TPAM in Yokohama (International Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama), an international platform for professionals involved in the performing arts, opens this year on February 11 and runs until Feb. 17 at venues including the Kanagawa Arts Theatre (KAAT), Kosha33, the Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall and others. The 2019 edition of TPAM consists of three programs: the TPAM Direction program presenting performances of the latest performing arts from around the world selected by the TPAM curation team and three outside directors, the TPAM Exchange program which serves as a networking platform for professionals involved with the performing arts from Japan and abroad, and the open-application showcase program TPAM Fringe.
The TPAM Direction program this time presents 10 works and projects with contributions from three outside directors: sound artist Aki Onda (Japan/USA), the head dramaturge of the Ruhr Triennale, Max-Philip Aschenbrenner (Germany), and producer June Tan of the Five Arts Centre (Malaysia). As his curatorial contribution, Onda presents Philippine composer José Maceda’s representative work Cassette 100
. In this large-scale work, 100 volunteer participants move throughout the performance space each with a cassette (recently MP3) player in hand, playing recordings of indigenous Filipino instruments and voices. This performance is choreographed and staged by Yoko Higashino and Toshio Kajiwara, leaders of the ANTIBODIES Collective. June Tan’s contribution in a documentary type production titled GE14
that takes as its subject Malaysia’s 14th general election (GE14) in 2018, in which an artist, Fahmi Fadzil, was elected to Parliament. Zan Yamashita
, a Japanese choreographer who is his long-time collaborator and friend, composed this work based on meticulous research and coverage. Max-Philip Aschenbrenner’s contribution is The Mysterious Lai Teck
, a work that centers around a man known as Lai Teck who served as a triple agent working with the French, British and Japanese secret services. Among the other diverse works on the program is Post Capitalistic Auction
, an alternative and “performative” but real contemporary art auction conceived and directed by the China/Norway-based artist Jingyi Wang, in which the audience/bidders are invited to bid not only with money but also with “understanding,” “opportunity” or “exchange.”
The TPAM Exchange program consists of symposiums and talks concerning a wide range of issues involved in performing arts today. Among them are “Group Meetings” at which participants suggest topics for discussion and reservation-type “Speed Networking” meetings for presenters from Japan and around the world to meet on a one-to-one basis.
On the TPAM Fringe program will be diverse performances by ARICA, Co. Yamada Un
KUKANGENDAI and others presenting performances in the Tokyo and Yokohama area. For details, please visit the official website.