TPAM in Yokohama 2014.02.08 - 02.16

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Young directors, whose activities are unique, are appointed by TPAM as the directors of this program. They freely propose concepts and new points of view in their directions, through which we can share contemporary ideas and issues to contemplate on the possibilities of performing arts.

Masashi Nomura Direction

The experience of the earthquake disaster and nuclear accident overturned all our trust in society. By “trust” I mean “calculability” or “controllability.” Not only capitalism and radioactivity but also our lives and relationships are uncontrollable… We realized that we are passive existences from birth. From subjective activity to objective passivity. From calculated construction to indefinite development. How can we, born alone and passively, connect to others and get along to survive? How can we develop community in the uncertain society where catastrophe remains latent? I selected performances that should respond to these questions about passivity toward “life” and “relationship,” and on this premise, the direction that “life” takes, “division” and “community.”

Masashi Nomura Direction

Photo: Hideto Maezawa

Masashi Nomura
(Producer, Komaba Agora Theater)
Born in Nagano in 1978. After working at a public hall, he joined Komaba Agora Theater and Seinendan. Meanwhile, he took part in activities of young artists in various ways. Our Planet (2009) by mamagoto and The Treasured Son (2010) by Sample, for which he worked as dramaturge, won the Kishida Kunio Drama Award. He has also produced black coffee (not for drink) by Okazaki Art Theatre (2013) and Time by Shuta Hasunuma and Ryota Yamada (TPAM2012).

蓮沼執太Shuta Hasunuma

Shuta Hasunuma

Composition: New Philharmonic Kanagawa Arts Theatre, Hall 2.11 Tue 17:00 Ticket available prior to other programs! Sales starts on: 1.15 Wed 10:00 Available at: eplus *Available at Ticket Kanagawa from 1.25 Sat. Shuta Hasunuma, who started as a solo electronica musician, started to form a community called “Philharmonic” by reversing and opening the private time...


Girl X Kanagawa Arts Theatre, Middle Studio 2.12 Wed 16:00 2.13 Thu 14:30/20:00 Fortunately for some and unfortunately for others, so far, this small country, which had been said to be a “big power,” seems to have only buried the experience of the unprecedented accident deep under the surface. Girl X is a middle-length play...

Fumi Yokobori Direction

Where does “dance” emerge from? What is its basis? When does it begin and end? For whom does it exist? What kind of forms does it show or does not show? In this direction I would like to focus on the three following points of view. Firstly, “dance” is expression that is generated in close relation to local contexts: climate, location, history, education, religion, family life, etc. Secondly, it goes back and forth between “necessity in daily life,” “what loosely connects people, roots and community” and “act of showing something at some kind of venue.” Thirdly, “dance” is expression with a structure that is open to endless processes, where it transforms again and again as daily life continues endlessly.

Fumi Yokobori DirectionFumi Yokobori
(Program Director, NPO DANCE BOX)
Born in Nara in 1978. She has been engaging in DANCE BOX since 1999. A trainee under the study program for upcoming artists of the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2006. Researched the situation of performing arts in six Asian countries and New York as a fellow of the Asian Cultural Council from 2008 to 2009. Based at Art Theater dB Kobe, she has been experimenting on programs that connect “dance,” “local communities” and “theater” and aiming to build network with a focus on Asia.

筒井潤+新長田で踊る人々Jun Tsutsui + Dancing People in Shin-Nagata

Jun Tsutsui + Dancing People in Shin-Nagata

About Dances in Shin-Nagata Kanagawa Arts Theatre, Large Studio 2.13 Thu 16:30 2.14 Fri 16:30 The concept of the project “About Dances in Shin-Nagata” is to “meet people who dance in Shin-Nagata.” It is a long-term project that was launched in April 2009. Based on studio visits and interviews and involving a number of events,...
ショーネッド・ヒューズSioned Huws

Sioned Huws

Aomori, Aomori Kanagawa Arts Theatre, Large Studio 2.13 Thu 16:30 2.14 Fri 16:30 Aomori Project is a long-term work-in-progress project since 2008 in which the Welsh choreographer / dancer Sioned Huws and dancers and musicians of Aomori, the northernmost prefecture on the main island of Japan, have been working together. Based on residence and creation...

Katsuhiro Ohira Direction

I tried to do what I thought was impossible at ST Spot in the past two TPAM Direction programs of mine, but this time I would like to reconsider what is possible at my home ground. ST Spot is a tiny “theatre” with the minimum space and facilities. Artists have to thoroughly look into themselves and learn how to control and make use of the space in order to set off for a journey to the world of their pieces. They sometimes return to the space and confirm where they stand. This circulation becomes mental food, a place for training and the value of the space for the artists. We witness that process everyday and watch the changes that occur every moment, without too much intervention, but not ignoring either, basically affirming everything as it is, because it is impossible to judge the values instantly. However, we try to present a direction in programming as much as we can. I think the judgements are not based on experience or information; they involve both intuitions and what betrays the intuitions.

Katsuhiro Ohira DirectionKatsuhiro Ohira
(Director, ST Spot)
Born in Osaka in 1971. After working as a reader and lecturer at a university and professional school, he started to work at ST Spot in 2006 and engaged in the establishment of Steep Slope Studio. The director of ST Spot since 2008, he has been programming with a focus on contemporary dance and organizing training programs for young artists and workshops for audience development. Recently he has also been working on international exchange projects including artist-in-residence.

伊藤キム × 山下残Kim Itoh × Zan Yamashita

Kim Itoh × Zan Yamashita

ST Spot 2.11 Tue 19:00 2.12 Wed 16:00/20:00* 2.13 Thu 15:00/19:00 *Only for TPAM registrants Kim Itoh led the Japanese dance scene since the 1990s, and after traveling across the world as a backpacker from 2005 to 2006, he suddenly declared that he would stop creating his own works. Zan Yamashita, based in the Kansai...
酒井幸菜 × 白神ももこYukina Sakai × Momoko Shiraga

Yukina Sakai × Momoko Shiraga

Stick & uS!! ST Spot 2.15 Sat 17:00/20:00* 2.16 Sun 14:00/18:00 *Reserved for TPAM registrants By making the team composition and technical specification as simple as possible, we improved the mobility of the pieces and aimed to have audience and the creators enjoy dance itself. The contents are based on an idea that the motivations...

Takuo Miyanaga Direction

In 2013, “play” that I encountered was in “daily life.” “Story” and “play” lie in the fact that people live there. It was a visit to and life on Shodo Island — I went there to participate in Setouchi Triennale — that reminded me of the simple truth. Light, sound, the sea, winds, ports, islands, people, space and time. Encounters with plays are often in “quotidian” moments: embarrassment at taking a picture with a friend that you meet for the first time in a long time, excitement at wearing your favorite clothes for a date, or finding a word flowing in Twitter comforting on a crowded train. These emotions are all coming from having a “relationship” with the world. In 2014, the “play” that I want to encounter is in “relationship.” This time I would like to produce a “play” that is born from “relationship” through photography, clothes and words.

Takuo Miyanaga DirectionTakuo Miyanaga
(Presenter / Producer)
Born in Tokyo in 1981. The representative of “ZuQnz,” a planning and producing unit. He was involved in the production of performances and related projects of Seinendan from 2007 to 2011, and founded a theatre company “mamagoto” with Yukio Shiba in 2009 as its executive producer. Other works that he has engaged in include the producing of “toi,” a unit with Miyuki Kurokawa (InnocentSphere) and live performances of a music unit “kuchiroro.”

濱田英明 × 瀧澤日以 × 柴幸男Hideaki Hamada × Kai Takizawa × Yukio Shiba

Hideaki Hamada × Kai Takizawa × Yukio Shiba

An Exhibition Called “Play” Yokohama Creativecity Center 1F 2.11 Tue 10:30–19:00* 2.12 Wed – 2.16 Sun 09:30–19:00 Exhibition, admission free, reservation not required *Admission only for TPAM registrants from 15:00 to 16:00 (during the reception). *Opening live music performance by OK?NO!! at 12:00 and 16:00 Photographs are gifts to the future. There is someone in...

舞台芸術AIRミーティング@TPAM & ショーケース in 京都(2012)

IETM Asia Satellite Meeting (Tokyo, 2008)
Performing Arts Presenters’ Network Conference (2009)
IETM Asia Satellite Meeting (Yokohama, 2011)
TPAMiY Summer Session(2011)
Performing Arts AIR Meeting@TPAM (2012)
Performing Arts AIR Meeting@TPAM & Showcase in Kyoto (2012)


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Ustream Recording

What is an “Accident” of a Nuclear Plant? (TPAMiY Summer Session 2011)


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• IETMアジア・サテライト・ミーティング(2011)
創造活動、社会正義、AIR(舞台芸術AIRミーティング@TPAM 基調講演、2012)


Weekly@Arts Management(韓国語、日本語、英語)
International Coalition for Arts, Human Rights & Social Justice(英語)

Transcriptions and Reports

IETM Asia Satellite Meeting (Tokyo, 2008)
Performing Arts Presenters’ Network Conference (2008)
On the “Public” and “International” Nature of Performing Arts (2010)
• IETM Asia Satellite Meeting (Yokohama, 2011)
Creative Expression, Social Justice and AIR (Keynote address for Performing Arts AIR Meeting@TPAM, 2012)

Upon the Earthquake Disaster (March 24, 2011)

Weekly@Arts Management (Korean, Japanese and English)
IETM (English and French)
International Coalition for Arts, Human Rights & Social Justice (English)