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 Leading Artist for Tokyo Caravan in Okayama, making his first appearance in the project, is leading playwright and director Mitsunori Fukuhara whose career spans theater, film and TV drama. In May, when a refreshing early summer breeze is blowing, Fukuhara and artists from Tokyo visited Okayama Prefecture where they met and interacted with young movers and shakers from Okayama’s traditional performing arts sphere, and unique local expressive artists.
In addition to actors and musicians participating from Tokyo, the day of the performance will see a variety of local Okayama artists making an appearance including Hoyukai, an organization leading the next generation of Bitchu Kagura performers, as well as dancers, stage performers and a saxophonist.
Under the direction of Fukuhara, participants showcase a unique new style of performance, created through the challenge of a cross-genre “mingling of cultures.”
This roving cultural movement has already generated thrills and excitement in its travels to Tokyo, Rio De Janeiro, Tohoku, Kyoto, Kumamoto, Toyota, Kochi, Akita, Iwaki, Saitama and Toyama, and now makes further strides in Okayama.
Come experience a rare and special live, unplugged performance unique to Tokyo Caravan in Okayama!
No charge, no reservations required
*There will be a parade performance in the Kurashiki Bikan historical quarter prior to the main performance.
*If it rains a different program will be held at the same venue.
*Anyone may watch. If you are in a wheelchair, please speak to staff.
Koh-ichi Akada (saxophone player), Syunya Itabashi (actor),Chika Onishi (multi-genre artist), Miki Kagami (dancer), Risa Kameda (actor),Taichi Shimamura (actor), Koichi Takeuchi (dancer), Yoshitaka Terai (actor),Keizo Nagashima (actor),Mai Nakabayashi (choreographer / actor), Hiroyuki Nishiyama (musician/actor), Kan Fukuhara (actor), Group of Bitchu Kagura Hoyukai, Yoshiko Yamaguchi (performer)
Kenji Aoki (video), Masatoshi Kaga (photography), SANPIN (creative collaboration), others
General Supervisor, Tokyo Caravan
Hideki Noda (playwright/ director / actor)
*Performers, programs etc. are subject to change without prior notice.
To bring the “Tokyo Caravan in Okayama” to a wider audience, the program held on December 8 starting from 14:00 will be carried live on the official website.
Project Coordination Division, Arts Council Tokyo,
Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
Sunday, December 8 2019, 12:00 / 14:00 / 16:00
Kurashiki Monogatari-kan (2-23-18 Achi, Kurashiki City, Okayama)