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APAF Exhibition offers an opportunity for artists to create a transcultural performing arts piece, with the aim of opening up new possibilities for international collaboration. Participants from various backgrounds will extend their artistic “branches” by inspiring each other to try their hand at new creative processes and intercultural communication techniques, as well as further elevate their practice through audience feedback. This year, a directorial team comprised of three artists; director and APAF Lab 2019 participant James Harvey Estrada, choreographer/dancer Aokid, and composer/director Masashi Nukata; are challenged with presenting an online work in collaboration with performers from across Asia.
James Harvey Estrada (The Philippines), Aokid (Japan), Masashi Nukata (Japan)
Bunny Cadag (The Philippines), Robi Rusdiana (Indonesia), Mei Yamanaka (Japan)
Assistant Director: Yoshiki Fujioka, James Adrian Cifra
Program Coordinator: Ayumi Mito
Online Technical Director: Yuya Ito
Stage Manager: Koki Ura (Stage Work URAK)
Lighting Designer: Megumi Yamashita (RYU)
Lighting Adviser: Go Ueda (RYU)
Sound Designer: Masashi Wada
Digital Scenographer/Animator: Kazuki Takakura
Video Designer/Cinematographer: Koichi Wakui
Scenographer/Costume Designer: Miho Shimizu
APAF Communication Design Director: Nobuko Aiso
Art Translation（*Art Translators Collective）
Japanese-English Interpreters: Nobuko Aiso*, Hibiki Mizuno*
Art Translator Assistants: Yuki Harukawa*, Mana Seike
Editor/Writer: Momoko Kawano
Designer: Shun Sasaki (AYOND)
Chief: Yuko Uematsu
Akiho Tani, Haruka Kanbayashi, Ayumi Mito, Yoshiki Masuda
Tokyo Festival Executive Committee
APAF Department Manager: Satoko Ishitoya
Directorial Team: James Harvey Estrada
James Harvey Estrada (b. 1986) is a theater, performance, and film maker. His works include: Hear, Here!, which was created to advocate for, and empower, the Deaf community; Reign-Bow, a piece of drag-vocacy reducing the stigma surrounding HIV; and Maikling Dasal, Mahabang Gabi, a play on the plight of Overseas Filipino Workers. He is the Artistic Director of The Scenius Pro., a contemporary performance company based in Manila, and the Media Head/Director of Artists On Q, an online platform for documenting and creating during the coronavirus pandemic. Estrada is also a performing arts mentor at the Regional Lead School for the Arts in Angono. He recently presented his work at Virgin Labfest 2020 (lockdown edition), which took place online. He was also an APAF2019 Lab participant.
Directorial Team: Aokid
Aokid (b. 1988) is a dancer and artist who founded the projects AokidCity and Doubutsuen. After performing as a breakdancer until the age of 20, he then began creating fine art and performance art pieces. His collaborations take on various forms, and involve artists from a variety of genres such as performance art, music, and fine art. With Doubutsuen (an event in which participants stroll through public parks while performing to each other) and Street Live & Beer, Aokid seeks to re-define the nature of urban behaviors in Tokyo through the potentiality of performance. He was awarded the Jury Prize at Yokohama Dance Collection 2016 Competition I for free free created with Takumi Hashimoto, and presented Tiger, Tiger, with Chiharu Shinoda, at the Bangkok Biennial in the summer of 2018.
Directorial Team: Masashi Nukata
Masashi Nukata (b. 1992) is a composer and director who heads the performing arts group Nuthmique as well as the eight-piece music group Tokyo Shiokouji. His stage work interrogates the very notion of performance, pushing the boundaries of performing arts with scripts and directorial techniques that draw on his musical background. He actively collaborates not only with actors, but with artists from diverse genres including dance, rap, and film. He has won top prizes at the 16th Aichi Arts Foundation Drama Award and the 2018 Komaba Agora Directors Concours. As a composer, he has provided music for advertising campaigns such as the Central Japan Railway Company’s “Let’s go to Kyoto,” and for numerous stage productions including Satoko Ichihara’s The Bacchae – Holstein Milk Cows (Aichi Triennale 2019).
Style of performance: Online + Offline
Schedule: Thursday, October 22, 6 PM (JST) / Friday, October 23, 6 PM (JST) / Sunday, October 25, 11 AM (JST)
Reservations will be available from Saturday, October 10, 10 AM (JST)
APAF2020 Website https://apaf.tokyo
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])
Hours: Weekdays, 10 AM – 7 PM (JST)