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Festival/Tokyo 2019 Transfield from Asia

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Festival/Tokyo (F/T), one of the biggest international performing arts festivals in Japan, will hold the program "Transfield from Asia" co-organized by the Japan Foundation Asia Center.

"Transfield from Asia" is the successor of the "Asia Series" launched in 2014, which was organized as a showcase of arts from a different nations each year. In 2018, F/T replaced "Asia Series" to emphasize the overall "transfield" nature of the region, whereby the borders between nations and disciplines are constantly fusing and dissolving.
This program introduces the latest performing arts and visual arts in Asia, constantly fusing and dissolving nations and disciplines and holds talk events inviting guests based in Southeast Asia.
This program introduces the latest performing arts and visual arts in Asia, constantly fusing and dissolving nations and disciplines and holds talk events inviting guests based in Southeast Asia.

Program Information

Dates

Festival/Tokyo 2019 "Transfield from Asia"

Friday, October 25th to Sunday, November 10th, 2019
(Period of Festival/Tokyo 2019 : from Saturday, October 5th to Sunday, November 10th, 2019)

Venue Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Theater Green etc.
Organized by Festival/Tokyo Executive Committee
Toshima City / Toshima Mirai Cultural Foundation / NPO Arts Network Japan[NPO-ANJ]) / Tokyo Festival Executive Comittee (Toshima City / Toshima Mirai Cultural Foundation  / Festival/Tokyo Executive Comittee / Arts Council Tokyo & Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre [Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture])]
Co-organized by The Japan Foundation Asia Center
Tickets Early Bird Discounts : from Wednesday, August 28, 10:00a.m. to Saturday, August 31 7:00p.m.
General Tickets : on sale from Sunday, September 1, 10:00p.m.

[Ticket inquiry]
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Festival/Tokyo Official Website

[Event Information: Transfield from Asia]

"Sand(a)isles" /Art Project

Directed and Designed by JK Anicoche + Rick Yamakawa

A photo of Sand(a)isles

Following research in Manila, Vientiane, Kuala Lumpur, and Tokyo, Manila-based performance-maker JK Anicoche and up-and-coming Japanese architect Rick Yamakawa create an interactive performance. Urban space in Japan comprises "aisles" for going somewhere. This project emerged from the pair's desire to discover and make "isles" that can be anchored and visited in these aisles. The results radically transform the familiar landscape of the city, presenting insights and inspirations.

Period: Monday, October 28 to Sunday, November 10, 2019 (tentative)
Venue: Locations around Toshima-ku, Tokyo
Admission Free (no reservation required)

For details, please visit the F/T official website as below:
https://www.festival-tokyo.jp/19/en/program/sand-aisles.html

Fanglao Dance Company "Bamboo Talk" "PhuYing" /Dance

Choreographed by Ounla Phaoudom and Noutnapha Soydala

Choreographed by Ounla Phaoudom and Noutnapha Soydala

Fanglao Dance Company has become a leading presence in the Lao dance scene not only for the striking symbiosis of traditional dance and hip hop styles in its work but also due to its efforts to organize workshops and festivals. For its first performances in Japan, the company presents two works : "Bamboo Talk" is a male dance duet exploring the culture of Southern Laos through breakdancing, traditional martial arts, and an old kind of Lao singing called mor lam, while "PhuYing" features three female dancers employing both classical and hip hop dance styles to convey the reality of women in Laos today. "Fanglao" means to "listen to Laos." Against the noise of rapid economic growth and modernization in Laos, what can we hear? What do people now feel and sense in their lives? Fanglao Dance Company weaves an honest and fresh meditation on these questions through a unique form of dance culture.

Date :
Friday, October 25, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 26, 2019, 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 27, 2019, 2:00p.m.
※Box office opens 1 hour before performance. Doors open 30 minutes before performance.
Venue: Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Theatre East
Running Time (tentative) : 60 minutes
Ticket: Advance 3,500 JPY、Same day 4,000JPY、Students 2,300JPY and other discount tickets available(Unreserved seating)

For details, please visit the F/T official website as below :
https://www.festival-tokyo.jp/19/en/program/fanglao.html

"To To Transfer" / Lecture Performance

Written and Performed by Okui Lala + Asako Taki

A poster of To To Transfer

The Malaysian artist Okui Lala has continued to pursue dialogues related to migration, movement, and identities. The Japanese artist Asako Taki's practice has engaged with multicultural communities, exploring changes in people and expression. Sharing various interests yet having so far worked with different approaches in their respective bases, the pair now presents a lecture performance that brings together closely knit communities. Over 2.6 million people living in Japan today have roots outside the country. From Japan to "home" and back again to Japan, what these people move across borders is not only their bodies or language. This lecture performance examines the various "things" that cross the sea, from money to daily necessities and gifts, through the flow of international logistics. Unweaving the individual stories that lie behind each and every object, a new cultural vista appears.

Date :
November 2 (Saturday) to 4 (Monday), 2019, 3:00 p.m.
※Box office opens 1 hour before performance. Doors open 30 minutes before performance.
Venue : Theater Green (BIG TREE THEATER)
Running time : 75 minutes(tentative)
Ticket : Advance 3,000 JPY, Same day 3,500JPY, Students 2,000JPY and other discount tickets available(Unreserved seating)
Language : Japanese, English and other languages

For details, please visit the F/T official website as below :
https://www.festival-tokyo.jp/19/en/program/tototo.html

"Soft Play" /Video, Music and Performance

Directed and Performed by Akihiko Taniguchi

A image of Soft Play

From "a throw of the dice" (2018), a real-time simulation of the titular act in which different scanned landscapes each from a previous throw appear on the screen depending on where the die lands, to "The Big Browser 3D" (2016), in which a large three-dimensional browser is viewable by controlling an avatar of the artist, the new media artist Akihiko Taniguchi's sharp and witty work strives to redefine the border between the real and the virtual. He here presents his first ever theatre work, especially created for F/T. This new piece combines two types of places : a children's soft play area, which is made entirely from soft materials, and a virtual space, which is designed as a simulation of reality. Into this environment appears Taniguchi's avatar, controlled by the artist himself. His unique take on a theatre "performance" that does not require a specific place, let alone an actual body, questions our assumptions and the possibilities of the medium.

Date :
Saturday, November 9, 2019 1:00p.m. / 6:00p.m. (two performances)
Sunday, November 10, 2019, 4:00 p.m.
※Box office opens 1 hour before performance. Doors open 30 minutes before performance.
Venue: Theater Green (BIG TREE THEATER)
Running time : 75 minutes(tentative)
Ticket : Advance 3,000 JPY, Same day 3,500JPY, Students 2,000JPY and other discount tickets available(Unreserved seating)
Language : Japanese

For details, please visit the F/T official website as below :
https://www.festival-tokyo.jp/19/en/program/soft-play.html

Talk

Featuring special invited speakers from Southeast Asia, these talks share the present state of the transfield arts and culture scenes locally and across the region.

"Transfield" According to Critics

Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019 6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m. (tentative)
※Box office and doors open 30 minutes before.
Venue : Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Symphony Space (5th floor)
Language : Japanese with consecutive English Interpretation available ※tentative
Fee : 500 JPY(guests with a prior reservation will have priority)
Guest: Asian Arts Media Roundtable

Asian Arts Media Roundtable

Asian Arts Media Roundtable logo

The Asian Arts Media Roundtable is an international meeting of arts editors, publishers, reviewers, journalists, critics, bloggers, podcasters, videocasters, and arts-makers from Southeast Asia, East Asia, and Asia- Pacific. Launched by the Southeast Asian arts and culture site Arts Equator (www.ArtsEquator.com), the inaugural event was held in Singapore in May 2019.

The Brunei Art Scene

Date : Sunday, November 3, 2019, 6:00p.m. - 8.00p.m. (tentative)
※Box office and doors open 30 minutes before.
Venue : GLOCAL CAFE Ikebukuro
(1F Sunshine City Alpha, 3-1-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo)
Guest : Lisa Ahmad
Language : Japanese with consecutive English Interpretation available ※tentative
Fee : 1,000JPY(guests with a prior reservation will have priority / including a beverage)

Lisa Ahmad

A photo of Lisa Ahmad

Lisa Ahmad graduated from Chelsea College of Arts. She founded Kaleidoscope Studio with the aim of developing the arts in Brunei, supporting a wide range of visual, performance, and literary artists. She has also recently organized exhibitions, music events, and other projects with a focus on social and environmental issues.

The Future of "Transfield" as seen from Southeast Asia

Date : Saturday, November 9, 2019, 6:00p.m.- 8.00p.m.
※Box office and doors open 30 minutes before.
Venue : GLOCAL CAFE Ikebukuro
(1F Sunshine City Alpha, 3-1-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo)
Guest : Sasapin Siriwanij(Artistic Director of BIPAM - Bangkok International Performing Arts Meeting)
Language : Japanese with consecutive English Interpretation available ※tentative
Fee : 1,000JPY(guests with a prior reservation will have priority / including a beverage)

Sasapin Siriwanij

A photo of Sasapin Siriwanij

Sasapin Siriwanij is an actor, director, and producer who started working in the theatre while studying at Chulalongkorn University. As a core member of B-Floor Theatre, she is active widely at home and abroad. She has worked as a director since 2013. Her recent output includes "OH! ODE" (2017), for which the Theater Critics Association Thailand awarded her the Best Performance by a Female Artist. She has helped organize numerous international projects and is currently artistic director of Bangkok International Performing Arts Meeting (BIPAM).

For details, please visit the F/T official website as below :
https://www.festival-tokyo.jp/19/en/program/tf-talk.html

This is the certified project of beyond 2020 program.