Arts Foundation
Administrated by the Toyota Choreography Award Secretariat
Under the auspices of Setagaya City
In cooperation with the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Kanazawa Art Promotion and Development Foundation) and NPO Japan
Contemporary Dance Network (JCDN)