Junnosuke Tada, APAF Director
APAF2020 will be held online under the theme “Anti-Body Experiment.”
In light of the current situation, many artists in the performing arts have already started to take action online, streaming footage of past performances or performing conversational theater works on Zoom. These efforts, coming from a love for this art form, have been captivating audiences through their screens. But this conversion of performing arts into online content is ultimately a simulated theater experience for riding out the present situation. We must instead transform online content into performing art, by creating work specially for the online platform or devising new ways of communication where the online environment itself sparks new discoveries. Having the intelligence and resilience to persevere until the spread of the coronavirus subsides is essential, but intelligence and resilience that come into play in keeping the performing arts alive in the current circumstances, is one of the “antibodies” that will be developed in our exposure to the coronavirus, an antibody against “not being able to gather.” Whatever the circumstances may be in October (when the presentations of the programs will be held), in Tokyo and across Asia, we will earnestly confront this reality of “not being able to gather” at APAF2020, as well as carefully consider the tragedies brought about by the pandemic, and the ruptures that it has exposed.
APAF2020: “Anti-Body Experiment” involves developing resistance, or “antibodies,” that allow us to engage in the performing arts even during future pandemics; it is also an experiment in transforming the online world, in other words the realm of the non-physical (anti-body), into performing art. The choice to hold APAF online is not pessimistic in the least. Through a combination of the strengths of online formats, which overcome distance to create connections, and the performing arts, which help us become aware of what is happening in the here and now, we will work towards creating a future post-coronavirus, where we can coexist with the virus.
The position of Communication Design Director has been introduced at APAF2020 in order to proactively engage with the issues that emerge at a site of international collaboration that brings together participants from diverse countries and cultures. The aim is to investigate and discuss the implications of different approaches to communication and dialogue, and set out appropriate guidelines.
Nobuko Aiso, Communication Design Director
Photo by Fuyumi Murata
Nobuko Aiso is a Tokyo-based Japanese-English interpreter and translator, active mainly in the fields of contemporary art and the performing arts. She is the Co-founder and Director of Art Translators Collective, an organization dedicated to translation and interpreting in the arts. Working closely with artists and arts practitioners, Aiso works to expand the possibilities of intercultural dialogue as a mediator and facilitator. She has spoken at events including the Asia TOPA 2017 storytelling gala Stories for the Dead. Aiso received her BA from Keio University and attended the Department of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies at the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She spent her formative years in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Harrogate (UK).
APAF2020 Staff Credits
Facilitators: JK Anicoche, Arsita Iswardhani, Riki Takeda
Program Coordinator: Haruka Kanbayashi
Young Farmers Camp
Facilitator: Yukio Shiba
Program Coordinator: Akiho Tani
Assistant Director: Yoshiki Fujioka, James Adrian Cifra
Program Coordinator: Ayumi Mito
Online Technical Director: Yuya Ito
Stage Manager: Stage Work URAK
APAF Communication Design Director: Nobuko Aiso
Art Translation（*Art Translators Collective）
Japanese-English Interpreters: Nobuko Aiso*, Hibiki Mizuno*, Tomoko Momiyama*, Kyle Yamada*
Japanese-English Translators: Nobuko Aiso*, Yasumasa Kawada*, Ben Cagan*, Miwa Monden
Art Translator Assistants: Yuki Harukawa*, Yume Morimoto, Mana Seike
Editor/Writer: Momoko Kawano
Designer: Shun Sasaki (AYOND)
Chief: Yuko Uematsu
Akiho Tani, Haruka Kanbayashi, Ayumi Miyo, Yoshiki Masuda
Tokyo Festival Executive Committee
APAF Department Manager: Satoko Ishitoya
Asian Performing Arts Farm 2020 (APAF2020)
Tuesday, October 20 – Sunday, October 25, 2020
Organizers: Tokyo Festival Executive Committee (Toshima City, Toshima Mirai Cultural Foundation, Festival/Tokyo Executive Committee, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture [Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre & Arts Council Tokyo])