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Yudai Kamisato

Director and Playwright, and the head of Okazaki Art Theatre.
Born in Peru in 1982, based in Tokyo and Kawasaki.
In his teens, he lived for a few years in the Republic of Paraguay and the United States of America.

In 2006, he became the youngest person ever to win the first prize in the TOGA Directors Competition for his staging of “Desire Caught by the Tail,” a farcical play with a script by Pablo Picasso, and he won the prize for the Kishida Kunio Drama Award in 2018 with “The Story of Descending the Long Slopes of Valparaíso” which had premiere in Kyoto Experiment 2017.

He made his debut as a novelist in 2013.
He stayed in Argentina, since October 2016 until August 2017 on an overseas research grant from Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs.
Over fiscal years 2011 – 2016, he served as a junior fellow of The Saison Foundation.

More recently, he has been creating works that derive from heightened interest in his own identity and reflect deep insights into problems confronting immigrants and workers, the relationship between the individual and national identity, and communication with contemporary others.

Okazaki Art Theatre

Founded in 2003 to stage the work of playwright and director Yudai Kamisato, Okazaki Art Theatre has evolved a unique output mixing the vibrant colors and linguistic sensibilities of South America with the artifice of Kawasaki’s planned communities.
It staged productions at Festival/Tokyo three years in a row from 2010 to 2012.
It also frequently tours overseas. “Hemispherical Red and Black” (2011) was presented at Taipei Arts Festival in 2012.
In 2016, “+51 Aviación San Borja” (2015) was presented at Sydney Festival in Australia, Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Belgium, and Festival d’Automne à Paris in France, and also in 2017 has a tour for some cities in Indonesia.
Also “+51 Aviación San Borja” has been presented as reading in New York City and Seoul by each language.

History

2003
Founded the Theatre company Okazaki Art Theatre for the purpose of staging works directed by Yudai Kamisato
2006
“Desire caught by the tail” (Toyama)
Awarded Best Director at the Toga directorsʼ competition
2007
“When Heavy Snows Begin to Fall” (14th BeSeTo Theatre Festival, Tokyo)
2008
“Three Siblings of Rhythm” (Tokyo)
2009
“Mr. Haircut”(Tokyo) *Nominated for the 54th Kishida Kunio Drama Award
2010
“Old Air-Conditioner”(Emerging Artists Program of Festival/Tokyo 2010, Tokyo)
2011
“There Is No City for Us” (Yokohama / Fringe program of Kyoto Experiment 2011, Kyoto)
“Hemispherical Red and Black” (Main Program of Festival/Tokyo 2011, Tokyo)
2012
“Antigone/Netorare-Sosuke” (Yokohama, Kumamoto)
Participated in “Working visit” (7th Berlin Biennale 2012, Germany)
“Hemispherical Red and Black” (14th Taipei Arts Festival, Taipei)
“The Absence of Neighbor Jimmy” (Main Program of Festival/Tokyo 2012, Tokyo)
2013
“black coffee (not for drink)”(Tokyo, Kyoto, Kumamoto, Kagoshima) *Nominated for the 58th Kishida Kunio Drama Award
Kamisato made his debut as a novelist. “A exile ball boy”(Publisher: Shinchosha)
2015
“+51 Aviación, San Borja” (Yokohama, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Kyoto, Tokyo, Sapporo, Sendai)
2016
“ISLA! ISLA! ISLA!” (Tokyo, Yokohama, Mie)
“+51 Aviacíon, San Borja” (Sydney, Yokohama, Kunstenfestivaldesarts / Brussel , Mie, Festival d’Automne / Paris)
2017
“+51 Aviación, San Borja” (Jakarta, Yogyakarta)
“The Story of Descending the Long Slopes of Valparaíso”(Main Program of Kyoto Experiment 2017, Kyoto)
*Won the 62th Kishida Kunio Drama Award