TPAM in Yokohama, an international platform for professionals involved in the performing arts, opens this year on February 11. Now in its 21st holding, the 2017 edition of TPAM consists of three programs: the TPAM Direction program presenting performances of performing arts from around the world, the TPAM Exchange program which serves as a networking platform for professionals involved with the performing arts, and the open-application showcase program TPAM Fringe (former TPAM Showcase).
This time, the TPAM Direction program presents a lineup of 13 works and projects. Among these, special attention focuses on the Japan premiere of Thai film director an artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s first work for the stage, Fever Room
, The Japan Premiere of BALABALA
choreographed by Eko Supriyanto of Indonesia, and the world premiere of Taipei Notes, co-created by Oriza Hirata and Taiwan’s Voleur du Feu Theatre. Also scheduled is a richly diverse selection of works programmed by the four directors of TPAM Direction, Tang Fu Kuen
, Aki Onda, Fumi Yokobori and Yumina Kato. Bangkok-based curator Tang Fu Kuen has invited a performance of Samut Thai: Unfinished Histories
, a performance installation featuring Pichet Klunchun and others (Japan premiere). Sound artists Aki Onda presents performances by NgỌc Đại (Hanoi, Vietnam), Senyawa (Yogyakarta, Indonesia) and Jen Shyu (New York). Fumi Yokobori, the program director of DANCE BOX, presents Zan Yamashita
’s latest work created in residence in Bali. As for Yumina Kato, the studio director of Steep Slope Studio, has brought together emerging young artists from Japan to collaborate on new works, with Mom & Gypsy’s Takahiro Fujita
and Izumi Aoyagi among the participants.
The TPAM Exchange program consists of symposiums and talks concerning a wide range of issues involved in performing arts today. Among them are “Group Meetings” at which participants suggest topics for discussion and reservation-type “Speed Networking” meetings for presenter from Japan and around the world to meet on a one-to-one basis. Furthermore, many artists and companies will be presenting performances in the Tokyo and Yokohama area concurrently with the rest of TPAM as part of the TPAM Fringe program. Among these will be such names as Niwa Gekidan Penino
, Hiroshi Koike Bridge Project, Co. Un Yamada
, FAIFAI, KENTARO!!
and more. For details, see the TPAM website.