Akira Takayama/ Port B

Compartment City—Kyoto

Port B’s masterpiece questioning the “real” of the city. A “Compartment” video installation appearing on the street of the old capital.

Akira Takayama has gained a lot of attention and expectation both from inside Japan and abroad, by reconstructing media excerpts, memories and scenery of real cities, etc., and making them into a new piece of work. Takayama’s most recent productions include 2007’s Tokyo/Olympic, which made use of Tokyo’s famous tourist bus “Hato”; and 2008’s Sunshine 62, in which groups of five participants revolved around the building Sunshine 60, in Ikebukuro. This time, Takayama presents an adaptation to present-day Kyoto of his renowned work Compartment City-Tokyo (2009); a work that can only be realized in this city. In ‘public’ places, where various individuals cross daily, Takayama presents an installation composed of compartment units, videos projected inside them, and a tour performance. Through a detailed research on the various borders that lurk in a city and interviews with the people that circulate around them, this is an attempt to present a new theatrical work that mixes private and public, fiction and reality.

Kyoto Station
Tokyo, Japan

Akira Takayama

Born in 1969. In 2002, he created the theatrical unit Port B. By means of exploiting the collaboration with artists from various other genres, Takayama aims at producing works that go beyond the limits of existing theater. Takayama’s works include a trilogy about the building Sunshine 60, considered a symbol of Japan’s post-war history: the stage work Clouds. Home., the tour performance Sunshine 62 and the installation work Wasteland. For Festival/Tokyo in the autumn of 2009, Takayama presented his controversial work Compartment City-Tokyo, an installation of prefabricated compartment units built at Ikebukuro Nishiguchi Park. Using the technique of reconstructing already existing media extracts, memories and sceneries within actual cities and societies, Takayama attempts at presenting the possibilities of contemporary theater yet to come. This work, widely presented in festivals and exhibitions in Japan as well as abroad, has raised considerable attention and expectations.

Direction, ConceptAkira Takayama
DramaturgeChiaki Soma
VideoMikihiro Endo, Takuya Murakawa
InterviewerAyari Ito, Nabi Ito, Mika Masuda, Nagara Wada
Stage DesignAkari Ezure
Stage ManagerNobuaki Oshika
TechnicalYasuhiro Fujiwara, Hiroto Takezaki
Project MemberKousuke Ashiya, Miyuki Kamoshima, Tomoki Kirita, Haruka Tomatsu
Production CoordinatorsYukako Ogura, Kano Kawanabe, Nagara Wada
Produced byPort B
Co-Produced byFestival/Tokyo
Supported byThe Saison Foundation
Co-Operated byKyoto Station Building
Presented byKyoto Experiment