History of Modern & Contemporary Japanese Theatre

1924: Tsukiji Shogekijō founded

1928: Waseda University Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum (Enpaku) opens

1955: Kishida Kunio Drama Award established

1967: Shūji Terayama’s Tenjō Sajiki founded

1969: Concerned Theatre Japan first published; Jūrō Kara arrested for staging a performance in a park in Shinjuku

1973: Seibu Theater opens (now known as Parco Theatre)

1978: Kō Murobushi stages Butoh in Paris, launching international recognition for the dance movement

1981: Kazuo Honda opens The Suzunari in Shimokitazawa, Tokyo, leading to the flowering of fringe theatres in the district

1982: Toga Festival first held

1983: Death of Shūji Terayama

1985: Spiral Wacoal Art Center opens

1987: Saison Foundation established

1988: Tokyo International Festival of Performing Arts first held in Ikebukuro (later Tokyo International Arts Festival)

1989: Bunkamura opens in Shibuya

1990: Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre opens (then called Tokyo Metropolitan Art Space)

1994: Saitama Arts Theater opens

1995: Tokyo Performing Arts Market (TPAM) launched

1997: Shizuoka Performing Arts Center (SPAC) opens; New National Theatre, Tokyo opens; Setagaya Public Theatre opens

2002: Dance Biennale Tokyo launched

2009: Festival/Tokyo launched, replacing Tokyo International Arts Festival; Za-Koenji Public Theatre opens

2010: Kyoto Experiment launched

2011: Kanagawa Arts Theatre (KAAT) opens in Yokohama; Tokyo Performing Arts Market (TPAM) relocates to Yokohama

2012: Motoi Miura (Chiten) and Yukio Ninagawa invited to present productions at the World Shakespeare Festival in London

2014: Kinosaki International Arts Center opens in Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture

2016: ROHM Theatre Kyoto opens; Asahi Art Square closes; Parco Theatre closes

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