Tokyo Festival 2020 International Online Meeting (streaming only)

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The artistic director who leads the world's performing arts Deliver panel discussion

Performing Arts industry is suffering from huge damage because of COVID influence. Especially, international projects such as visiting companies, performance in other countries and international co-productions are mostly cancelled this season. Tokyo Festival 2020 edition explore what is the possible expression of preforming arts under such situation as we have to secure social distance.
Geigeki Autumn Selection feature a special edition of online meeting of artists and artistic directors with whom Geigeki planned to work together this year, or with whom Geigeki is familiar. Hideki Noda, the artistic director of Geigeki will host the meeting, and panelists of world leaders of theatre talk about “What artists aim for now””The current and future situation of International Art Festivals” Such panelists could not make to gather together, even if online, at the same time, if it is not for such occasion and such situation. (streaming only)

Language: Japanese and English (with simultaneous interpretation)


SESSION 1; “Theatre artists about our times.”
The world’s leading directors discuss how the theatre of our times will survive this situation. Throughout history, theatre has experienced similarly difficult moments: plague, shutdowns, lockdowns. In the times of Shakespeare, for example.
Can such disasters redefine it or not?

Didier Deschamps (Théâtre National de Chaillot)
Thomas Ostermeier (Schaubühne)
Ivo Van Hove (International Theater Amsterdam)
Hideki Noda (Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre)
Moderator: Octavian Saiu

SESSION 2; “The present and the future of Art Festivals.”
The modern festival culture started after WWII, in a ruined world, when festivals became platforms of joy. What can we learn from this crisis and how could art festivals fulfill this mission again now? What is the role of international art festivals now?

Constantin Chiriac (Sibiu International Theatre Festival)
Yi-Ruu LIU (Taiwan National Theater & Concert Hall)
NODA Hideki (Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre)
Moderator: Octavian Saiu

Video Messages (SESSION 2)
Mark Ball(Manchester International Festival),
Tisa Ho(Hong Kong Arts Festival),
Damien Jalet(choreographer),
Robert Lepage(Director, Playwright, Actor. Ex Machina),
Silviu Purcarete(director),
Mia Yoo(LAMAMA etc.)


Streaming only
Tuesday, November 24, 17:00 (Japan Standard Time) till Sunday, December 6 10:00


Tokyo Festival Executive Committee[Toshima City, Toshima Mirai Cultural Foundation, Festival/Tokyo Executive Committee, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture(Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre & Arts Council Tokyo)]


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