1971-74, a series
of activities begins with the catch phrase, gA commercial theatre in Midwinterh.
1975-77, a trilogy on themes of the Showa era (1926-89) is performed in all over
Japan. The plays are gAbe Sadafs
Dogsh, gKinema and the Phantomh,
and gThe murder of Blanqui in
Shanghai Springh. 1978,
Interaction begins with Indian, Philipino, and other Asian groups. A 10-year gAsian
theatreh plan with the catch phrase of gTheatre for the struggling massesh is
formulated. Two programs, the Red Cabaret and Red Classroom are launched.
Red Cabaret: This program creates works employing simple stage
settings and relying heavily on the expressive abilities of the actors as a
mobile theatre. They are designed for performance in everyday settings rather
than in theatres.
Red Classroom: This is a dramatic school. The main program, gHow to
do dramah has the goal not fostering actors, as normal dramatic school do, but
of providing participants with dramatic skills for use in everyday life.
1980, gSaiyukih, a set of
episodes from the Chinese tale gHis Yu Chih (Magic Monkey), is performed
using gthe actor as narratorh technique, which we developed through exchange
with Asian theatrical groups. In this year BTT members participate in a workshop
organized by the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA). The BTTfs
first overseas performance is staged in Manila.
actor as narrator: Using tales, poems, or other materials, actors rearrange them and turn
them into plays.1981, PETA and BTT organize the Asian
Theatre Forum for Asian contemporary theatre networks.
1982, the Red Cabaret performs Dario Fofs gTale of Tigerh around Japan and in Manila.
1983, the Asian Theatre Forum, a conference on peoplefs theatre with
participants from seven Southeast Asian countries, is held in Tokyo and several
1984-85, an adaptation on George Buchnerfs gWoyzeckh is staged in Tokyo and taken on a nationwide tent tour.
1986, The Titanic Project is initiated.
The Titanic Project (1986-89): A
series of works featuring the sinking of the Titanic, or gthe sinking of the 20th
centuryh, it is prepared with an original collective production method that
makes use of workshops.
In this year,
BTT organize the PETA performance gPANATA SA KALAYAANh in Tokyo,
1987, working with the composer and the painter, The BTT produces gUminari, Hanayoseh, with the theme of
the Korean gcomfort womanh used by the Japanese military. Around same time the
Red Cabaret performs gThe Second
Travels of Kenji Miyazawah in Vancouver, Seattle and Hong Kong in The Asian
Pacific Culture Festival.
1990, the BTT adopts the present name Black
Tent Theatre. gThe Three Penny
Operah, based on Brechtfs work of the same name, opens in the tent in Tokyo
and goes on a three-month nationwide tour. This is the first work in a Brecht
Brecht Renaissance (1990-93): a
series of works designed to present Brechtfs work in a free,
easy-to-understand, and humorous fashion. The plays are gThe Three Penny Operah, gHazama and
Sumi-chanh, based on Brechtfs Good
Woman of Setuan, and gUrban jungleh.
1991, gKeeping Gogo Waiting: Our
Three Wise Menh is staged at the BTT center. This is the first in a series
of experimental dramas for nontheatrical spaces.
1992, performances in the tent, which has grown too old for safe use, are
brought to a stop; activities are refocused on alternating production in
theatres and at the BTT center.
1993, an acting school is opened. gKafufs
Operah is staged at the BTT center. It is on the life and works of the
noted writer Kafu Nagai. Later the same play is taken on a tour in Japan in
such nontraditional venues as factories, Noh stages and open spaces.
1994, gAlternative Theatreh and gNetworkingh activities are started. gSilver-Ball Kingh is staged at the BTT center
as a work in the Asian Theatre series. It is based on Eugene OfNeillfs gThe Emperor Jonesh.
1995, gTekkon kincreteh is performed. Based on a popular comic-book series by
Taiyo Matsumoto, it features improvisation by the actors. A large group of
young actors, writers, and directors from outside the BTT collaborate in this
production. gWoyzeckh attends Avignon
gOffh Theatre Festival.
1996, gKAN-GANh, based on
the story of Singaporean writer, Kuo Pao Kun is performed. gWoyzeckh goes to Europe tour and attends
3 theatre festivals such as Avignon gOffh Festival. gKAN-GANh goes to nationwide tour.
1997, BTT and PETA collaborate on gRomeo
and Juliet: A Comedyh. Through the joint workshops
in the previous year, two companies adapt Shakespearefs Romeo and Juliet into a comedy. This work staged in Tokyo and
goes on a tour in Japan. And in 1998, it is performed in Manila also.
2000, the BTT organize Asian Art
Festival, under the main title, gWhen Petals Fall Like Snow-The world of
Kuo Pao Kun, playwrighth in Tokyo. We present three new productions of works by
the well-known Singaporean dramatist, each to be realized by Japanese, Indian
and Indonesian directors. The plays are gLao Jin-The Ninth
Bornh by Anuradha Kapur, India, gThe Silly Little Girl And Funny Old Treeh by Makoto Sato (BTT) and gThe Coffin Is Too Big For The Holeh by Putu Wijaya, Indonesia.
2001, gCroisadeh, written by
Michel Azama is staged with directing by Prosper Diss, the director of Theatre
du Sablier, France. This work attends Avignon gOffh Theatre Festival in the
2002, the BTT perform in the tent for the first time in the previous ten
years. gMother Courage in the Hideen Fortressh based on Brechtfs gMother Courage and Her
Childrenh is staged in
Tokyo and Osaka using a tent theatre.
2003, gLineageh is staged in India. This work is based on gInugamih written by Shuji Terayama.gAbsolute Airplane" is performed in the tent again in Tokyo. It is on
theme of the 9/11 World Trade Center Attack in 2001. BTT members visit Korea,
and have joint workshop with Nottle Theatre Company.
2004, gThe Three Penny Operah is
performed in tent in Tokyo. gLineageh goes for tour in Singapore and Korea.2005, the BTT moves its base to Shinjuku, in downtown Tokyo, and opens
theatre named Theatre Iwato. Since
then, all performances taken place in Tokyo are staged in this theatre. gLineageh is performed in Tokyo and
2006, two works of
Koltes, gQuay Westh and gThe gNight Just Before the Forestsh
are staged alternately. gDoh, based on Wahei Oderafs novel, is
staged in Tokyo and taken for a nationwide tour with more than 40 stops. gLineageh is staged in Moldova and
Tosca 2006h, based on Victorien
Sardoufs drama, is performed as the first work for the three years Tosca
Project. The next year, gLa Tosca
2007h@is staged in Tokyo. PETA and The Theatre Practice from Singapore join this
performance.And Tosca Project continues in gLa Tosca