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Apr. 30, 2013
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Aichi Triennale 2013 program announced
Launched in 2010, the Aichi triennale is an international arts festival held once every three years in Aichi Prefecture. The second holding of the festival with its 79-day schedule from August 10 to October 27, 2013, takes as its theme the question “Where Are We Standing? – Earth, Memory and Resurrection.” The program schedule involves 93 artists and groups from 31 countries, with the visual arts as a central pillar of the lineup, along with dance, opera and other performing arts. The artistic director is Taro Igarashi, a professor of urban studies and architecture in the Department of Architecture and Building Science at Tohoku University Graduate School of Engineering. The main venues are the Aichi Arts Center, the Nagoya City Art Museum and various sites around the city of Nagoya, and this year time there are also events planned to take place on the streets of Okazaki City.
On the contemporary art program there will be 75 artists/groups from Japan and abroad participating. On the theme of “resurrection,” Kenji Yanobe will set up a wedding hall in the art museum, Yoko Ono will send out messages from the TV broadcast tower and sites on the streets, British artist Richard Wilson will create an installation in a building used as a bowling center.
The performing arts program presents performances by 15 companies/groups from Japan and abroad. It opens with a new play by Aichi native Yukio Shiba’s company mamagoto. The program this time focuses on Samuel Beckett and attempts to create a bridge connecting to the visual arts. In related works, the Czech-born internationally renowned choreographer Jirí Kylián presents the world premiere of a work based on ideas from the philosophy of Beckett; German multimedia artist Peter Welz and choreographer William Forsythe collaborated to create a video installation whenever on on on nohow on | airdrawing (2004) based on ideas originating from Beckett’s prose piece Worstward Ho; Hiroaki Umeda presents his latest work 4. temoral pattern created with dancers from various parts of Asian; Takayuki Fujimoto and Tsuyoshi Shirai present their internationally toured multimedia work Node/The Old Man of the Desert and pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama and lighting designer Jean Kalman join together to present a performance and installation work.
In other program highlights, French choreographer Mathilde Monnier come to Japan for the first time to present the Japanese premiere of Pudique Acide/Eatasis (restaging), and Indonesian choreographer Jecko Siompo, known for his unique blend of Indonesian traditional dance with elements of hip-hop dance, makes his first appearance in Japan with the company work Room Exit (Terima Kost). Also, street performances are planned, including performances by Ho Ho-Do, Project FUKUSHIMA! directed by musician Yoshihide Otomo and more.
Opera productions are also on the program, including a production of Pucinni’s Madame Butterfly conducted by Carlo Montanaro and directed by Tetsu Taoshita.

Festival Outline
Aichi Triennale is an international arts festival launched in 2010, to be held once every three years in Aichi Prefecture. It is organized by the Aichi Triennale Organizing Committee. For the first Aichi Triennale 2010, the director of the National Museum of Art, Osaka, Akira Tatehata served as artistic director for the 72-day festival (Aug. 21 – Oct. 31) organized around the theme of “Arts and Cities.” Participating were 131 artists/groups from 24 countries. The programming is characterized by a central pillar visual arts combined with a wide variety of performing arts, opera and other genres, with works performed at symbolic urban sites in Aichi Prefecture and Nagoya City and exhibits and performances that harmonize with the cityscapes and regional sites, as well as events like the Kids Triennale and other educational/outreach programs. The first triennale attracted a total audience of approximately 570,000 people.
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