Japan's leading performing arts festival Festival / Tokyo returns in 2016 on the theme 'Beyond Borders' from October 15 - December 11. The programme features 16 productions in the Main Program and 14 productions in the Affiliated Program, with a special focus on the work of Polish theatre giant Krystian Lupa, whose work is appearing in Japan for the first time as part of F/T16.
Highlights of the F/T16 programme include:
“Festival Fukushima! @Ikebukuro Nishiguchi Park”:
PROJECT FUKUSHIMA! once again opens Festival/Tokyo with two days of music and dance, featuring a giant cloth on the ground made with materials collected from around Japan as well as live music and an original Bon dance with a special song inspired by Ikebukuro. Following its earlier appearances in 2014 and 2015, this is the final chance at F/T to catch this community event first launched in the wake of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake to restore something positive to Fukushima.
This highly acclaimed production by Polish theatre giant Krystian Lupa, known for his remarkable set designs and sharply critical eye, makes its long-awaited debut in Japan.
“x / groove space”:
This performance series sets out to choreographically explore the specific “groove” of different cities with new collaborators each time. How do the inhabitants of a city move? What is the rhythm of their bodies? The latest entry in this fascinating project by Sebastian Matthias now comes to F/T as a co-production between Tokyo and Düsseldorf, the city with the most Japanese residents in Germany.
Contemporary China, as Seen in Beijing Culture: Festival/Tokyo has showcased Chinese theatre through talks and performance since the 2014 festival. This year, F/T examines an electronic music duo based in Beijing and a Chinese publication about Japan in order to introduce little-known aspects of contemporary China to local audiences.
The Instant Café Theatre Company “NADIRAH”: one of the performances in the Asia Series Vol.3: Malaysia - several performances involving artists from Malaysia and Singapore are featured in this series, as well as a round table discussion on Art Projects in Multi-Ethnic Malaysia