TAKAYAMA Akira (Port B)

  • Born 1969 in Saitama, Japan
  • Based in Tokyo, Japan
  • Photo: Yasuyuki Emori

Takayama Akira formed the creative collective Port B in 2002. He produces a wide range of works and projects that include tour-style performances, video installations, social experiments, discussions, and sightseeing tours. Underlying all of his work is the question, “What is theater?,” which he explores by expanding the possibilities of the medium and the ways in which it can engage society. Drawing on theories of spectatorship, Takayama proposes a form of theater that serves as a device enabling creative and thought-provoking encounters with parts of the city and society that remain invisible. In 2013, he founded Port Urban Research Center, which applies theatrical methods to tourism, urban planning, social practices, and media development, among other activities.

Selected Works & Awards

Our Songs – Sydney Kabuki Project, Biennale of Sydney 2018, Sydney, Australia
McDonald’s Radio University, Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germeny
Yokohama Commune, Yokohama Triennale 2014, Kanagawa, Japan
Evakuieren, nachtkritik-Theatertreffen 2015, Germany
Tokyo Heterotopia, Festival/Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
  • Wargner Project, The Master-Singers of Nuremberg, 2017, KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theatre, Kanagawa, Japan
  • Photo: Naoya Hatakeyama