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Oct. 10, 2017
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10th Festival/Tokyo 17 Opens (Sept. 30 – Nov. 12, 2017)
Tokyo’s performing arts festival Festival/Tokyo 17 (F/T17) is being held for the 10th time in 2017, and its theme is “Newcomers, Towards a Big Place.” It will be held over 44 days beginning September 30th with the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre as the main venue and numerous other venues in tie-ups with the Ikebukuro district of Tokyo.
The main contents of the organizers’ program consist of 14 invited works, beginning with the opening program Toky Toki Saru conceived and directed by Thai choreographer Pichet Klunchun as a work in what for him represents a new field of endeavor: performance art. Participating in it will be dancers selected from around Asia and people from the general public. No reservations were required and admission was free to encourage as many people as possible to attend and participate.
The Asia Series this time too China as its feature country and focused on young artists under the title “China New Power: Chinese Millenials.” Among the works presented are a new work of performance conceived, directed by Tianzhou Chen (b. 1985) titled “Trayastrimsa” that fuses ancient culture with the contemporary club culture, and a work written and directed by Xiaoxing Sun (b. 1986) titled “Loves Labor’s Lost” that portrays young people in a fantasy world where the real and the virtual intersect. There will also be first Japan performances by three groups of musicians and talks on a variety of culture subjects.
From Japan, Yukio Shiba makes his first appearance at Festival/Tokyo with a new work In our distance there is no sorrow, a story on the subject of distance told simultaneously in two different versions at two theaters next to each other at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre. This work is a joint production with Taipei Performing Arts Center (planned opening in 2019) and plans call for collaboration with musicians and costume designers from Taiwan.
The project “Performing Fukushima” of Masataka Matsuda’s Marebito Theatre Company that delves into the depths of common memory of the Fukushima community by staging plays written by a number of different writers. Also, Matsuda serves as curator for the new project to seek out and nurture young theater makers titled “Theatre for Experimentation and Dialogue: Theatre of Newcomers and Incidents.”
In addition, in the “F/T in the City Performance Series” that takes theater out of the theater, performances include Shigeki Nakano + Frankens presents a new work based on the period novel Halfway to Hanshichi, which will be performed in Matsudo in Chiba, just across the river from Tokyo. Also in this series are works by Takeshi Fukuda, Mai Endo, Eiki Mori and FAIFAI.
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