—Cross-Border Online Distribution of Outstanding Japanese Stage Performances

From February 2021, the Japan Foundation (JF) has started the project “STAGE BEYOND BORDERS—Selection of Japanese Performances,” which presents outstanding Japanese stage performances online for people throughout the world who are seeking opportunities to enjoy Japanese stage performances amid the spread of COVID-19.

More than a year has passed since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, theater festivals worldwide have been canceled, artists have lost their performing venues and people can no longer visit theaters like in the past. At the same time, however, an increase in virtual interactions via the Internet has also created more opportunities for sharing moving experiences and excitement in real time with people in distant locations. Performing arts is one of the earliest forms of entertainment that through strangers and various environments stirs the imagination about ongoing stories and provides hopes and hints about the real world. The Japan Foundation’s online project “STAGE BEYOND BORDERS—Selection of Japanese Performances” is expected to encourage hope for all people who enjoy performing arts by presenting outstanding Japanese stage performances beyond borders in multiple languages.
The Japan Foundation hopes to cultivate new fan bases for performing arts and also approach theater professionals in order to hold performances at overseas theaters once interactions among people are allowed to resume.

The works distributed through this project span the three genres of contemporary theater, dance performance and traditional performing arts. These performances have multilingual subtitles in around five languages and can be viewed free of charge on the Japan Foundation’s official YouTube channel. In addition, new limited release performances exclusively for this project will also be available for viewing.

(c)Y. INOKUMA, (c) KAWASHIMA Hiroyuki, (c)TAMURA Katsuya

STAGE BEYOND BORDERS Selection of Japanese Performances

Project schedule
Release date Artist Title Subtitles
February 12 SPAC-Shizuoka Performing Arts Center “Grimm’s Fairy Tale - The Girl, the Devil and the Mill”(*) English, French,
Russian, Spanish,
Korean, Portuguese
February 19 UMEDA Hiroaki "Median"  
February 26 WATANABE Hisashi "Ojami-hyon series Episode 1 Ojami-hyon"  
"Ojami-hyon series Episode 2 Ojami-RUN"  
"Ojami-hyon series Episode 3 Ojami-nchu"  
March 5 TANINO Kuro “Fortress of Smiles" English, French,
Russian, Chinese,
March 12 OKADA Toshiki "Five Days in March Re-creation in Yokohama" English, French,
Russian, Chinese,
German, Portuguese
March 19 IWAI Hideto “WAREWARE NO MOROMORO (Our Stories...)” English, Russian,
Korean, Chinese,
March 26 ICHIHARA Satoko "The Question of Faeries" English, French,
Russian, Spanish,
Korean, Portuguese
April 2 Dumb Type "2020" English,
May 7 SPAC-Shizuoka Performing Arts Center “Grimm’s Fairy Tale - The Real Fiancée”(*) English,
June 4 "Exploring Japanese Traditional Theater"(*) English, French,
Russian, Spanish,
Chinese, Indonesian
June 11 KATAYAMA Kurouemon Noh(*) English, French,
Russian, Spanish,
Chinese, Indonesian
June 18 NOMURA Mansai Kyogen(*) English, French,
Russian, Spanish,
Chinese, Indonesian
June 25 TAKEMOTO Oritayu, TSURUZAWA Seisuke, KIRITAKE Kanjuro Bunraku(*) English, French,
Russian, Spanish,
Chinese, Indonesian
July 2 TBC Kabuki(*) English, French,
Russian, Spanish,
Chinese, Indonesian
September 17 Dairakudakan "Dream Cambrian"(*)  
URL of the venue:
The Japan Foundation official YouTube channel
The Japan Foundation (JF)


  1. 1) Please note that the plan above is as of March 2021. The schedule, artists and language of subtitles might be changed depending on the situation.
  2. 2) The performances marked with an asterisk are new creations for this project.
  3. 3) Dance performances without dialogue have no subtitles. Both Simplified and Traditional Chinese subtitles will be available. Subtitles of languages other than English may be uploaded later than the release date due to the production situation.
  4. 4) The performances distributed by this project will be available until the end of March 2022. However, some performances may change their viewing period. Please check our web page, which will be released in March 2021, to find out more information including the viewing period for each performance.

[Contact Us]

Shinohara (Ms.), Shin (Ms.), Tamura (Mr.),
Performing art section, Arts and Culture Dept., The Japan Foundation
Tel: +81-(0)3-5369-6063
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