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Tokyo Performing Arts Market (TPAM) held (Mar. 1 – 4, 2010)
 The 14th Tokyo Performing Arts Market (TPAM) is held this year over the four days from Mar. 1 – 4 Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space. This is an arts market that brings together artists and the “presenter” who bring works to the audience, including production staff from theaters and halls, festival directors, producers, agents, promoters, company production staff, etc. With booth exhibitions, video presentations, opportunities for meetings and a schedule of seminars and showcases, etc., the market seeks to promote networking among performing arts professionals and stimulate the performing arts scene. The last holding of TPAM (Mar. 2009) attracted a total of 2,668 performing arts professionals from Japan and abroad. Although the market is primarily for professionals in the arts world, the general public can also register to attend as visitors.

Also held in conjunction with the market is an International Showcase program (organized by Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs) in which specialized directors from the various genres choose artist to present. Presented this time are musicians Yasuaki Shimizu and Keiichiro Shibuya, dancers/performers Norimizu Ameya, contactGonzo, Neji Pijin and Line Keikyu, and in theater playwright/director Yukio Shiba, Tokyo Deathlock and CASTAYA Project. In cooperation with organizations including CINARS, Dance Info Finland, Indonesian Performing Arts Mart and the British Council, a number of ambitious works from abroad will also be presented. One particular focus is works from the British Council Showcase that show current directions in Britain’s performing arts, such as works that involve one-on-one interaction between artists and audience-participation street performance works.

TPAM Showcase (Feb. 27 – Mar. 5) is a program of performances in the Tokyo metropolitan area of works chosen by recommendation for the domestic and international presenters attending TPAM. This year’s schedule features a contemporary lineup with new works by Chelfitsch and Faifai, etc.

Also on the TPAM schedule are seminars on subjects including outreach, new movements such as the above-mentioned British performing arts and the future of arts markets and two consecutive days of discussions by Oriza Hirata and Toshiki Okada on the subject “What Have We Achieved, and Where are We Moving toward?” on Mar. 1 – 2. Registration is necessary to attend (at the following link).
+Tokyo Performing Arts Market (TPAM)
Dates: Mar. 1 – 4, 2010
Venue: Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space