Creators’ Cradle Circuit 2021:
Transnational Mobile Performing Arts Festival Loei & Tokyo
Paradigm Shifts and Rethinking the Multi-cultural Body
The spread of infectious diseases and the ongoing problems of modern society such as environmental destruction and inequality in the background, we will reconsider the body in a multicultural society brought about by globalization.
The “Creators’ Cradle Circuit (3Cs)” is a transnational mobile performing arts festival where emerging Asian performing artists travel and gather in Asian cities, crossing the borders of their areas of activity, to develop their works and experiment with new values and expressions in the performing arts.
After two years of research to realize the 3Cs, Karakoa and three project collaborators, together with six groups of eight artists from Southeast Asia, Japan and Taiwan, will hold the series of events and festival in Loei (Thailand) in July and Tokyo (Japan) in September.
Due to comply with the travel restrictions imposed by various countries as a measure to prevent the global spread of the new coronavirus disease, the 3Cs artists will remain in their home countries. Still, they will collaborate with a remote body of partners in Loei and Tokyo to present their work in a hybrid format that crosses online and real venues.
3Cs 2021 Tokyo: Mutation of Performing Arts
23rd September- 26th September 2021
This September’s “3Cs 2021 Tokyo: Mutation of Performing Arts” will be held as part of the BUoY Festival, organized the first edition this year by BUoY Art Center in Kitasenju, Tokyo, under the theme of “Art and Resistance”. With the spread of the new corona infection, the travel restriction is expanding. We focus on our world, which is acceleratingly divided into real and digital, and set the stage in those two different worlds. We aim to “reconnect” these two other worlds across countries, regions, and genres with collaborators in Tokyo using the performing arts methods. Although the overseas artists cannot come to Japan, each team will present their online video works via the internet, and at the same time, they will conduct joint research and creation with collaborators in Tokyo and hold theater, sound installations, or lecture performances at BUoY. Each artist will show the results of the projects they have been developing. Two post-performance discussions also will be held with Japanese critics to discuss the works with artists and audiences. All contents will be broadcast live.
The session will be conducted in Japanese and English at BUoY. (A part of the session is only in Japanese.) Check out the time table here.
All sessions will be broadcast live on Karakoa YouTube page available viewing free.
Kitasenju, Tokyo, where BUoY Arts Center Tokyo is located, has developed as a post town since the Edo period. Before the war, there was a brothel, and after the war, it became a red-light district. There were also many factories in the area, and Kitasenju was also a town of factory workers. Since 2000, the area around the station has been redeveloped, with large commercial facilities and universities being built, creating a neat streetscape, but right next to the station, there is a “bar alley” that retains the old streetscape. We straight down this alley and through a residential area to BUoY Arts Center Tokyo.
BUoY opened in 2017 as an art space in a renovated abandoned space. The first floor was once a bowling alley; the basement, a public bath. Nowadays it has become home to many young artists from a variety of artistic fields.
Partner Festival: BUoY Festival
A BUoY (/ˈbuːiː/) is a signpost that floats in the sea. As a reference point that does not sink even if submerged, it can also serve as a landmark for ships that have lost their way on the open water. This name declares our desire to guide and support young artists. It also represents our intention to disseminate art that is new, yet still immersed in the history of our home in Senjū: a land-ship floating between the Arakawa and Sumidagawa rivers. The idea that BUoY should be a place to encounter other values resonates with the tolerance of diversity that has flourished in this post town since the time of the samurai.
3Cs Tai Dan Intervention: Spiritual connection beyond the lockdown
26rd August – 31th August 2021
On July 9, 2021, the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration announced a national lockdown policy in Thai. The transnation mobile festival Creator’s Credle Circuit has been forced to divert itself from hybrid artistic exchange; online and onground, to online solely. With this challenge, 3Cs artists will present their artistic creations and their stories collaborating with local collaborators; artists, students, and senior citizens of Dan Sai, Loei Province Thailand, who are new to contemporary arts.
- 名取川 / NATORIGAWA / แม่น้ำลักนาม
26 August, 2021, 14:00-15:00(Thailand Time)
- An Experiment in Music Tele-Inheritance
27 August, 2021, 14:00-15:00(Thailand Time)
- Nyu Shu Movement
28 August, 2021, 13:30-14:30(Thailand Time)
- “Load?” The Dialogue
29 August, 2021, 14:00-16:00(Thailand Time)
- “Choreographing in the Cloud: Presence”
“Dan Sai Book”
29 August, 2021, 16:00-17:30(Thailand Time)
- Making of Stone is not Stone
29 August, 2021, 18:30-19:30(Thailand Time)
All sessions is conducted with Thai-English translation only.
Dan Sai District was founded around 1560 by Laotian and Thai kings, the town is located on the Man River. The stupa and Wat Phon Chai have been bound together as sacred places of Dansai since ancient times. The most renowned Phi Ta Khon festival is the combination of Shamanism, Buddhism, and local entertainment culture that align politically in harmony. It deeps down its roots into daily life of the people of Dai Sai. Derived from the unique history of the town, this area has their own cultures and beliefs in the way of living, cuisines, and ceremonies that differentiate it from other parts of Thailand.
Between 12th to 25th July 2021, co-hosting by Loei Art Fes 2021, the 6 teams of 3Cs pair up with 6 Thai artist collaborators to explore the Dan Sai district though online and make their own quests on how they can use resourceful intuitive art materials from locals that they found along the way to expand the potential of their artistic creations. And also how to contextualize their creation to communicate with local audiences who are unknown to contemporary art.
The Thai collaborators become the avatar or remote body of the 3Cs artists and also artists’ critical consulting mind to connect to the locals and also making the creative space in the real site with the artists.
Partner Festival: Loei Art Fes 2021 (LAF)
A Thai contemporary art festival celebrating Loei spirits. Experience over 30 pieces of multi-disciplinary art from Thailand and abroad exhibiting among public and private spaces in Dansai district of Loei province.