Transfield from Asia

To To Transfer

Written and Performed by Okui Lala + Asako Taki

From Japan to “home” and back again to Japan: A story of the things that cross borders

The Malaysian artist Okui Lala has continued to pursue dialogues related to migration, movement, and identities. The Japanese artist Asako Taki’s practice has engaged with multicultural communities, exploring changes in people and expression. Sharing various interests yet having so far worked with different approaches in their respective bases, the pair now presents a lecture performance that brings together closely knit communities. Over 2.6 million people living in Japan today have roots outside the country. From Japan to “home” and back again to Japan, what these people move across borders is not only their bodies or language. This lecture performance examines the various “things” that cross the sea, from money to daily necessities and gifts, through the flow of international logistics. Unweaving the individual stories that lie behind each and every object, a new cultural vista appears.


Name To To Transfer

11/2 (Sat) 15:00
11/3 (Sun) 15:00
11/4 (Mon) 15:00

Venue Theater Green (BIG TREE THEATER)
Running Time 60-90 min. (TBC)
Language Performed in Japanese and English
Tickets Unreserved seating


Advance ¥3,000


High School Students & Younger ¥1,000*
Festival Pass (3 Performances) ¥2,600
Same Day ¥3,500

*For both advance and same-day tickets. Proof of age required.

Artist Profiles

Okui Lala


Born in 1991, Okui Lala is an artist and cultural worker based in Penang and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Her practice spans from video and performance to community engagement. She looks into migratory backgrounds and translation processes in order to explore the notion of identities. She was a participating artist in the 2016 Saitama Triennale and Japan Foundation Asia Center Fellowship Program.

Asako Taki


Asako Taki’s practice focuses on divisions and intersections of society especially nation and gender. Her recent work includes collaborative projects with migrants, which she has presented in the form of performances, video, sound works, and installations. She is an administrator for the nonprofit organization ARDA, which develops ways for everyone from children to seniors to create and appreciate art. She has also worked as part of the Back and Forth Collective, organizing projects related to gender.

Cast & Creative

Written and Performed by Okui Lala + Asako Taki
Performed by AB-chan
Technical Manager:

Eiji Torakawa

Assistant Technical Manager: Nahoko Yokokawa
Stage Manager: Go Sato
Stage Design Coordinator: Tomomi Nakamura
Props: Hikari Osanai
Stage Assistant: Hiromichi Aramaki
Lighting Coordinator: Naoki Kinoshita (Factor Co., Ltd.)
Sound Coordinator: Akira Aikawa (Sound Weeds Inc.)
Video Coordinator: Mucho Muramatsu
Music: Mixla Production “Another Eminem Beat”
Publicity Design: TAICHI ABE DESIGN INC.
Photography & Video: Takashi Fujikawa, Hibiki Miyazawa (Alloposidae)
Production Coordinators: Yuko Takeda (Festival/Tokyo), Aya Comori (TASKO inc.)
Production Assistant: Chihiro Suzuki
Interns: Yuriko Yano, Momoka Yunoki, Kirara Yokoi
In cooperation with NPO Adeyabeba Ethiopia Association, Restaurant Little Ethiopia
Co-organized by the Japan Foundation Asia Center
Presented by Festival/Tokyo


Theater Green (BIG TREE THEATER)

      • 2-20-4 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
      • 2 minutes’ walk from Exit 39 and 6 minutes’ walk from East Exit of Ikebukuro Station on JR Line and other lines.
      • 5 minutes’ walk from Higashi- ikebukuro Station on Tokyo Metro Yurakucho Line.
      • 7 minutes’ walk from Toden-Zoshigaya on Tokyo Sakura Tram (Toden Arakawa Line).