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Award Ceremony

The Tokyo Festival World Competition is delighted to welcome Ms. Juliette Binoche as the Chairperson of the Jury and Ms. Mari Natsuki as the Vice-Chairperson of the Jury. It is a rare occasion that artists and critics at the forefront of the world will have an open jury meeting to review the participating works and the Award Ceremony will also be open to public. Talk sessions with the recommenders of the works will be organised too.
We hope you will join us!
※Free of charge and reservations are not required (audience will enter in order of arrival)

Date4 Nov, Mon 17:30-18:30
VenueTokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Playhouse



[Chairperson of the Jury]

Juliette Binoche (Actress | France)

[Vice-Chairperson of the Jury]

Mari Natsuki (Mari Natsuki Terroir (MNT) director | Japan)

[The Artists’ Jury]

Yang Jung-ung (Artistic Director, Yohangza Theatre CompanySeoul, South Korea)

Lemi Ponifasio (Theater Director / Choreographer / Stage Designer / Founder and director of MAU)Auckland, New Zealand

Thomas Ostermeier (Theater Director / Schaubühne Berlin Artistic DirectorBerlin, Germany)

Brett Bailey (Playwright / Theatre Director / Stage Designer, Third World BunfightSouth Africa)

Emily Johnson (Choreographer, Emily Johnson / CatalystManhahtaan / Mannahatta (Manhattan, NYC), Lenapehoking (U.S.A))"

[The Japanese-Speaking Critics’ Jury]

Lee Chonghwa (Professor of Political Philosophy, Politics of Culture and Postcolonial Studies in the Department of Political Science, Faculty of Law, Seikei University|From Jeju Island, South Korea / Based in Tokyo, Japan)

Adam Broinowski (Director / Theatre make / Performer, Lecturer in the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University|From Adelaide, Australia / Based in Canberra, Australia)

Tove Björk (Researcher of Kabuki, Associate Professor of Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Saitama University|From Pargas, Finland / Based in Tokyo)

Samuel Nfor (Theatre practitioner, Adjunct lecturer in Rikkyo University|From Bamenda, Cameroon / Based in Tokyo, Japan)

Cody Poulton (Researcher of Japanese theatre and literature, Professor of Pacific and Asian Studies, University of Victoria|From Toronto, Canada / Based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada)

Naoto Moriyama (Theatre Critic, Professor of Department of Performing Arts, Kyoto University of Art and Design|From Tokyo, Japan / Based in Kyoto, Japan)

Artists’ Jury Meeting / Japanese-Speaking Critics’ Jury Meeting

Artists who have presented new values in the performing arts in various regions of the world will select the "Outstanding Show", "Outstanding Performer" and "Outstanding Talent" awards. Experts from all over the world who have a deep knowledge of the performing arts and speak Japanese will select the "Critics' Choice Award.


●Artists’ Jury Meeting
Date: 4 Nov, Mon 10:00-15:00
Venue: Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Theatre West
Attendees: Juliette Binoche (Chairperson of the Jury), Mari Natsuki (Vice-Chairperson of the Jury), Artists' Jury
●Japanese-Speaking Critics’ Jury Meeting
Date: 4 Nov, Mon 10:00-15:00
Venue: Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Atelier West
Attendees: The Japanese-Speaking Critics’ Jury

Recommenders’ Presentation / Recommenders’ Talk

Recommenders who are active in the world and programme international performing arts festivals will talk about the reason of recommendation for the participating work at the "Recommenders' Presentation" and about their own activities as well as the current situation of performing arts in their respective region at the "Recommenders' Talk".

 Recommenders’ Presentation


29 Oct, Tue 14:00-16:00


Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Symphony Space


Seonghee Kim (Independent Curator / Producer, former artistic director of Asian Arts TheatreSouth Korea)

Stephen Armstrong (Creative Director of Asia TOPA, Arts Centre MelbourneAustralia)

Paul Rondin (Executive Director of the Festival d’Avignon | France)

Kira Claude Guingané (Administrative Director of Festival International de Théâtre et de Marionnettes de OuagadougouBurkina Faso)

Carmen Romero Quero (Executive Director, Festival Internacional Santiago a MilChile)

Yoshiji Yokoyama (Programmer of Tokyo Festival)


Recommenders’ Talk


30 Oct, Wed

16:00 Yoshiji Yokoyama
17:00 Seonghee Kim

31 Oct, Thu

15:30 Stephen Armstrong

16:30 Carmen Romero Quero

19:30 Paul Rondin


Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Atelier West