Outdoor Performance Series
A new experiment by F/T starting in 2016 in east Ikebukuro: Four outdoor performances of theatre, dance and music
DOCU(NT)MENT “The Unknown Dancer in the Neighboring Town”
Written, Choreographed and Directed by Suguru Yamamoto
December 1st — December 4th
VenueOwlspot Theater (Foyer)
Dates12/1 (Thu) 19:30
12/2 (Fri) 15:00
12/3 (Sat) 19:30
12/4 (Sun) 17:00

Box office opens 1 hour before. Doors open 30 minutes before.
Running Time90 min. (TBC)
LanguagePerformed in Japanese with English surtitles
TicketsAdvance: ¥2,500 / Same Day: ¥3,000
Unreserved seating
Early Bird Discount¥1,800
Festival Pass (5 Performances)¥2,000
Festival Pass (3 Performances)¥2,200
Student ID required
High School & Under Tickets
Student ID or proof of age required

A portrait of the city emerges from projections of body and language

The playwright and director Suguru Yamamoto, who leads the up-and-coming theatre group HANCHU-YUEI, started this solo documentary project to investigate the life of a single human being. In partnership with the dancer Wataru Kitao, the project premiered in 2015 and also attracted acclaim at TPAM Direction in Yokohama this February. From the diffuse reflections of Kitaoʼs strong, supple body and Yamamotoʼs minimal yet sharp projected text emerges a portrayal of the city.




DOCU(NT)MENT is a solo project launched in 2012 by HANCHU-YUEI’s Suguru Yamamoto to examine the background of a single human being.

Suguru Yamamoto

Suguru Yamamoto

Playwright, Director (HANCHU-YUEI)

Born in Yamanashi Prefecture in 1987, Suguru Yamamoto has attracted attention in Japan and Asia for his unique style of staging that combines projected text, photography, video, color, light, and shadow with performers, as well as his scripts that question our ethics. He has co-produced performances in Malaysia, Thailand, India, and Singapore, and his play “Girl X” won Best Play and Best Original Script awards at the Bangkok Theatre Festival in 2014. Another play, “I can’t die without being born”, was shortlisted for the 59th Kishida Kunio Drama Award in 2015.

wataru kitao portrait

Wataru Kitao

Choreographer, Dancer, Actor (Baobab)

Born in 1987, Wataru Kitao has been involved with the performing arts since his youth, and has experience with everything from ballet to street dance. He studied at J. F. Oberlin University under Kuniko Kisanuki and formed a dance company, Baobab, in 2009. With its remarkable ensemble style, the group has participated in numerous festivals as well as produced its own tours. Kitao also appears in and choreographs performances outside his work with Baobab. He received the Audience Award at the Toyota Choreography Award 2012.

Cast & Creative

Written, Choreographed and Directed bySuguru Yamamoto
Choreographed, Directed and Performed byWataru Kitao
Stage Manager:Susumu Kumaki
Lighting:Takayuki Tomiyama
Sound:Junko Miyazaki (Sound Weeds Inc.)
Video:Takaki Sudo
Costumes:Kyoko Fujitani (FAIFAI)
Photography:Ryuichiro Suzuki
Video Documentation:Takaki Sudo
Production Coordinators:Yumina Kato (Steep Slope Studio), Orie Kiyuna (Festival/Tokyo)
Interns:Yoji Usuki, Kaname Sakata, Haruka Toda
Front of House:Mayuko Arakawa
Produced bySteep Slope Studio
In cooperation withHANCHU-YUEI, Baobab
Presented byFestival/Tokyo