February 17, 2010

Meet Toshiki Okada 岡田 利規

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TOSHIKI-san (writer/director) was born in Yokohama in 1973 and formed the theater company chelfitsch in 1997. Since then he has written and directed all of the company’s productions, practicing a distinctive methodology for creating plays, and has come to be known for his use of hyper-colloquial Japanese and unique choreography.

In 2005, his play Five Days in March won the prestigious 49th Kishida Drama Award. In February of 2007 his collection of novels The End of the Special Time We Were Allowed debuted and was awarded the Kenzaburo Oe Prize.

In recent years, he has widely drawn attention not only from the theater world and the contemporary dance scene, but also from those in fine arts and literature. He has been invited to numerous art centers, museums and festivals such as Nam June Pike Art Center (Seoul), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), The National Museum of Art (Osaka) and Mori Museum of Art (Tokyo), and Yokohama Triennale. As his stories as well as plays have continued to be published in Japan, his works have been translated into many languages and published abroad.

In 2008, he presented Freetime, a piece co-produced by KUNSTENFESTIVALDESARTS (Brussels), Wiener Festwochen (Vienna), and Festival d’Automne (Paris). In October 2009, his newest piece Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner, and the Farewell Speech was premiered in Berlin, in co-production with Hebbel Am Ufer (Berlin).

Click here for “Workshop with Toshiki Okada at Japan Society”