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岡田利規

◯PROFILE

Toshiki Okada (writer/director) was born in Yokohama in 1973 and formed the theater company chelfitsch in 1997. Since then he has written and directed all of the company's productions, practicing a distinctive methodology for creating plays, and 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. Okada participated in Toyota Choreography Award 2005 with Air Conditioner (Cooler) (2005), garnering much attention. In September 2005, Okada won the Yokohama Cultural Award/Yokohama Award for Art and Cultural Encouragement. As the representative of his country, he took part in Stuecke'06 International Literature Project and 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). In February of 2007 his collection of novels The End of the Special Time We Were Allowed debuted and was awarded the Kenzaburo Oe Prize. As a director he has directed Beckett’s Cascando for the Tokyo International Arts Festival ~ Beckett Centennial Memorial Festival, and Kobo Abe’s salient work Friends at the Setagaya Public Theater. More recently he also directed a workshop production of Strangeness with local actors at the Itami Ai Hall in Hyogo prefecture, Ghost Youth created through collaboration with students of Obirin University, and wrote a new play called Three Women for director Naoto Takenaka, among other projects.
In recent years, he has widely drawn attention not only from the theater world and the contemporary dance scene, but also from those in fine arts and literature. He has been invited to numerous art centers, museums and festivals such as 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 Okada to adapt and direct Dea Loher’s TAETOWIERUNG. As his stories as well as plays have continued to be published in Japan, his works have been translated into many languages and published abroad. Moreover, he has provided scripts for other theater companies in Japan. In October 2009, his newest piece Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner, and the Farewell Speech was premiered in Berlin, in co-production with Hebbel Am Ufer (Berlin).

◯HISTORY

2009

5 / May
Direction - "TAETOWIERUNG"
(Text: Dea Loher, New National Theatre・Tokyo)

2008

12 / December
Publication (Play) - "Freetime" in French
(Publisher: 104 - CENTQUATRE)

11 / November
Playwright - "Three Women"
(Direction: Naoto Takenaka, Honda Theater・Tokyo etc)
Direction - "Friend"
(Text: Kobo Abe, the Setagaya Public Theater・Tokyo etc)

8 / August
Participated in "young theater project"
(Salzburg Festival・Salzburg)

4 / April
The Kenzaburo Oe Prize
("The End of the Special Time Given to Us")

2007

11 / November
Playwright & Direction - "Ghost Youth"
(Performers: Students of Obirin University, PRUNUS HALL・Kanagawa)
*commissioned work from Obirin University

10 / October
The Future Culture Prize Award of Kanagawa

3 / March
Playwright & Direction - Workshop & Performance "Strangess"
(the Itami Ai Hall・Hyogo)
Direction - Radio drama Works "Cascand"
(Text: Samuel Beckett, Nishisugamo Art Factory・Tokyo, the Tokyo International Arts Festival - Beckett Centennial Memorial Festival)

2 / February
Publication (Novel) - "The End of the Special Time Given to Us"
(Publisher: Shincho-sya)

2006-2007
The director of Komaba Agora Theater's Theater Festival, "Summit"
(Artistic director: Oriza Hirata)

2006
12 / December
Playwright & Direction - "Enjoy"
(New National Theater・Tokyo)

11 / November
Publication (Novel) - "Five Days in March"
(Publisher: Shincho-sya)

10 / October
Kanagawa Culture Award -Outstanding Youth Award

6 / June
Participated in “Muelheimer Theatertage NRW Stucke'06/International Literature project in the course of the Football World Cup 2006 (Germany)” as a representative of a young dramatist in Japan.

2005

6 / June
The Nomination of TOYOTA Choreography Award 2005 -Final Stage-
("Air Conditioner", the Setagaya Public Theater・Tokyo)

2 / February
The 49th annual Kishida Drama Award
("Five Days in March")