After-performance talk with Toshiki Okada
11 November 2011
After-performance talk with the director of Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner, and the Farewell Speech, Toshiki Okada.
Toshiki Okada was born in Yokohama in 1973 and formed the theatre company chelfitsch in 1997.
Since then he has written and directed all 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, and Air Conditioner, was a finalist at the Toyota Choreography Awards 2005. In February 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. In March 2008, he presented Freetime, a piece co-produced by KUNSTEN FESTIVAL DES ARTS (Brussels), Wiener Festwochen (Vienna), and Festival d’Automne (Paris).
In October 2009, Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner, and the Farewell Speech was premiered in Berlin, in co-production with Hebbel Am Ufer (Berlin) and it was performed in 13 cities inside and outside Japan. While his stories and plays continue to be published in Japan, his works have also been translated into many languages and published abroad.
Head of Theatre & Dance Departments of the Onassis Cultural Centre