“Tokyo Caravan” began in 2015 as part of Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Leading Project, which serves as the lead-in to the Cultural Program of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Devised by playwright, director and actor Hideki Noda under the concept of engendering new forms of expression through the mingling of cultures produced by encounters between a diverse array of artists, this Japan-wide initiative sees artists engaging in performances that transcend their respective genres.
“Tokyo Caravan in Kumamoto” is being put together by choreographer/dancer Ryohei Kondo, who heads the Condors. Performers from Kumamoto include Yamaga Tourou Dance, Kumamoto Prefectural Taiko Federation Team, and Kumamoto Prefectural Amakusa Takushin High School Kyodogeino-club. Adding to the festive spirit at Kumamoto Castle will be performances by the Kumamoto Music Caravan band, a gathering of artists from various genres. Members include Takasada Inada on tenor saxophone, Eri Konishi on the accordion, Shuichiro Sakaguchi on trumpet, singer-songwriter Tamurapan, vocalist and traditional paper cutting artist Chanky Matsumoto, Leo Nanjo on percussion, Ryotaro “Pom” Uto on bass and band leader Kaya Okada on alto saxophone.
Everyone can take part in the workshops being held October 9-12 and the participatory performance on October 15. Why not take the opportunity to experience firsthand a mingling of culture? (The workshop on October 13 only will be closed to the public).
Ryohei Kondo, Yamaga Tourou Dance, Kumamoto Prefectural Taiko
Federation Team, the Kumamoto Prefectural Amakusa Takushin High School Kyodogeino club, the Kumamoto Music Caravan band (Takasada Inada on tenor saxophone, Eri Konishi on the accordion, Shuichiro Sakaguchi on trumpet, singer-songwriter TAMURAPAN, vocalist and traditional paper cutting artist Chanky Matsumoto, Leo Nanjo on percussion, Ryotaro “Pom” Uto on bass and band leader Kaya Okada on alto saxophone, others.
[Participating creators ]
Kenji Aoki (video), Masaki Miyai (photography)
*Performers differ according to schedule.
*Performers are subject to change without prior notice.
Workshops *(Open to the public, audience may freely participate)
Performance *Free to attend, no reservation required
Sunday, October 15, 2017: FINALE
Public rehearsal 10:00 — 15:00
Participatory performance 15:00 — 17:00
Venue: Ninomaru Square at Kumamoto Castle (Honmaru 1-1, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture)
*Program subject to change without prior notice.
*In the case of rain there will be a change of venue and program contents on Monday (holiday) October 9 and Sunday 15. Details will be announced on the official website before 13:00 on the day for October 9, and before 08:00 on the day for October 15.
“Tokyo Caravan in Kumamoto” Call for performers!
Please see here for more details.
Project Coordination Division, Arts Council Tokyo,
Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
Monday, October 9 – Friday, October 13 2017 [Public workshops]
Sunday, October 15 2017 [Performance]
Various locations in Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Castle’s Ninomaru Square