This cultural movement spearheaded by playwright, director and actor Hideki Noda, Tokyo Caravan continues to develop new forms of expression and performances through the realization of a “mingling of cultures” by a diverse array of artists across languages, borders and artistic genres. Starting in 2015 in Tokyo’s Komazawa area, the project has traveled to Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Tohoku, Kyoto, Kumamoto, Toyota, Kochi, Akita, Iwaki, Saitama, Toyama, Okayama and Hokkaido, learning about the history and culture of these places, taking part in cross-genre interaction with leading figures of local traditional arts and culture and a diverse array of expressive artists, and producing performances based on new forms of expression only possible to see in those locations. Now, in the year of the Olympics and Paralympics, the project is coming to Yoyogi Park in Tokyo’s Shibuya district on Saturday, May 23 and Sunday, May 24, 2020.Gathering with Noda in Yoyogi Park, home of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics Athletes’ Village, will be artists such as actress Takako Matsu and the Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, along with artists at the frontlines of the creative world who have appeared in Tokyo Caravan before, and an array of dynamic expressive artists from various regions. The new forms of expression generated over the project’s journey to various regions nationwide are set to come into their own in a unique performance that will become part of the legacy of the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Hideki Noda, Takako Matsu (actress), Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra (musicians), Yoshie Nakano/EGO-WRAPPIN’ (musician), Reijiro Tsumura (Noh actor), “Tokyo Caravan” Ensemble, Noriyuki Sawa (puppeteer), Ryukyuan dancers, ancient Ainu dancers, others
Tokyo Caravan General Supervisor
Hideki Noda (playwright, director, actor)
*Performers, programs etc. are subject to change without prior notice.
Viewing free of charge (advance application required, to be decided by lottery if oversubscribed)
* Details of times and how to apply will be announced at a later date.
Project Coordination Division, Arts Council Tokyo,
Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
Yoyogi Park, Chuo Hiroba (Central Plaza)
(2 Jinnan, Yoyogi Kamizonocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)