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International Collaboration Series 1 Japan x Malaysia “Family”

  • Organization : Asia Women Performing Arts Collective
  • Section : International project
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Theater


This is the first collaborative work resulting from dialog and exchange ongoing since 2014 between women from Malaysia and Japan involved in the performing arts. Based on a play depicting the life and family of a woman of Chinese descent who migrated to the Malay Peninsula at the start of the 20th century, this work portrays the contemporary “family” using new interpretations and forms of expression. What does it mean for a woman to build a career and have a family? What does respecting multiculturalism and diversity mean? By presenting the real issues we face today, the collective hopes this work will uncover new values.

Performers: Mizuki Nishiyama, Nozomi Kawata, Sato Shimizu, Hideki Nagai (Seinendan), Keiichiro Mori (Tokyo Tambourine)
Based on “Family” by Leow Puay Tin (Malaysia)
Translated by Keiko Tsuneda
Dramatized/ directed by Hiroko Takai
Choreography: Mikuni Yanaihara
Filming: Takuya Murakawa
Editing: Keisuke Takahashi
Art/design: Chika Katoh
Costume: Yosuke Tanaka
Lighting: Masayo Okano
Stage direction: Tatsuya Dobashi
Assistant director: Michiko Hagiwara
Production: Chie Akimoto


【Asian Women Performing Arts Collective】
The Asian Women Performing Arts Collective (or Ajokai) consists of artists, producers, translators, scholars, and film directors from various Asian countries. We gather together to understand women’s experiences in our different ethnicities, societies, languages, cultures, and histories. We hope to communicate these shared experiences through performances in various countries and languages.


Asian Women Performing Arts Collective


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