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The Dynamism of Contemporary Japanese Theatre

  • Organization : The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University
  • Section : Artistic and creative activity in Tokyo
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Interdisciplinary


In recent years, contemporary Japanese theatre has shown various developments. With a particular focus on theatrical performances during the period between 1990s and the present time, this exhibition aimed to explore, explain, and display the ‘expansion’ and ‘connection’ of contemporary Japanese theatre. Where did those artists in contemporary Japanese theatre come from? And what their future plans are? What problems and conflicts are shared within the field? Fliers and posters were presented alongside related documents and performance footages. The exhibit contributed to transport people from the Theatre Museum to the stage itself. The tip of the arrow pointed towards a theatre yet undiscovered.


The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University
Established in 1928 by Tsubouchi Shoyo, Asia’s only museum specializing in theater holds about a million items related to theater and film from all eras and places. The museum has held exhibitions and theater-related lecture series on a variety of themes, based around this immense amount of material. Students and the general public are welcome to browse through its books, documents and audiovisual material, and the museum contributes to the spread of theater and film culture through its work to digitalize material such as ukiyoe prints and make material available online.


The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University
1-6-1 Nishi-waseda, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-8050
Tel: +81-(0)3-5286-1829
Fax: +81-(0)3-5273-4398
E-mail: enpaku@list.waseda.jp


The Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum, Waseda University, Shinjuku City, Tokyo