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chelfitsch: “Collaborative theater project with non-native Japanese speaker” report session

Arts Council Tokyo Grant Program: Activity Report of Creation Grant [Long Term] -Session 18

Since 2013, Arts Council Tokyo has been running Creation Grant [Long Term] providing up to three years of support for long-term artistic projects.
For the 18th talk session with a past grant recipient, we introduce “Collaborative theater project with non-native Japanese speaker” by chelfitsch, a project which received a three-year grant starting in 2020.

“Collaborative theater with non-native Japanese speaker” is a three-year project aimed at taking a critical look at the situation surrounding the diversity of language itself, and through the creation of theater, presenting the societal possibilities of theatrical expression. In the first and second years, chelfitsch conducted research on domestic educational institutions and related organizations, held talk events, and organized a series of “imagination”-based workshops targeted at non-native speakers of Japanese. In the third year, it staged “The Window of Spaceship ‘In-Between’,” a theatrical work created with actors whose mother tongue is not Japanese who the group met through the workshops. In order to more broadly communicate the significance of this project, chelfitsch released “chelfitsch note,” comprising an introduction to the project by participants from workshops held in the first and second years, and a report on workshops conducted by external directors.

Grant recipient

Toshiki Okada (playwright/novelist/chelfitsch leader)
Tamiko Ouki (producer)
Emi Mizuno (producer)

Japanese Sign Language interpreters 
Yuko Kato
Yuko Setoguchi

Haruna Matsutani ((Senior Program Officer, Grants Division, Activity Support Department)

*Please note photographs and sound recordings of this session will be taken for the purpose of the organizer’s publicity and records and will be made available on the Arts Council Tokyo website at a later date.
*Please note this event will be conducted in Japanese.
*Assistive technology support is available in the form of sign language interpreting and the speech-to-text app UD Talk.

Speakers profiles

While always updating its methodology revolving around the relationship between speech and body, chelfitsch explores forms of expression that are not bound by existing theatrical techniques. Since its founding in 1997, the company boasts a history of performing in a total of 90 cities throughout Asia, Europe, and North/South America. chelfitsch is led by Toshiki Okada.

Toshiki Okada
Playwright, novelist, chelfitsch representative
Okada’s unique methodology based on the relationship between words and the body, as well as his critical perspective on modern society, have been lauded and attracted attention both in Japan and overseas. He has worked on many collaborative international works, including a repertory program at a public theater in Germany.

Tamiko Ouki
Producer, precog co, ltd.
Since 2010, Ouki has been in charge of chelfitsch production, producing over ten works, as well as doing chelfitsch tour management in Europe, North/South America, and various Asian cities. Since 2020, she has been Chief of precog’s Artist Division, heading up planning and sales for domestic and overseas projects with a focus on projects with artists.

Emi Mizuno
Producer, precog co, ltd.
Since 2016 she has worked on performance projects in Japan and overseas by Mikuni Yanaihara, Yudai Kamisato, Norimizu Ameya, and others, as well as the Southeast Asian international collaborations “Jejak-旅 Tabi Exchange: Wandering Asian Contemporary Performance,” and “Pratthana – A Portrait of Possession.” Since 2020, she has been in charge of producing and managing chelfitsch and Toshiki Okada.




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Thursday, July 4, 2024, 12:00

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