For the latest news on Tokyo’s theatre scene please be sure to check out the page of Blog Camp in F/T. Yuko Nakamura, Kazuhide Shimamura and Chika Goto will be writing in Japanese, while Bertrand Lesca and me will be blogging in English. With a wide range of articles – from reviews and essays to interviews with the artists and group discussions about the performances seen at F/T, we are planning to share what is going this month at the festival.
The program for this year’s edition of Festival/Tokyo was announced a few days ago! From November 9th through December 8th we’ll have the chance to see works of artists from Japan and abroad, all themed around “travels in narratives”.
The Main Program of this edition, gathering internationally acclaimed artists, promises to be a very intense one, with many works that challenge the borders between performing arts.
The Emerging Artists Program features the works of young theatre creators from Japan, India, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore and China. Moreover, there is the Open Program with symposia, free access events and the popular F/T Mob that will warm up the spirits in the area around the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre.
Allow me to mention here some of the performances that literally made my heart beat faster when I read the program (please pardon the exclamation points that mark my overflowing enthusiasm :)):
- Tokaido Yotsuya Kaidan – Kinoshita-Kabuki’s contemporary take on the Edo period ghost story by Tsuruya Nanboku (November 21st – 24th);
- Yotsuya Zotanshu + Yotsuya Kaidan – tour performances based on the same kabuki play as above, created by Nakano Shigeki and Nagashima Kaku (November 9th -24th) [Oiwa’s story seems to be as inspirational as ever!]
- A version of Elfriede Jelinek’s “Prolog?” under the direction of Miyawaza Akio [apparently, performing techniques from Noh will be used in order to explore memories of the past ← this is a must-see!]
- Port B’s “Tokyo Heterotopia” (November 9th – December 8th) [Did I mention how much I like Port B’s concept of tour theatre? I described it in this Blogcamp in F/T article on last year’s “Kein Licht II”]
- “Current Location” by chelfitsch (November 28th– December 30th). [You can read my thoughts on this work here].
- A performance by Rimini Protokoll called 100% Tokyo (November 29th – December 1st ) [I’ve been dying to see their work for years now!]
- A series of works by Lebanese artist Rabih Mroué: “The Pixelated Revolution”, “Riding on a cloud” and “33rpm and a few seconds“.
These are just some of the highlights of this year’s F/T. I didn’t even get to mention the ones in the Emerging Artists Program, which is just as intriguing.
In the hope I turned on your curiosity, I invite you to check out the details of the program on F/T’s homepage: festival-tokyo.jp/en/