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.


“Roaming Shopping Street Festival”

Performance Design: Sceno-ha (Scenographers’ Collective)

10/5 (Sat) – 10/6 (Sun)
TRAM-PAL Otsuka, shopping streets in Toshima

“Always Coming Home” (working title)

Directed by Magda Szpecht

11/8 (Fri) – 11/10 (Sun)
Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (Theatre East)

“The Farm”

Directed by Kim Jeong Written by Shu Matsui

10/19 (Sat) – 10/20 (Sun)
Owlspot Theater

“New Jungle”

Conceived, Directed and Performed by SPICE

10/18 (Fri) – 10/20 (Sun)
Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (Theatre West)

Transfield from Asia

“Sand (a)isles”

Directed and Designed by JK Anicoche + Rick Yamakawa

Fanglao Dance Company
“Bamboo Talk” “PhuYing”

Choreographed by Ounla Phaoundom and Noutnapha Soydala

10/25 (Fri) – 10/27 (Sun)
Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (Theatre East)

“To To Transfer”

Written and Performed by Okui Lala + Asako Taki

11/2 (Fri) – 11/4 (Sun)
Theater Green (BIG TREE THEATER)

“Soft Play”

Directed and Performed by Akihiko Taniguchi

11/9 (Sat) – 11/10 (Sun)
Theater Green (BIG TREE THEATER)


Conceived and Directed by Jun Kitazawa

Ikebukuro area

Title TBA

Choreographed and Directed by Megumi Kamimura

Late October
Sekicho-an (Mejiro Garden)

“Drop-in Riso Zine Studio”

Artistic Direction: Hand Saw Press

Location in Toshima ward

DOCU(NT)MENT “Changes” Season 2

Directed by DOCU(NT)MENT

11/2 (Sat) – 11/4 (Mon)
Ikebukuro HUMAX Cinemas

Symposium: Festival Update
Body Speed, Body Place

10/22 (Tue)
Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre (Symphony Space)

Research Programs


Education and Outreach Programs


...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])

Opening Program organized with the Agency for Cultural Affairs and Japan Arts Council
“Transfield from Asia” co-organized by the Japan Foundation Asia Center

Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan in the fiscal 2019
Festival/Tokyo 2019 is organized as part of Tokyo Festival 2019.
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.



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