EMERGING WITH A VISION
How artists experimented with complex online theatre formats during the last one and a half years
"Earser Field" by Toshiki Okada © Screenshot– A letter from Japan, by Tadashi Uchino –
Artists working in Japan completely stopped doing physical performances at the end of March 2020, although there was no legally mandatory banning of such events. Most of them moved very quickly to work together to ask the government to financially help them, in addition to the more universal aid package the government was preparing. For more talented artists, these self-imposed lockdowns were positively challenging periods to think deeper and work further.
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Tadashi Uchino is professor emeritus of the University of Tokyo, and currently is vice president of Gakushuin Women’s College in Tokyo. Uchino is a performance studies scholar and is a contributing editor for The Drama Review.
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