Asia Series Vol.5: Trans-fields

Tringsha Shatabdee (30th Century)

Adapted and Directed by Zahid Repon

A prayer for future peace resonating across geography and history
The Bangladesh-based Swapnadal (Dreamteam) presents the long-awaited Japanese premiere of this work that it has continued to perform regularly for 17 years since 2002 and also as a special show on August 6th every year, the day of the annual Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony.

Adapted from a 1966 play by the Indian playwright Badal Sircar that is based on testimony of Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors as well as interviews with people involved in the development of the atom bomb and the actual bombings, this new version reflects the modern history of Bangladesh and current state of world affairs. It is adapted and directed by the head of the company, Zahid Repon, whose powerful message is conveyed by vibrant ritual textiles, newspapers that serve as symbols of information, and the bodies of the actors as well as a traditional theatre style that interweaves storytelling and song.

Sircar wrote the original play in Bengali, which was recognized as the official language of Bangladesh in 1952, when the nation was still under the rule of Pakistan and known as East Pakistan. The play is staged here at a theatre near Ikebukuro Nishiguchi Park, where there is a replica of the Shaheed Minar monument that commemorates those killed in the Bengali Language Movement. In this way, this performance forms a multilayered prayer for peace that transcends time and place.


Venue Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (Theatre West)

11/3 (Sat) 18:00 
11/4 (Sun) 14:00*

*Post-show talk
Box office opens 60 minutes before.
Doors open 30 minutes before.

Running Time 90 min. (TBC)
Language Performed in Bengali with Japanese surtitles
Tickets Advance: ¥3,500 / Same Day: ¥4,000
Students: ¥2,300 / Other tickets available
All seats reserved
  Early Bird Discount ¥2,500
Festival Pass (5 Performances) ¥2,800
Festival Pass (3 Performances) ¥3,000
Student ID required
High School Students and Under
Student ID or proof of age required

Artist Profiles


Founded in Dhaka in 2001 by Zahid Repon, Swapnadal deals with contemporary themes while using traditional Bengal theatre approaches mixing storytelling with song and dance. It has presented its body of 17 works, including Tagore’s poetic drama “Chitrangada,” Howard Fast’s “Spartacus,” and the monodrama “Helen Keller,” at various theatre festivals in and outside Bangladesh. In 2015, it performed “Tringsha Shatabdee (30th Century)” at a London theatre festival and India’s Bharat Rang Mahotsav, the largest theatre festival in Asia. 
アーチスト名Photo: Swapnadal

Zahid Repon
Director, Actor, Director of Swapnadal

Born in 1969, Zahid Repon is the director of the company Swapnadal. He holds bachelor and master’s degrees from Jahangirnagar University with a major in theatre directing. He has been involved with theatre for 32 years as a director, actor, trainer, organizer and researcher. He serves as director of the National Institute of Mass Communication as well as chair of the Bangladesh Mime Federation.


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Cast & Creative

Adapted and Directed by  Zahid Repon
Written by  Badal Sircar
Cast: Zahid Repon, Juana Sobnom, Fazle Rabbee Sukarnoo, Abdul Halim Shikder, Abdus Samad Bhuiyan, Mohammad Shakhawat Hossain, Mohammad Mehedi Hasan, Julekha Akter, Jebun Nesa, Alauddin Apu, Aninda Antorikkha, Nisharga Sobnom
Lighting Coordinator: Fazle Rabbee Sukarnoo
Dressing Room Coordinator: Sumaiya Akter
Production Coordinator: Juana Sobnom
Tokyo Production  
Technical Manager: Eiji Torakawa
Lighting Coordinator: Naoki Kinoshita (Factor Co., Ltd.)
Sound Coordinator: Akira Aikawa (Sound Weeds Inc.)
Surtitles: Akihito Mizuno (Jimaku Makuuchi)
Surtitles Cueing: Jewel Ahsan Qumrul
Technical Interpreter: Mukul Mostafiz
Translator: Yuka Okuda
Publicity Design: Taichi Abe (Abe Taichi Design)
Photography: Tsukasa Aoki
Video Documentation: SAIKOUDO Co., Ltd.
Production Coordinators: Wakana Arai, Yuko Takeda (Festival/Tokyo)
Planned and presented by Festival/Tokyo
Co-organized by the Japan Foundation Asia Center
Supported by the Embassy of Bangladesh, Tokyo


Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre

  • 1-8-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
  • 2 minutes’ walk from the West Exit of Ikebukuro Station on the JR and other lines. (Direct connection to the theatre from Exit 2b.)

Related Events

F/T Meets: Deciphering Bangladesh Talk Series 

11/1 (Thu) 18:30: Kyoto Niwa (specialist in Bengali literature, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies) 
11/2 (Fri) 18:30: Zahid Repon (director, Swapnadal)
11/3 (Sat) 14:00: Rina Igarashi (curator, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum)

Venue: Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (Atelier East)
Tickets: ¥500 (priority to reservations)