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Country and Region JapanTokyo
Type of Festival Dance, Drama
Location of Festival Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Festival Contact Information

Festival/Tokyo Office
Arts Network Japan
Nishi-Sugamo Arts Factory, Nishi-Sugamo 4-9-1
Toshima-ku, 170-0001 Tokyo, Japan
Phone: +81 (0)3-5961-5202
Fax: ++81 (0)3-5961-5207
Email: toiawase@festival-tokyo.jp

Festival Description

Festival/Tokyo’s mission is to produce, co-produce and present Japanese and overseas contemporary dance and theatre performances for both Japanese and international audiences.

Through its first four editions (F/T09 Spring, F/T09 Autumn, F/T10, F/T11), Festival/Tokyo has immediately established itself as the largest and most important performing arts festival in Japan. In 2011 it staged over 200 performances and reached audiences of more than 34,000.

Many of F/T’s performances are documentary theatre, multi-media, and installations, as well as interactive projects that involve the audience in the creative process.

Based in the Nishi-Sugamo Arts Factory, a former high school now serving as a theatre and centre for the performing arts, Festival/Tokyo happens in a range of venues in Toshima Ward, north Tokyo. These include the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, the Owlspot Theater, Theater Green and more.

The upcoming 2012 edition takes the theme “Beyond Words”. The Festival will examine the nature of language, communication and media, seeking to find the limitations or new possibilities of the arts in post-tsunami, post-Fukushima Japan.

Festival Dates October 27 - November 25, 2012
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Festival Story:

Due to a change in the administration of the Tokyo International Arts Festival which was organized by Arts Network Japan until its last edition in the spring of 2008, the Festival re-launched under the new name of Festival/Tokyo. Part of the Tokyo Culture Creation Project, the Festival has been reborn under the new co-organization of Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Toshima Ward and the Toshima Mirai Cultural Foundation.


Other Sources:

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  • Festival/Tokyo 2011, by Dan Grunebaum (Metropolis, September 8, 2011)
  • Festival/Tokyo rewrites its script after quake, by Nobuku Tanaka (The Japan Times, September 9, 2011)
  • Tokyo’s newest post-Fukushima tourist draw, by Rebecca Milner (CNNgo.com, October 21, 2011)
  • Exhibition questions otaku response to March 11, by Sophie Knight (The Asahi Shimbun, October 22, 2011)


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Photo slideshow credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • Dah-Dah-Sko-Dah-Dah, photo © Shunki Ogawa
    • “Castle of Dreams” (2011) Text, Direction: Daisuke Miura, photo ©Bruno De Tollenaere
    • “Le Préau d’un Seul” Jean Michel Bruyère / LFKs (No credit)
    • Rechnitz (Der Würgeengel)” Direction: Jossi Wieler, ©Arno Declair
    • “Step-Memories ― Return of the Oppressed” Concept, Direction: Hansol Yoon (green pig), photo ©Hansol Yoon
    • Crisis Trilogy III: The Priestess” (Hungary performance, 2011) Direction: Árpád Schilling, ©Krétakör - Máté Tóth Ridovics
    • “Where Were You On January 8th?” (Iran performance, 2009-2010) Text, Direction: Amir Reza Koohestani, photo ©Mohammadreza Soltani


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