Our Common Futures
Plays and performances from Tokyo, Seoul, Bangkok and Singapore at the Theaterformen Festival 2016 in Braunschweig
The Theaterformen festival is one of the largest international theatre festivals in Germany. The festival in June 2016 hosted six artists from the East Asian metropolitan cities of Tokyo, Seoul, Bangkok and Singapore. In their works, the artists make reference to a diverse range of aesthetic traditions, whereby their artistic approaches are among the most critical and progressive in their respective regions. Their common theme was the growing acceleration in media, economy, politics and technology. In recent years, Tokyo, Bangkok, Seoul and Singapore have undergone rapid development. Phenomena such as overpopulation, extreme weather conditions, networking and isolation now impact everyday life and demonstrate what the future in Europe might look like.
The festival organisers had invited the Japanese theatre artist Toko Nikaido, whose works portray Japanese teenage culture as the battlefield of societal processes. The Singaporean artist Tzu Nyen Ho presented a stage installation titled “Ten Thousand Tigers”, a hallucinatory collection of miscellany about the Malay Peninsula, in which magic, complex technology, the mind and electricity combine. The festival was accompanied by a conference, organised in cooperation with the University of Hildesheim and the FU Berlin, as well as several master classes, a film programme and a joint exhibition with the Kunstverein Braunschweig.
Artistic director: Martine Dennewald
Artists: Ho Tzu Nyen (SG), Kyunsung Lee (KR), Creative VaQi (KR), Toko Nikaido / Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker (JP), Toshiki Okada / chelfitsch (JP), Minhee Park (KR), Thanapol Virulhakul / Democrazy Theatre (TH) and others
Niedersächsische Staatstheater Hannover GmbH