Spearheaded by playwright director and actor Hideki Noda, the Tokyo Caravan roving cultural movement has continued to develop performances based on new and unique forms of expression. A diverse array of artists across languages, borders and artistic genres are invited to participate, creating a “mingling of cultures” between expressive artists and performers whose paths have mostly never crossed before.
With the aim of becoming a nationwide platform for cultural movements that will continue into the future beyond the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Tokyo Caravan continues to roll out all over Japan as a unique “cultural circus,” welcoming celebrities active in the world of arts and culture, new talent and lively young expressive artists and performers.
The first Tokyo Caravan to be held this fiscal year, “Tokyo Caravan in Iwaki” will take place with choreographer/dancer/dance company Condors frontman Ryohei Kondo as Leading Artist. On April 6 and 7,Kondo, Chanky Orchestra (formed for “Tokyo Caravan in Kumamoto” in 2017) and dancers selected by Kondo visited Iwaki, where they researched the culture and history of the land, engaging in creative activities with local artists.
Participating in the performances and representing local Iwaki artists will be rap group Onahama Lyric Punch Line,Kamimisaka Yacchiki Odori Hozonkai, Jangara Nembutsu Odori (The “Jangara” Sutra-Chanting Bon Dance) by Shimotsuzura youth association, Spa Resort Hawaiians Dancing Team, and Spa Resort Hawaiians Fire Knife Dance Team Siva Ola, who will join Kondo in taking up the challenge of a genre-transcending mingling of cultures. What sort of cultural seeds will be sown In Iwaki by the increasingly vibrant and dynamic “Tokyo Caravan 2019” project, and what thrills and excitement will it stir up? You can look forward to the project’s ongoing story beyond 2020!
No charge, no reservations required
Ryohei Kondo (choreographer/dancer/Condors leader), Chanky Orchestra(Eri Konishi/piano and accordion, Shuichiro Sakaguchi/trumpet, Kenta Shimizu/cavaquinho, Chanky Matsumoto/vocal and traditional paper cutting,Leo Nanjo/percussion, Ryotaro “Pom” Uto/bass and Kaya Okada/alto saxophone), dancer/performers(Sae Onishi,Lala Kobayashi),Onahama Lyric Punch Line (rap group), Kamimisaka Yacchiki Odori Hozonkai, Jangara Nembutsu Odori (The “Jangara” Sutra-Chanting Bon Dance) by Shimotsuzura youth association,Spa Resort Hawaiians Dancing Team, and Spa Resort Hawaiians Fire Knife Dance Team Siva Ola,others
Mizumi Nakanishi (costumes), Kenji Aoki (video), Ryoichi Ageishi (photography),others
Tokyo Caravan General Supervisor
Hideki Noda (playwright, director and actor)
*Performers, programs etc. are subject to change without prior notice.
To bring the “Tokyo Caravan in Iwaki” to a wider audience, the event will be carried live on the official website.
Project Coordination Division, Arts Council Tokyo,
Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
Special venue in Aquamarine Park (Tatsumicho, Onahama, Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture)
*In case of rain, the venue will be changed to Alios Iwaki Performing Center Medium theater (1-6 Tairamisaki, Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture).