LA RÉPUBLIQUE INTERNATIONALE DES ARTS
Founded by James Tanabe and Lena Gutschank at the 2012 Conference on World Affairs in Boulder, Colorado, la République Internationale des Arts has two missions:
1) to reward quality interdisciplinary film projects from around the world through substantial cash prizes; and
2) to incentivize intelligent, artistic curation of online film content through equally substantial cash prizes.
James Tanabe is a former Cirque du Soleil artistic director, a professional acrobat, a performing arts entrepreneur, and a former molecular biology, peripheral neurology, and space plasma physics researcher. Tanabe has produced and directed live entertainment collaborations in 19 countries. A graduate of MIT, l’Ècole Nationale de Cirque, an MA candidate of Foreign Studies at the University of Pennsylvania‘s Lauder Institute and an MBA candidate at Wharton Business School, Tanabe’s specialty is international creative arts management.
Lena Gutschank is a multilingual director, choreographer, and project manager of international performing arts projects across Europe and Asia. She is an award-winning international performer who began training in contemporary circus at age 8 before leaving home at age 16 to pursue professional training in aerial arts and contortion at the prestigious Staatliche Ballettschule Berlin und Schule für Artistik in the former East Berlin. She has led workshops and lectured in countries including Thailand, India, and the United States.