The international platform for professionals in the performance arts, “TPAM in Yokohama,” will begin on February 10th. Held in 2018 for the 22nd time, the event will be composed of three programs—“TPAM Direction,” presenting the newest trends in performance arts across the globe; “TPAM Exchange,” an exchange program providing networking opportunities for professionals in the performing arts and the “TPAM Fringe” program open to general application.
This year’s lineup for TPAM Direction will include 14 works and projects, with artists from a host of different backgrounds. Of particular note are performance works that bring together artists from contrasting fields. These will include the performance Canon
, featuring the “non-lethal” sonic weapon (LARD) of internationally renowned sound artist Samson Young (Hong Kong); the installation One or Several Tigers
by filmmaker and visual artist Ho Tzu Nyen (Singapore), incorporating elements of Southeast Asian shadow puppetry and; Tetsuya Umeda
(Japan), whose productions span music, art, and performance, with Internship
, a concert/performance in which Umeda, together with the theater crew, “presents/plays” the physical venue itself. Additional features will include a collaboration between contact Gonzo
and pioneering Filipino Metal-core band Sky Church; as well as Choy Ka Fai, whose project takes an untraditional approach to “ankoku butōh” and the spirit of Tatsumi Hijikata, and a lecture performance and party by Jessica Zafra and Raya Martin on Filipinos that work abroad.
TPAM Exchange will feature multiple symposiums and talks on the performing arts. To be included are attendee-driven “Group Meetings,” as well as “Speed Meetings,” which are scheduled one-on-one meetings with both domestic and foreign presenters. Symposiums by such groups as the Asian Dramaturgs’ Network and the Open Network for Performing Arts Management will also be held concurrently.
TPAM Fringe will be featuring various artists who will be performing in Yokohama and Tokyo at the time of the event. Hiroshi Koike Bridge Project, Co. Yamada Un, Shintaro Hirahara, and Chiharu Shinoda are a few of these artists participating. Visit TPAM’s official website for details.