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Roaming Shopping Street Festival: Phantom Edition

Project Design: Sceno-ha (Scenographers’ Collective)

Sceno-ha (Scenographers’ Collective) returns to Festival/Tokyo, once again highlighting new images of the city and streets through the ideas and techniques of stage design.

After opening the 2019 festival with a vibrant performance and parade of floats created from research into local community shopping streets, the collective this time presents a “roaming” series of events based on the theme of doing things alone. Building on various kinds of research as well as utilizing fictional and both off- and online approaches, the project conjures up “scenes” through the unique eyes of stage designers at a time when the coronavirus has made gathering together so difficult. The results promise to yield fresh encounters with people, things, information, and the city.

The Journey to a Journey to a Journey

Six artists (travelers) embarked on journeys around the city and the shopping streets of Toshima. The “scenes” they discovered are viewable on the Phantom Edition website. You can visit the same shopping streets to follow in their footsteps and experience the scenes for yourself. Upload photographs of your journey and the result will become “the journey to a journey to a journey.”

Dates 10/16 (Fri)–11/15 (Sun)
“Scenes” created by the artist are revealed gradually during the period above.
Venues Online, shopping streets in Toshima, other locations around Toshima

How to Take Part

On the Phantom Edition website, you can view the scenes the artists (travelers) found. Depart on your own journey to visit these places around Toshima and experience the scenes for yourself.

You can upload the scenes you discover, which will appear on the Phantom Edition during the festival. Taking part in the project is free and no reservation is required. The list of scenes is viewable on the Phantom Edition website as well as at the racks located at various places around Toshima.

The festival will take photographs and video for publicity and documentary purposes. These may be used in the festival report or on the festival website. Please also be aware that photographs and video may be taken as part of media coverage of the festival.


City Scene Racks

You can pick up the Scene Sheet from the racks located at various places around Toshima. The racks are available during the opening hours of the respective locations.

4F Toshima City Office
Toshima Ecomusée Town 4F, 2-45-1 Minami-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
http://www.city.toshima.lg.jp/chosha/4f.html

Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre ground floor foyer
1-8-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
https://www.geigeki.jp/access/index.html

Riso Zine Studio Pop-up Zine Stand
3-55-1 Minami-Otsuka, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
https://www.festival-tokyo.jp/20/en/program/hand-saw-press.html

In front of Ikebukuro Honcho Hall
4-16-6 Ikebukuro Honcho, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
(Not available during stormy weather)

Furuichi Tokiwaso-dori Shop
3-9-21 Minami-Nagasaki, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
https://furu1.info/tokiwa-so/

Myoho-yu Bathhouse
4-32-4 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo
http://www.angelrock.jp/myouhouyu/

Cast & Creative

Project Design: Itaru Sugiyama
Travelers: Kenichi Abe (playwriting, spatial planning), Norimasa Ushikawa (stage sound, DJ), Ayaka Sato (haiku), Itaru Sugiyama (scenography), Kengo Tokusashi (music), Kenji Yamauchi (actor)
Dramaturge: Kenichi Abe (uni)
Assistant Dramaturge: Saori Azuma
Scene Sheets and Banner Design: Yui Saito
Scene Sheet Map: Nanase Sakai, Mayu Narisawa, Hikaru Takahashi
Participation Guide Illustrator: Minako Izumi

Artist Profile

杉山至(舞台美術家)

Itaru Sugiyama (stage designer)

A member of the theatre group Seinendan since his days as a student at International Christian University, Itaru Sugiyama went to Italy as part of the Agency for Cultural Affairs’ Overseas Study Program for Artists in 2001. His wide-ranging output encompasses set design for theatre, dance, musicals, and opera as well as running stage design workshops and overseeing theatre venue renovation projects. His accolades include Best Scenography Award at the Cairo International Festival for Contemporary and Experimental Theatre 2006 and the Yomiuri Theatre Prize for Best Production Team Member in 2014.

Roofing the Roof with a Roof

Audiences can view a video of the project, which transforms the roof of a building in the neighborhood of Minami-Nagasaki into a stage. With a focus on the landscape that appears on the roof, it attempts to redesign not only the stage but also the audience seating and even the audience itself. Through a rooftop space whose existence is forgotten, what kind of landscape will you see?

Dates 10/16 (Fri)–11/15 (Sun): Photography and video
Venue Online

How to Take Part

On the Phantom Edition, you can view the video and photographs that resulted from the research on the Minami-Nagasaki area. Documentary footage is available online, offering glimpses into the performance taking place privately on the rooftop of a stage work inspired by the places and scenery viewable from the rooftop of the Minami-Nagasaki building.


Cast & Creative

Project Design: Ryo Sakamoto
Collaborators:

Sho Ohashi (video), Ryo Sakamoto (stage design), Yusuke Shimizu (philosophy), Sorami Date (theatre), Naoka Fukushima (stage design)

Stage Manager:

Kenta Sakai

Sound Recording:

Tsubasa Iwama

Lighting:

Kayoko Maekawa, Shiina Watanabe, Yutaro Kazuno

Music:

Yoshitaka Fujimoto

Artist Profile

坂本遼(舞台美術家)

Ryo Sakamoto (stage designer)

Born in 1984 in Kanagawa Prefecture, Ryo Sakamoto graduated with a degree in aesthetics from Kokugakuin University. He started working in stage design with Rokushakudo, a theatre design research studio, from 2009. He has since handled stage design for a range of companies including mrs.fictions, Setagaya Silk, Gareki no Taiko, kyouei-mizugi, and syncrojesse. His work involved everything from the design to production of theatre stage sets for fringe productions in Tokyo as well as production design for film and also interior design. Since 2017, he has further served as set designer for the Ubumuntu Arts Festival, which is held in Rwanda, East Africa. In 2018, he designed the venue for a Kwita Izina gorilla naming ceremony.

A Festival by Everyone

Photo stand-in boards with QR codes can be found in the shopping street of Minami-Otsuka. Taking a photo with your phone sends you to the online video. Through the footage of the kinds of festivals that local people described, a “festival by everyone” will perhaps appear inside your head.

Dates 11/1 (Sun), 11/3 (Tue), 11/5 (Thu), 11/7 (Sat), 11/8 (Sun), 11/10 (Tue), 11/12 (Thu), 11/14 (Sat), 11/15 (Sun)
11 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
10/16 (Fri)–11/15 (Sun): Phantom Edition website updates released
Venues Minami-Otsuka 3-chome area, online

How to Take Part

Search for the photo stand-in boards located around the area of Minami-Otsuka 3-chome. Take a photo of the board and your phone will read the QR code and then access a website showing the “festival.”

The festival will take photographs and video for publicity and documentary purposes. These may be used in the festival report or on the festival website. Please also be aware that photographs and video may be taken as part of media coverage of the festival.


Cast & Creative

Project Design: Ayami Sasaki
Collaborators:

Ayami Sasaki (stage designer), Shintaro Tamada (video artist), Shunichi Suge (cognitive designer), Hideyuki Yamano (graphic designer)

Film Crew:

Fumika Kuwabara, Daisuke Kusabiraki, Mihoka Kawamura, Ryuichi Taniura, Miku Maeno, Miki Kanai

Panel Design:

Misako Taoka

Esperanto Team: Takaya Aikawa, Yuichi Miyamae, Kazuhiro Arai, and more
2019 Event Video Production: Alloposidae

Artist Profiles

佐々木文美(舞台美術家)

Ayami Sasaki (stage designer)

Born in 1983 in Kagoshima Prefecture, Ayami Sasaki graduated with a degree in film and theatre studies from Tama Art University. She is a member of FAIFAI, serving as the group’s stage designer for its various theatre and dance productions, concerts, and exhibitions. She also does stage design for other groups’ productions. Her recent credits include FAIFAI’s “Gorilla: What is Human?” (F/T in the City Performance Series at F/T17), the 2018 AAF Drama Award production “City III” and FAIFAI’s “Louie Louie” in 2019. Recently unable to indulge in the home parties she so loves to hold, she has instead been secretly streaming a radio show with the FAIFAI actor Koji Yamazaki and video artist Shintaro Tamada.

Dioramic Scenes

Models of an imaginary shopping street have been created from the memories of festivals and the local landscape as described by the residents of Ikebukuro Honcho. By watching videos and a slideshow of these models of the neighborhood, you will view a nonexistent city from a range of perspectives and come into contact with scenes from a festival that might once have taken place.

Dates 10/16 (Fri)–11/1 (Sun): Slideshows
11/14 (Sat)–11/15 (Sun): Screenings of short films
Venue Online

How to Take Part

Based on questionnaires conducted with locals and the Ikebukuro Honcho Shopping Streets Association, fragmentary memories of scenes and festivals will be expressed in the form of models, photography, and videos, and gradually released online. Visit the Phantom Edition website to view them.



Cast & Creative

Project Design: Tomomi Nakamura
Collaborators: Tomomi Nakamura (models), Mari Hoshi (words, photos), Yoshiyuki Shida (editing, production), Rie Uomori (lighting), Eichi Terada (sound)
Video Support: Road Izumiyama

Artist Profile

中村友美(舞台美術家)

Tomomi Nakamura (stage designer)

Born in Niigata Prefecture, Tomomi Nakamura graduated from J. F. Oberlin University with a degree in cultural studies. She started studying stage design while an undergraduate. She is now a freelance stage designer, working with such companies as HANCHU-YUEI, Q, Baoba, Bird Park, and AmayAdori. She is also a member of Kusunoki-so (by the Kamiike Mokuchin Bunka Network) and director for the nonprofit S.A.I. Previously at Festival/Tokyo, she has served as stage design coordinator for “Rashomon | Yabunonaka” (2014), Zombie Opera “Danse Macabre” (2015), “Toky Toki Saru” (2017), and “Palestine, Year Zero” (2017).

Sceno-ha (Scenographers’ Collective)

セノ派

Comprising the stage designers Itaru Sugiyama, Ryo Sakamoto, Ayami Sasaki, and Tomomi Nakamura, this collective of scenographers was formed especially for the F/T19 Opening Program, the “Roaming Shopping Street Festival.” The group aims to work on projects involving the creation of scenes and scenery rooted in stage design, though without presupposing the need for text, actors, or directors. Its name derives from “scenography,” combined with a Japanese word meaning “group” or “school.”

Credits

Publicity Design: Yui Takada (Allright Graphics)
Illustrator: Saehan Parc
Website: Voxgraph Co., Ltd.
Website Editing, Writing: Moteslim
Dramaturge: Kenichi Abe
Production Coordinators: Maki Fujishima, Keisuke Shimada (Festival/Tokyo), Maiko Iwama, Yoshiyuki Shida (Suna no Ue no Kikaku)
In special cooperation with the Ikebukuro Honcho Shopping Streets Association, Association for Cooperation Project of Toshima Minami-Nagasaki Tokiwaso, Minami-Otsuka Network, Minna no TRAMPAL Otsuka
In cooperation with iTerrace Ochiai-Minaminagasaki, Otsuka Kinen-yu, Harada Funeral Director, BAR BER Mae, Minami-Otsuka Toden Line Area Association, MM Mart Worldwide Halal Food
Presented by

Festival/Tokyo

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