Toshiki Okada

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  • Playwright, Director, Novelist
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About the artist

Toshiki Okada was born in Yokohama in 1973. Since he formed the theater company chelfitsch in 1997, Okada has written and directed all of the company’s productions. As a result of putting into practice his distinctive methodology for creating plays, he 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. He participated in Toyota Choreography Award 2005 with Air Conditioner [Cooler] (2005). In September 2005, Okada won the Yokohama Cultural Award/Yokohama Award for Art and Cultural Encouragement. In December of the same year, he presented Enjoy at New National Theatre, Tokyo. He has also served as the director for the 2006-07 Summit, an annual drama festival hosted by the Komaba Agora Theater (General producer, Oriza Hirata). Okada’s border-crossing activities have widely drawn attention not only from the theater world and the contemporary dance scene, but also from artists and critics in fine arts and literature. In February of 2007, a collection of his novellas entitled The End of the Special Time We Were Allowed was published and awarded the Kenzaburo Oe Prize. As a director, Okada directed Samuel Beckett’s Cascando for the Tokyo International Arts Festival and Kobo Abe’s Friends at the Setagaya Public Theater. More recently, Okada directed a workshop production of Strangeness with local actors at the Itami Ai Hall in Hyogo prefecture. He also created Ghost Youth in collaboration with students at Obirin University in Tokyo. Moreover, he has been invited to 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 May 2009, New National Theater of Japan commissioned him to adapt and direct Dea Loher’s TAETOWIERUNG. In October 2009, his newest piece Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner, and the Farewell Speech premiered in Berlin, in co-production with Hebbel Am Ufer (Berlin). While his stories and plays continue to be published in Japan, his works have also been translated into many languages and published abroad.

Novel ”The End of the Special Time We Were Allowed” (Shincho-sha/2007)
    ”The End of the Special Time We Were Allowed” Pocket edition(Shincho-sha/2009)
Drama collection ”Five Days in March”(Hakusui-sha/2005)
Drama collection ”Enjoy・Our・Freetime”(Hakusui-sha/2010)
Drama (in French) “Freetime” (CENTQUATRE/ Nouvelles Editions Lignes/2008)

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