Festival/Tokyo (F/T) presents a wide range of contemporary stage performances while exploring new social possibilities for art. Launched in 2009 and held every autumn with a lineup of cutting-edge artists from Japan and around the world, the festival features a program of theatre, dance, music, visual art, film, and more mainly in the Ikebukuro area of Tokyo. F/T continues its efforts to renew the potential and model of an urban performing arts event as a festival born from the city and its people.

  • October 5th – November 10th, 2019 (TBC)
  • Venues: Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Owlspot Theater, Theater Green, and more

Directors’ Messages

Body Speed

Our bodies have speed.

Over the past few centuries (or indeed, ever since ancient times), we have sought speed. Speed in movement. Speed in knowledge. Speed in acquisition. And there is no doubt that the ceaseless pursuit of this desire has resulted in making our lives significantly faster and more efficient and convenient.

However, it is also evident that our bodies are crying out in response to this increasingly accelerated world. Within the last few years, the speed of information has risen yet further and, in consequence, our reactions have become more emotional and instantaneous, even though the actual speed of our bodies has not really changed. After all is said and done, our bodies as physical objects still require time to move or grow.

So how about slowing things down? No, it’s not as simple as that. Especially in the case of a metropolis like Tokyo, any attempt to decelerate everything would be patently absurd. In the first place, our bodies don’t all have the same speeds. We are sometimes fast and sometimes slow. There are young bodies as well as old ones. Moreover, this immense city is a composite of infinite coexisting variations and gradations of speed, where the speed of bodies is joined by the speeds of things that are not human, by speeds that do not belong to bodies.

While the performing arts do not create works of art that remain behind as objects somewhere, they examine our lives at the speed of the body, through the things that emerge from our bodies. Is it possible, then, to envision the city through the performing arts, even if for just a fleeting moment? The festival is a time for doing this.

ProgramFestival Lineup Announced

Sceno-ha (Scenographers’ Collective)

Itaru Sugiyama, Ryo Sakamoto, Ayami Sasaki, Tomomi Nakamura

[opening program]

Magda Szpecht


Kim Jeong 



[video / music / performance]

Transfield from Asia

JK Anicoche + Rick Yamakawa

[art project]

Fanglao Dance Company


Okui Lala + Asako Taki

[lecture performance]

Akihiko Taniguchi

[video / music / performance]

Jun Kitazawa

[art project]

Hand Saw Press

[art project]

Megumi Kamimura





And more!

Festival lineup to feature over 15 productions, events, and projects by the 12 artists and companies above, and more

Organizers: Festival/Tokyo Executive Committee
Toshima City, Toshima Mirai Cultural Foundation, NPO Arts Network Japan (NPO-ANJ),
Tokyo Festival Executive Committee (Toshima City, Toshima Mirai Cultural Foundation, Festival/Tokyo Executive Committee, Arts Council Tokyo & Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre [Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture])

Festival/Tokyo 2019 is organized as part of Tokyo Festival 2019.  Festival/Tokyo 2019 is organized as part of Tokyo Festival 2019.

“Transfield from Asia” co-organized by the Japan Foundation Asia Center

Festival/Tokyo 2019 is held in partnership with Culture City of East Asia 2019 Toshima.

Festival/Tokyo 2019 is an associated program in the 100th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Poland and Japan in 2019.

Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan in the fiscal 2019 



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