Lineup for the Tokyo International Arts Festival (TIF) 2007 (Feb. 1-Mar. 30, 2007)
The lineup for the 13th Tokyo International Arts Festival (TIF) 2007 (organized by the NPO Arts Network Japan) has been announced and the festival will be held from Feb. 1 to Mar. 31, 2007. This year’ s program will include performances of 16 domestic and foreign productions at venues around Tokyo including the Nishi-sugamo Arts Factory and the historical Myonichi-kan building of Jiyu Gakuen.
One of the highlights this year will be the performances by artists from Tunisia, Lebanon and Uzbekistan presented by the festival’s Middle East series (co-sponsored by the Japan Foundation), which is now in its fourth year. First of these will be the performance of the new work Corps Otage by Tunisia’s Familia Productions, a company that also performed at the 2005 TIF. This is a controversial work that cannot be performed in Tunisia because of the ban on works dealing with the subject of suicide bombings by Islamic fundamentalists. The Lebanese playwright, director and actor Rabih Mroue will present a new work that takes as its subject the legendary first movie ever made in Lebanon back in 1950. During his visit to Japan in December to prepare for the work’s premiere performance at TIF 2007, Mr. Mroue participated in a talk event on Dec. 20. The third program of this series is the first performance in Japan of the play Imitations of the Koran based on an original drama by Pushkin and directed by Mark Weil of the Ilkhom Theatre of Uzbekistan that will feature video art and live performances of traditional music.
Among the Japanese productions, special attention is focused on the work Becket Radio jointly directed by the 2005 Kishida Drama Award winner Toshiki Okada of Chelfitsch and the Nishi-sugamo Arts Factory resident artist Hatsumi Abe. With this performance an experimental live Net radio broadcast will be made along with the performance.
There will also be reading programs and five performances as part of the Regional Theater Series that introduce works by regional theater companies active around Japan.