DANCE BOX is an art NPO which was formed in 1996 in Osaka and whose activities focus on contemporary dance. We established a theater named Art Theater dB in 2002 in cooperation with Osaka City, and this theater closed in 2007. Beginning in 2009, we moved locations to Nagata-ku, Kobe and established Art Theater dB KOBE there. Our activities are still based in this new theater.
We do not stop at dance expression in the theater but also work to develop activities to discover the possibilities of dance expression. By also performing outdoors, in old Japanese houses, and in other such locations, we are able to come face to face with the power, nature, neighborhood, atmosphere, and memories of each place and, through searching and fighting, create works that are only possible in specific locations at specific times.
Art Theater dB KOBE operated by DANCE BOX is a small theater with 120 seats. However, the projects implemented by our organization are linked to the regional community in a variety of ways. While the operation of the theater is our primary focus, we also take part in projects for training artists and international exchange, as well as regional projects for education, welfare, and the revitalization of the neighborhood.