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Theatre and Disaster – Publication and Forum

  • Organization : International Association of Theatre Critics Japan
  • Section : None
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Theater


The earthquake has drastically changed our sensibility for art after 11. March 2011. Moreover there is a split of sensibility between people of the most affected areas in the north-eastern part of Japan called Tohoku, and the residents of Tokyo and its surrounding areas, which also shook violently but suffered only minimal damage. We are going to hold a forum and to publish a collection of essays to inquire how disasters can affect theatre as well as how theatre should react to an emergency like this.


【International Association of Theatre Critics Japan】
International Association of Theatre Critics Japan was founded in 1980 as the Japan arm of the International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC), an organization benefitting under statute B of Paris-based UNESCO. A total 59 print issues of its magazine “Theatre Arts” were published between 1994 and 2014, and an online version is also now available. As part of its commitment to fostering and promoting theater criticism, encouraging exchange in the field of theater and cultivating young critics, IATC Japan runs two commendation programs: the annual IATC Award for outstanding pieces of performance art criticism, and the Theater Arts Award for young critics.


Mariko Anazawa
Secretary General
International Association of Theatre Critics Japan
c/o Nihon University, College of Art, Theatre Course, Asahigaoka 2-42-1, Nerima-ku, Tokyo 176-8525


Za-Koenji Public Theatre (Suginami City, Tokyo)