Stage Beyond Borders

STAGE BEYOND BORDERS

–Selection of Japanese Performances –
Distribute outstanding stage performances online



Date: March 2021 –March 2023

*The release period of the works transmitted in this project will vary according to the work. Please confirm the period of transmission from special website.)


Platform:
https://www.youtube.com/user/thejapanfoundation


Language:
Japanese with English subtitles, Thai subtitle will be provided to some selected performances.



Since February 2021, the Japan Foundation has started “STAGE BEYOND BORDERS–Selection of Japanese Performances”, a project to distribute Japan’s outstanding stage performances. Since the commencement of the project, they have been watched in about 50 countries, with over 720,000 views, receiving high acclaim from viewers. The works distributed through this project span the three genres of contemporary theater, dance performance and traditional performing arts and can be viewed free of charge on the Japan Foundation’s official YouTube channel.  Exclusively for Thailand, the Japan Foundation, Bangkok, with support from BIPAM(Bangkok International Performing Arts Meeting), have provided Thai translation for 7 contemporary and dance performances. Additionally, the Japan Foundation, Bangkok has provided Thai translation for another 10 traditional works.

Enjoy a variety of contemporary theater and dance by some of the most innovative artists from Japan, recording in high quality as if watching from the front-row seat in the theatre. The list includes fascinating works such as NODA Hideki’s play, “Red Demon”, a theater produced by HIRATA Oriza, “Tokyo Notes” International version, and a performance by Contact Gonzo, “xapaxnannan:Ourfuturesports.” To relive and reexamine the passage of Japanese traditional art forms, the masters, well versed on different genres of traditional performances and folks, will share their valuable knowledge on the subjects. Japanese traditional performing arts are highly praised for their crafted skills which the quality inherits, passing on from generation to generation, representing the beliefs, reverence of the nature and lifestyles of prior generations. The list includes the demonstrations of “KABUKI”, a popular theater famous around the world with a history of 420 years, “Noh”, a masked music and dance drama with a beauty that transcends time, grew up alongside Noh, but unlike the very serious dance, “Kyogen” is comic that emphasizes dialogue and the human side of things, “Taiko drum”, and many more.

List of some recommended stage performance

Traditional art form

ArtistTitleSubtitles
YAMADA Fumihiko, BUNNO TakeakiGagaku: Beyond a Thousand Years(※)
https://bit.ly/394MKr1
English, French, Russian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, etc.
NAKAMURA ShidoKABUKI: the Legacy of Eccentric Spectacle (※)
https://bit.ly/3EQtRnM
English, French, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, etc.
YANAGIYA SankyoRakugo: Creating Worlds from Nothing(※)
https://bit.ly/3kin0K1
English, French, Russian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, etc.
FUJIWARA Dozan, FUJIMOTO Akiko, OKAMURA ShintaroSankyoku: Layered Resonance(※)
https://bit.ly/3Kjopuu
English, French, Russian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, etc.
MIYAGI Noho, NISHIE Kishun and othersRyukyu Buyo: Okinawan Soul(※)
https://bit.ly/37CM9g8
English, French, Russian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, etc.
INOUE Yachiyo V, INOUE YasukoKyomai: Classical Elegance(※)
https://bit.ly/38kKlbq
English, French, Russian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, etc.
Higashi Futakuchi Puppet TheaterTraditional Puppet Theater: Bound by Spirits(※)
https://bit.ly/3OFW0m2
English, French, Russian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, etc.
The Akan Ainu Industrial Arts AssociationTraditional Ainu Dance: Reviving Ancestral Memories(※)
https://bit.ly/3Lgx1TX
English, French, Russian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, etc.
FUTAGO ONIKENBAIFuryu Dances: Artistic Splendor and Eternal Bonds(※)
https://bit.ly/39hBQhU
English, French, Russian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, etc.
HAYASHI Eitetsu and othersTaiko: Rhythms that Transcend Time(※)
https://bit.ly/3kcrK43
English, French, Russian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, etc.
Take Kagura Preservation AssociationKagura: Deities Descending(※)
https://bit.ly/3Mu7UNH
English, French, Russian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, etc.
NOMURA Mansai“Kyogen: The Humor of Frailty & Tolerance”(※)
https://bit.ly/3xTElRQ
English, French, Russian, Spanish, Chinese, Indonesian

Contemporary/Dance

ArtistTitleSubtitles
SPAC-Shizuoka Performing Arts CenterAntigone
https://bit.ly/3K9wodG
English, French, Russian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, etc.
BaobabBaobab Re:born project vol.6 “Please! Laughing Frame”(※)
https://bit.ly/3Oznrh7
English, French, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Thai
KUJIRAI Kentaro and OKUYAMA BarabbasA HUM SAN SUI, Mountains and Rivers from Alpha to Omega(※)
https://bit.ly/3KeU28D
English, French, Russian, Thai
FUJIMOTO Akiko17th Fujimoto Akiko Concert
https://bit.ly/3kapJFl
English, French, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese
KURATA Midori and AMEYA NorimizuFive-Minute Walk from YouTube Hot Springs Station, Higashi Kujo, Shinjuku-ku, Mie Prefecture(※)
https://bit.ly/3KgUbrW
English, French, Russian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese, etc.
NISHIO Kaori/ Bird ParkTo the End, One by One on Solitude Hill
https://bit.ly/3K9HKOV
English, French, Russian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese
NEMOTO ShukoTo the Greatest Love
https://bit.ly/3LfZVDW
English, French, Russian, Korean, Thai, Japanese
Usagi StripeEveryone Should Just Die
https://bit.ly/3vLcbWe
English, French, Russian, Korean, Thai, Japanese
contact Gonzoxapaxnannan: Our future sports
https://bit.ly/3vfuQL1
English, French, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese
OiBokkeShiHappy Song
https://bit.ly/36RdFWM
English, French, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese
Seinendan International Theater Exchange Project 2019Tokyo Notes International version
https://bit.ly/3EK7SyI
English, French, Russian
Tokyo Theatre DōJōRed Demon by NODA Hideki
https://bit.ly/3kafv8f
English, French, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese
Choreography: TSUKAHARA Yuya / Performance: TERADA MisakoThree phases for a dancer to carry a bubble gum (preparation, transportation, removing)
https://bit.ly/3sp1TKA
English, French, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese
Musical “Touken Ranbu” Production CommitteeTouken Ranbu:The Musical “HIGEKIRI HIZAMARU DUO PERFORMANCE 2020 ~SOGA~”
https://bit.ly/3MZXvJW
English, French, Russian, Chinese, Spanish, Japanese
  • Performances marked with an asterisk (*) are new works produced for this project and are being made public for the first time.
  • Discover more videos, apart from the recommendation above, on the Japan Foundation’s YouTube Channel.

How to watch

  1. Simply follow the link to the Japan Foundation’s YouTube account here  and choose a video to play.
  2. Or you can directly follow the link, listed in the table above.
  3. At the bottom right of the screenplay, you will see the cog wheel button. Click it and the setting tab will appear.
  4. Choose a language for the subtitles in [cc]. Thai Subtitle will be provided to some selected videos.

About BIPAM

Beginning in 2016 as the Bangkok International Performing Arts Meeting, Southeast Asia’s performing arts gathering and exchange platform, BIPAM has grown to become a performing arts management service organization based in Bangkok. BIPAM was founded by an arts manager collective with a vision to become the gateway for the world to take a step deeper into the various contexts of Southeast Asia where rich diversity in performing arts is ever-thriving, connecting Southeast Asian performing arts professionals with the international performing arts scenes. Moreover, BIPAM works to enhance the competence of local professionals through BIPAM’s own initiatives, collaboration projects with local and international art organizations, and other arts management services.

Contact Information
The Japan Foundation, Bangkok
10th Fl. Serm-mit Tower, 159 Sukhumvit 21,
Bangkok 10110
Tel +66-2-260-8560~3  Fax +66-2-260-8565
Email: acdept@jfbkk.or.th

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