A new collective space, a new “commons,” in the city: welcome to Theater Commons Tokyo.
Catch a VR performance, plays, screenings, and more across the city at the eighth edition of Theater Commons Tokyo!

Theater Commons Tokyo is a project to create a collective space for society that harnesses the collective wisdom of theater. By using theater – that is, by applying theatrical ideas – in the context of everyday life and the urban space, it aims to propose a model for theater(s) to come. Theater Commons Tokyo and its artists use the imagination of theater to create experiences in which diverging elements and time periods intersect, and the ordinary is defamiliarized through dialogue and discovery.

Director's Note

To Our Shaking Worlds
Chiaki Soma

The ground is shaking.
It’s the energy of the earth; it’s the destructive energy of dropping bombs. And at every moment, somebody stands upon this ground, shaking. They are shaking from cold, shaking from hunger. They are shaking in anger, they are shaking in grief, they are shaking from all the indescribable feelings bottled up inside. Life itself is shaking.

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  • Theater Commons Tokyo ’24
  • Date: February 29th – March 12th, 2024
  • Venues: Various places in Tokyo
  • Organized by Theater Commons Tokyo Executive Committee
  • Taiwan Cultural Center, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan
  • Goethe-Institut Tokyo
  • Embassy of France in Japan / Institut français du Japon
  • Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Arts Commons Tokyo
  • Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2023, Arts Council Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
  • Co-operated by Miraikan - The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation
  • Venue support by Wacoal Art Center
  • Theater Commons Tokyo Executive Committee
  • Chairperson | Chiaki Soma (Representative Director, Arts Commons Tokyo)
  • Vice-chairman | WANG Shu-Fang (Director, Taiwan Cultural Center, Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan)
  • Member | Peter Anders (Director, Goethe-Institut Tokyo)
  • Member | Samson Sylvain (Attaché culturel, Embassy of France in Japan / Institut français du Japon)
  • Member | Bas Valckx (Deputy Head Public Diplomacy, Political, Cultural Affairs, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands)
  • Member | Natsuko Odate (Board Director, Arts Commons Tokyo)
  • Auditor | Yohei Suda (Lawyer)
  • Theater Commons Tokyo Staff
  • Executive Director | Chiaki Soma (Arts Commons Tokyo)
  • Production Manager and Coordinator | Satomi Shimizu (Arts Commons Tokyo)
  • Project Coordinators | Makiko Yamazato, Haruka Shibata, Yuko Taniguchi, Sachi Abe (Arts Commons Tokyo)
  • Project Advisor | Natsuko Odate (Arts Commons Tokyo)
  • Editors | Satoko Shibahara, Mai Hashiba, Rieko Suzuki (Arts Commons Tokyo)
  • PR | Sayaka Iwamoto (Arts Commons Tokyo)
  • Translation | Art Translators Collective
  • Art Direction / Design | Kensaku Kato (LABORATORIES)
  • Web Design | Kensaku Kato, Hiroki Ito (LABORATORIES)
  • Interns | Haruka Fujisaki, Naoya Yoshioka
  • Accounting Adviser | Yamauchi-Accounting-Office
  • Legal Adviser | Yohei Suda (Lawyer / Arts Commons Tokyo)
  • Theater Commons Tokyo '24 Technical Staff
  • Stage Manager | Lang Craighill
  • Lighting | Megumi Yamashita (RYU Inc.)
  • Sound | Takeshi Inarimori
  • Movie | Yuki Sato (Edith Grove)
  • Documentation Video and Photography | Shun Sato