Katia Arfara

Arts Manager(Greece)

Artistic Director Theater and Dance of Onassis Culture Center
Residency Period: from 6 June to 4 September 2016

■Research Outline

Research Theme The Home Project: Exploring precarious living conditions in Athens and Tokyo
Brief Description of the Research Katia Arfara researched to develop Akira Takayama’s piece with a theme of homeless which is presented in Athens in 2015. During her residency, she researched with Akira Takayama and met several Japanese playwrights, directors, curators and researchers to deepen her understanding in Japanese contemporary theater, dance and art.


6 June 2016 Arrives in Japan
7 June to 3 July 2016 Interviews artists and arts managers in Tokyo
Attends performances in contemporary theatre and contemporary dance, as well as contemporary art exhibitions
Visits Kyoto to interviews artists and arts managers
18 June 2016 Public talk at Goethe-Institut Tokyo
4 July 2016 Departs Japan

■Public Talk

Date 18 June 2016
Time 15:00-16:30
Place Goethe-Institut Tokyo
Title Spatial practices and social engagement in contemporary performing arts

Katia Arfara gave a presentation on the artistic, social, cultural and political effects of Fast Forward Festival in Athens, with a theme of publicness, participation and citizenship in site-specific art

Katia Arfara
Born in Greece

Katia Arfara received an MA in theatre studies from Athens University and a PhD in art history from Sorbonne University in Paris. She studied theater, dance and visual arts from 1960’s until today. Since 2010 she has been the theater and dance artistic director at the Onassis Cultural Center in Athens. She was a co-curator of X-Apartments Athens in 2015. She is the author of the book “Theatralites contemporaines. Entre les arts plastiques et les arts de la scene ” (2011).


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