About Tokyo International Arts Festival 2002

A Re-incarnation as an International Festival 

TIF began in Ikebukuro in 1988 as Tokyo International Performing Arts Festival, and has been in full activity as Tokyo International Butai Arts (TIF) since 1997. It has been under the management of Arts Network Japan (Non Profit Organization) since 2000, which has given us the opportunity to extend our activities to many events. In 2001 we realized a contemporary Japanese drama reading as one of the official events of gJapan 2001h in London , UK.

For the 9th festival, we decided to broaden the horizons, changing from the Tokyo International Performing Arts Festival to the Tokyo International Festival. We aim to occupy an important position in international arts festivals, in introducing and presenting performing arts of high quality.

TIF2002 invites highly acclaimed international productions, as well as producing and promoting Japanese contemporary dramas and dance performances by young artists who produced notable works in Japan . We support their activities to make new changes.  

The next festival will be held from February to March 2004, linking other major arts festivals which will be held in Asia and Oceania in the spring season. It will be aimed at creating a network environment to exchange high quality productions, and provide a circuit in which invited foreign productions can be more efficiently introduced. We aim to produce a comprehensive international festival which includes music and fine-arts as well as theater and dance, and works which collaborate artistic genres.

TIF's program 

TIF2002 invites productions of excellence from festivals around the world, introducing the latest trends in performing arts from around the world. It is a main policy of TIF2002 to bring Japanese artists and audiences to witness first-rate artistic work so they may be profoundly inspired.

We have also begun a program to invite works which thematically address their own current national, racial, and regional issues. We think it is a small, but prescient program, which attracts the interest and sympathy of Japanese spectators, particularly of the younger generations.  

The domestic production program, the Regional Theater Series, which supports productions produced in regions outside of Tokyo , is now in its 4th year. This time, we present company productions which have already been shown at TIF in the past.

To this we have added another program to the Regional Theater Series.  Based on the results we have found from working with and supporting young, capable artists from other regions in the past, we aim to develop this program into productions or international collaborations. This will be the latest result from TIFfs building networks between Tokyo and other regions, and a new step in development.  

Regional Theatre Series

Now in the 4th Regional Theater Series, which started in autumn of 1999 with the aim to promote  young and growing companies or artists who are based in regional areas. Seven theater companies were introduced in 1999, six companies in 2000, and five companies last year. This year, five companies will appear in the Tokyo Geijutsu Gekijo (Sho-Hall 1-2) from November 21 to December 8.

Most of the theaters which participated in this series have developed their activities into new productions to perform throughout Japan , as well as Tokyo . They are now becoming well known both in Tokyo regionally.

While only companies which have never presented in the Regional Theater Series before were introduced until last year, this year we present two new companies, who will be opening fresh new ground. Tobu Gekijo, a theater company of Kitakyushu , having taken part in the Regional Theater Series in 1999, continued its positive activity and built on its stable reputation in Tokyo . Mr. Tomari, playwright and director present work on the theme of love. POP THEATRE `, who participated in Regional Theater Series in 2000, are based in Yamaguchi and have created a new style. Three company, B-kyu Yuugekitai ( Nagoya ), Ugly duckling ( Osaka ) and Cofuku-Gekijo ( Miyazaki ) appear for the first time in this series. B-kyu Yugekitai has played in Tokyo . Ugly Duckling, a most remarkable company, is composed of young people around 25 years old. Kofuku Gekijo of Miyazaki also has a good reputation for their drama.


 TIF 2002 Basic Information
name Tokyo International@Arts Festival 
date September 10 (Tue)  to December 23 (Mon), 2002
venues Bunkamura Theatre Cocoon, Kitasenju Nishi-Guchi Event Hiroba,Oribe Hall,  Park Tower Hall,  Setagaya Public Theatre, Studio Actre, The Suzunari, Theatre Tram,  Tokyo Geijutsu Gekijo Sho-Hall 1&2
@ 21repertories / 139 performances
organized by Arts Network Japan (NPO-ANJ)
co-organizer@ International Theatre Institute ( ITI^UNESCOjJapan Centre
co-producer Bunkamura (eRichard II.f)
Setagaya Community Foundation (ethe far side of the moonf)
Japan Foundation for Regional Art-Activities (Regional Theater Series)
Foundation (eIndian Summerf, International Visitors' Program)
Hirosaki Gekijo (eIndian Summerf)
Supported by  The Nihon Foundation, The Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan 
Sponsored by Asahi Breweries, Ltd., Shiseido Co., Ltd., Toyota Motor Corporation
Endorsed by  The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Association of Japanese Theatre Companies
Co-operated by  Theatre Guide, Theatre Television
PR  Poster Hari's Company
 TIF 2002 Board Memebers
Yasuhiko ENDO General Director, Japan Foundation for Regional Art-Activities
Akihiko SENDA Professor, Sizuoka University of Art and Culture
Fujio CHO President, Toyota Motor Corporation
Taeko NAGAI Director, Setagaya Culture Life Information Center
Kohtaro HIGUCHI Honorary President, Asahi Breweries, Ltd.
Yoshiharu FUKUHARA Honorary President, Shiseido. Co.Ltd.
Susumu YANASE Councilor, Vice-president of Ongaku-Guin Renmei
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