IWAKI Kyoko

Residency Program

Exchange Residency Program
(Japanese Creators sent abroad)


IWAKI Kyoko

Participating ProjectExchange Residency Program
(Japanese Creators sent abroad)
Activity Based
Japan
City / Place stayed 
Berlin / Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien
Period2017.10 - 2017.12
Purpose of the residency

The main purpose of the residency lies in conducting a first-hand research on the emergent changes regarding how 'Others' are expressed in the West. The research mainly focuses on artworks in the realm of performing arts. Among various cities in Europe, Berlin is one of the most suitable cities to execute this research. The reason is threefold. First, it is an extremely multicultural and multiracial city among those European cities accepting mass amount of migrants. Second, theatres and festivals in Berlin tend to operate under a basic tenet that art should be an apparatus for giving voice to the socially vulnerable. And, third, there are many symposiums and media, which critically argue about those socially inclusive theatre events. Taking all this together, Berlin is the optimum city for conducting a socio-cultural fieldwork on 'Others' in the shifting Europe.

Plan during the residency

- Conducting interviews with theatre and festival directors, who have been keen on presenting artworks created by the 'Others in the West', such as refugees, people of colour, migrants from colonized countries and economically underprivileged people. The organizations include, HAU, Sophiensaele, Foreign Affairs Festival, etc.
- Attending theatre performances in Berlin and elsewhere in German-speaking countries (and other relevant international festivals), in which various forms of 'others' are presented on the stage.
- Together with Berlin Freie Universität International Research Centre, a symposium that gathers academics and artists dealing with the topic of 'Others' will be conducted. - Providing a lecture on Asian Contemporary Theatre from the perspective of Asian theatre professional, at Spielart Munich Festival's 3-day talk event focused on Post-colonialism.
- Reports will be written on journals and magazines such as New Theatre Quarterly (UK) and Shincho (Japan).

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