TAKAYAMA Akira (Port B)
Public Speech Project

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Takayama Akira is an artist who expands the possibilities of the theater medium and explores the ways in which it can engage society, on the basis of the question, “What is theater?” His urban projects underway in various cities around the world, including Tokyo and Frankfurt, break out of the traditional theatrical model and bring about subtle transformations in real society and in how people think.

Takayama will reinterpret public oratory through theater and performance theory in Nagoya for Aichi Triennale 2019. If public speeches were to take place today, where would they happen, and what form would they take? On the first day of the festival, Takayama will hold an admissions briefing session and open a performance school for four young participants. Together, they will study Aristotle’s Poetics and Rhetoric, and explore ways of performing texts from pre-war Pan-Asianists. In the final three days of the festival , the participants will give their respective performances in public spaces of their own choosing. How will these voices and bodies transform urban spaces in Nagoya?

Project Presentation

Dates
Thu, Aug 1, 19:00
Fri, Aug 2, 17:00
Duration
60 min (TBC)
Language
Japanese
Venue
Large Rehearsal Room, Aichi Prefectural Art Theater
Access
3 min. on foot from Sakae station (Higashiyama line or Meijo line).
Ticket prices
¥1,500
Note
No children under school age are permitted.

Video Exhibition

Dates
Tue, Aug 1, -Mon, Oct 14.
Language
Japanese and English
Venue
Migratory Corridor, 8F, Aichi Arts Center
Access
3 min. on foot from Sakae station (Higashiyama line or Meijo line)
Ticket prices
Free

Public SpeechDetails will be announced at a later date

Dates
Sat, Oct 12.
Sun, Oct 13.
Mon, Oct 14.
Duration
TBA
Language
Japanese
Venue
In Nagoya City (TBA)
Ticket prices
Free

TAKAYAMA Akira (Port B)

  • Born 1969 in Saitama, Japan
  • Based in Tokyo, Japan
  • Photo: Yasuyuki Emori

Takayama Akira formed the creative collective Port B in 2002. He produces a wide range of works and projects that include tour-style performances, video installations, social experiments, discussions, and sightseeing tours. Underlying all of his work is the question, “What is theater?,” which he explores by expanding the possibilities of the medium and the ways in which it can engage society. Drawing on theories of spectatorship, Takayama proposes a form of theater that serves as a device enabling creative and thought-provoking encounters with parts of the city and society that remain invisible. In 2013, he founded Port Urban Research Center, which applies theatrical methods to tourism, urban planning, social practices, and media development, among other activities.

Selected Works & Awards

2018
Our Songs – Sydney Kabuki Project, Biennale of Sydney 2018, Sydney, Australia
2017
McDonald’s Radio University, Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germeny
2014
Yokohama Commune, Yokohama Triennale 2014, Kanagawa, Japan
2014
Evakuieren, nachtkritik-Theatertreffen 2015, Germany
2013-
Tokyo Heterotopia, Festival/Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan