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Tokyo Performing Arts Market
Tokyo Performing Arts Market
Tokyo Performing Arts Market
The theme of this 11th Tokyo Performing Arts Market (TPAM) was “Re:Communication.” The venues for its 4-day run from March 5 to 8 were the Tokyo Forum, located in central Tokyo between the Ginza shopping area and Tokyo Station, and the Marunouchi Building Hall near Tokyo Station.
The booth presenters were limited to about 30 this time and the set-up was designed to encourage face-to-face communication between the international gathering of market and festival organizers, theaters and support organizations participating from around the world. Presenters including the Hellenic Culture Organization which is presently preparing for the 2008 Balkan Performing Arts Market, Israel’s Krakatuk's Nutcracker- Promarket, Italy’s Compagnia OPLAS repertory theater, the Finnish Dance Information Center, South Korea’s Performing Arts Market in Seoul (PAMS), China’s Shanghai International Arts Festival and Performing Arts Fair and Japan’s new otaku business with paper-made fighters Kami-robo presented their activities through video and leaflets, etc., and engaged in active information sharing.
Among the showcases were unique artists giving performances of their work from a range of genre including jazz, street dance, butoh, techno music and puppet theater. One of the things that stood out was the continued high-quality work of artists such as Hikashu (music), the Kanazawa Butoh-kan (butoh) and DONDORO Theatre (puppet theater), all of whom have been performing since the 1970s. Meanwhile, performers in the newer genre of street dance and techno music added to today’s rich diversity of performing arts genre on display.
Along with these were ten selected companies each in the fields of theater, dance and music offering video and other visual presentations of their work. These presentations were supplemented by the “TPAM Fringe” program of performances at nearby Tokyo venues and the concurrent Tokyo International Arts Festival, which offered visiting foreign presenters an opportunity to see a very wide range of artists’ work.
In the Lecture Series sponsored by the Japan Foundation, representatives from the performing arts worlds of Mexico and Brazil were invited to give presentations on the performing arts in their respective countries. One area of particular note was the active exchange of information regarding the preparations now underway for commemorative events in South America to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the start of large-scale Japanese immigration to Brazil under the 2008 Japan-Brazil Friendship Year program and in Central America the celebration of the 110th year of the start of Japanese immigration to Mexico.
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Dates: Mar. 5 - 8, 2007
Venues: Tokyo Forum / Marunouchi Building Hall
Organizers: Secretariat of Tokyo Performing Arts Market 2007 (consisting of representatives of Japan Foundation, Japan Foundation for Regional Art-Activities, Japan Center-Pacific Basin Arts Communication)
Sponsorship: Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications / Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry / Agency for Cultural Affairs / Tokyo Metropolitan Government / The Association of Public Theaters and Halls in Japan
Cooperation: ASAHI BREWERIES, LTD. / Seiko Epson Corporation / Mercure Hotel Ginza Tokyo / Czech Centre / Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania / The Finnish Institute in Japan / Royal Netherlands Embassy in Japan / OSAKA 21st CENTURY ASSOCIATION
Tie-up: Tokyo International Arts Festival 2007
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