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Information on Outdoor Performances

Shigeki Nakano + Frankens “Halfway to Hanshichi”

– The performance will go ahead in the case of rain but is canceled in the case of stormy weather.
– Regardless of weather conditions, notifications about if performances will go ahead are published on the top page of the F/T website the day before and on the day of the performance. Please be aware, however, that announcements may be subject to further change.
– No rain coats or protective clothing are available. Please come to the performance in suitable clothing.
– The performance involves walking around different venues. There is no cloakroom facility. Audiences are requested to come in suitable footwear and with only minimal luggage.
– Wheelchair users may have difficulty moving between the locations during the performance. Please contact the festival in advance for further information.

“I Am Not a Feminist!”

– The venue is subject to change in the case of rainy weather.
– Regardless of weather conditions, notifications about if performances will go ahead are published on the top page of the F/T website three hours before the performance. Please be aware, however, that announcements may be subject to further change.
– Although the performance takes place inside Goethe-Institut Tokyo, audiences will also move between locations through areas that have no roof. In the case of rainy weather, please bring an umbrella or rain coat.
– Audiences must use stairs to reach the performance venue. Wheelchair users are kindly requested to contact the festival in advance.
– There is no cloakroom facility.

Family Regained: The Picnic

– The screening in Ikebukuro Nishiguchi Park may be canceled due to bad weather. However, the screening at Toshima City Office will go ahead even in stormy weather.
– Regardless of weather conditions, notifications about if performances will go ahead are published on the top page of the F/T website on the day of the performance. Please be aware, however, that announcements may be subject to further change.
– The screenings at Ikebukuro Nishiguchi Park and Toshima City Office are held in public places. There is no audience seating.

FAIFAI “Gorilla: What is Human?”

– The venue is subject to change in the case of rainy weather.
– Regardless of weather conditions, notifications about if performances will go ahead are published on the top page of the F/T website on the day of the performance. Please be aware, however, that announcements may be subject to further change.
– There is no audience seating. Audiences are welcome to sit or stand in the park.
– There is no cloakroom facility.

“Toky Toki Saru” Preview Performance & Talk

“Toky Toki Saru” is the opening production at Festival/Tokyo 2017.

A special preview performance and talk with Thai dancer and choreographer Pichet Klunchun, who has conceived and directed the production, will be held at Shibuya UPLINK FACTORY on September 22nd from 19:30.

pichet klunchun event

Tickets cost ¥1,800 (¥1,500 for students), which includes a drink.

For further details and tickets, see the UPLINK website (Japanese only).

Language Guide for Performances and Events at Festival/Tokyo 2017

Worried about the language barrier at Festival/Tokyo 2017? Here is our guide to which performances and events are happening in what language.

No Language

“Toky Toki Saru”

Asia Series Vol.4: China “Autumn Sounds Night”

FAIFAI “Gorilla: What is Human?”

English Surtitles

“In our distance, there is no sorrow.”

marebito theater company “Performing Fukushima” (October 8th, 17:30 only)

“Cabaret Crusades”

English Synopsis Available

Shigeki Nakano + Frankens “Halfway to Hanshichi”

“Palestine, Year Zero”

English Translations of Artist Statements Available

marebito theater company “Performing Fukushima”

“Love’s Labour’s Lost”

Talks in English

Symposium: International Festivals as Seen in Criticism Today

Places, spaces and people in Riga (with Laura Stasane)

Performed or Screened in Arabic

“Palestine, Year Zero” (also performed in Hebrew)

“Cabaret Crusades”

Talks in Arabic

Special Lecture: Arab Theatre Today

Performed in Chinese

Asia Series Vol.4: China “Trayastrimsa”

Asia Series Vol.4: China “Love’s Labour’s Lost”

Talks in Chinese

Asia Series Vol.4: China F/T Talks: Photography, Youth Culture, Music, Fashion

Performed in Japanese

marebito theater company “Performing Fukushima”

Shigeki Nakano + Frankens “Halfway to Hanshichi”

“Adventure Bingo!!”

“I Am Not a Feminist!”

“Family Regained: The Picnic”

Theatre for Experimentation and Dialogue: Theatre of Newcomers and Incidents

Talks in Japanese

Symposium: International Festivals as Seen in Criticism Today (TBC)

F/T Talks: Architecture/Design/Theatre: Connecting theatre and everyday life

This guide will be updated with new information as it becomes available.

Performers wanted for new Pichet Klunchun dance work

Applications are now open to appear in the cast of the opening production for Festival/Tokyo 2017, Pichet Klunchun’s “Toky Toki Saru.”

The internationally acclaimed Thai dancer and choreographer will present a new, Tokyo-inspired performance this autumn. Performers of varying ages and abilities are currently being sought.

Applications close August 6th.

See more (Japanese only):
http://www.festival-tokyo.jp/17/news/pichet_cast/

Full Lineup for Festival/Tokyo 2017

The full lineup for Festival/Tokyo 2017, which takes place from September 30th to November 12th, has now been announced.

Tickets go on general sale from August 27th and early bird discounts are available from August 23rd to August 26th.

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Festival/Tokyo 2017 Lineup

“Toky Toki Saru” [dance] [Thailand & Japan]
Conceived and Directed by Pichet Klunchun

“In our distance, there is no sorrow.” [theatre] [Japan & Taiwan]
Written and Directed by Yukio Shiba

marebito theater company “Performing Fukushima” [theatre] [Japan]
Written and Directed by marebito theater company

“Palestine, Year Zero” [theatre] [Palestine & Israel]
Written and Directed by Einat Weizman

“Cabaret Crusades” [film] [Egypt]
Directed by Wael Shawky

Theatre for Experimentation and Dialogue: Theatre of Newcomers and Incidents [theatre] [Japan]
Performances: Furatto, / Shirakan / Ikuko Sekita / Daisuke Tamaki
Curated by Masataka Matsuda

Asia Series Vol.4: China
Chinese Millennials

“Trayastrimsa” [performance] [China]
Conceived, Directed and Stage Design by Tianzhuo Chen

“Love’s Labour’s Lost” [theatre] [China]
Written and Directed by Xiaoxing Sun

“Autumn Sounds Night” [music] [China]
Performers: Li Daiguo, Shao Yanpeng (aka SHAO), Meng Wang, Nova Heart

F/T Talks: Photography, Youth Culture, Music, Fashion [talk] [China]
Speakers: You Yan, Zafka Zhang, Lihui Shen, Tasha Liu

F/T in the City Performance Series

Shigeki Nakano + Frankens “Halfway to Hanshichi” [tour theatre] [Japan]
Written and Directed by Shigeki Nakano
Dramaturge: Kaku Nagashima
Based on “The Curious Casebook of Inspector Hanshichi” by Kido Okamoto

“Adventure Bingo!!” [theatre] [Japan]
Written, Directed and Performed by Takeshi Fukuda

“I Am Not a Feminist!” [performance] [art] [Japan]
Written, Directed and Performed by Mai Endo

“Family Regained: The Picnic” [film] [talk] [Japan]
Conceived, Directed and Performed by Eiki Mori

FAIFAI “Gorilla: What is Human?” [performance] [music] [Japan]
Directed by Yoko Kitagawa

Art Project, Symposium, and More

NONTOKOYO (A World for Eternal Emergencies) [art project] [Korea & Japan]
Conceived and Devised by Team for NONTOKOYO
Dramaturge: Kaku Nagashima

Symposium: International Festivals as Seen in Criticism Today

Special Lecture: Arab Theatre Today

F/T Campus

More talks and other events will be announced at a later date.

Change to Announced Lineup for Festival/Tokyo 2017

There is a change to the recently announced initial lineup for Festival/Tokyo 2017. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Mum & Gypsy will no longer be appearing at the festival this autumn.

The next announcement with details about participating artists and groups is planned for July 18th.

Festival/Tokyo 2017: Message from the Director

Festival/Tokyo 2017
Newcomers, Towards a Big Place

I have boundless hope for “newcomers.” While they may not yet be able to completely change all the foolish and ridiculous things happening around the world today, already some newcomers have emerged. To change the world they need 15 or 20 years. As such, I want Festival/Tokyo to build firm exchange between people around the global in order to prepare for this time. The most important mission of an international festival is to continue to advance exchange at the civic level utterly unrelated to the conflicts between nations or the clashes between political powers, and to present activities and works of art that continue to embrace mutual civic respect. There are all kinds of levels of international exchange, though exchange through art is the most potent when it comes to recognizing our different values and customs, and encouraging us to respect each other. Our efforts focus on how an international festival can be an extremely valuable tool for breaking free from the various biases in the media or the values of politicians that are influenced by their interests in order to achieve direct and honest exchange.

The 2017 festival continues last year’s theme of “newcomers.” These newcomers are the younger generation quite distinct from their predecessors and the people who will become the central force in society 15 or 20 years from now. They exist in great numbers, though may currently lack any semblance of power. How do they see the world? If we can understand that even just a bit, then could the older generations get closer to them? There are many things we want to confirm. This is the will that runs throughout the F/T17 programs. The “big place” of our theme has a double meaning: it expresses both the expectation for the “newcomers” as well as our request to the artists in much of the F/T17 lineup to break out of the narrow confines of the theatre space so as to create something freely using larger sites.

The festival will open with a dance work by the Thai choreographer Pichet Klunchun using Minami Ikebukuro Park and the road that stretches from the park to the east entrance to Ikebukuro Station, and drawing liberally yet not restrictively from Thai traditions. When considering exchange through art between Asian nations, the question of how to deal with traditional and ethnic practices becomes very important, and we certainly do not intend simply to present a “fusion” of the traditional and the contemporary. Takahiro Fujita of mum & gypsy will present a new work using an art space called Paradise Air in a former love hotel provided by a pachinko parlor near Matsudo Station as well as a space provided by Matsudo City. Yukio Shiba of mamagoto will use the entire underground floor of Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre to stage a new play. The F/T in the City Performance Series, which was launched at the 2016 festival, returns in a newly expanded form this year. The Asia Series also returns, this time with a showcase of Chinese artists. The focus here is again on “newcomers,” introducing various works and projects from the perspective of what is familiar to young people in China today. The showcase is bound to come into contact with the orientation of China’s young generation.

We have demanded so much of Masataka Matsuda. Being an educator, we asked him to help with a project that aims to uncover emerging talent in addition to creating a new work about Fukushima with his own group, marebito theater company. But Matsuda exceeded all our expectations, presenting a manifesto for the “theatre of incidents” and displaying firm leadership. The festival is fully committed to introducing this theatre of incidents that Matsuday is advocating.

There were some other projects we wanted to do but our economic circumstances meant we had to give up. But surely the function of a director is not to give up. There is still a little time.

Festival/Tokyo 2017 is organized by the Festival/Tokyo Executive Committee (Chair: Shigeo Fukuchi). The core body within the committee is NPO Arts Network Japan (Representative: Akiko Yonehara), which takes care of the practical management of the festival. This structure has received the fundamental support of Toshima City and Mayor Yukio Takano. Toshima City is also one of the groups comprising the executive committee, so ordinarily this is not the place to express my gratitude, but I would like to do so sincerely from my position as festival director. Moreover, the Japan Foundation Asia Center, which co-organizes the festival’s opening production, has not only provided financial support but also great spiritual help. Shiseido Co., Ltd. and Asahi Breweries, Ltd. continue in their long-running roles as festival sponsors, providing much assistance. And of course, it goes without saying how grateful we are to Arts Council Tokyo. Finally, I would like to express my deep appreciation for the many designers and members of the festival staff, who strive ceaselessly to overcome our hardships in spite of the selfish demands of their director. F/T now reaches its tenth iteration. There is, as always, no end in sight for our difficulties, but continuing is our strength.

Sachio Ichimura
Director, Festival/Tokyo 2017

June 12th: There is a change to the initially announced lineup for Festival/Tokyo 2017. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Mum & Gypsy will no longer be appearing at the festival this autumn.