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The Sapporo International Art Festival 2014 is the city’s first international arts festival. The festival is held from July 19th - Sept 28th with exhibitions, activities, performances,and site-specific installations embedded in various historical buildings, parks, museums, and underground walkways throughout the city.

The festival’s theme, ‘City & Nature’, fits perfectly in Sapporo, a city surrounded by lush forests and mountains. Impossible not to feel the connection to nature despite being thoroughly modernized and Hokkaido Prefecture’s largest city, the festival brings that connection even closer not only by the work of the artists chosen, but many of the exhibitions are shown in public areas within the city. Common areas where one might walk to work, have lunch, or go shopping exhibit powerful, thought-provoking, as well as fun and engaging artworks and projects. In this way considering nature, community, lifestyle, and human role within nature is promoted in one's daily life.

"Sapporo is surrounded by abundant nature but was also modernized along with the rest of Japan - this is what makes the city unique. There were lifestyles, cultures, memories, and landscapes lost in the process of modernization.
After March 11th, reflecting on this past should serve as precious fodder for us to imagine a new civilization, robust and coexisting with nature.
Art recalls visions of the lost past and art conjures up the future as it ought to be.
I hope this art festival will sow a sense of awareness in audiences. These seeds will surely bear some fruit in the future."
Ryuichi Sakamoto
Guest Director, Sapporo International Art Festival 2014

Performances include:
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui + Damien Jalet's 'バベル BABEL(words)’
*showing at the Tokyo Orb Theater Friday, August 29 – Sunday, August 31, 2014
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Sapporo Geibunkan (Sapporo Art & Culture Hall)
2014.08.22 (FRI)

CHROMA - Shiro Takatani
Sapporo Education and Culture Hall
2014.07.26 (SAT)
2014.07.27 (SUN)

Blessing The Northern Land
A special dance performance combining traditional indigenous Ainu dance with Noh, classical Japanese dance performance.
Moerenuma Park
2014.07.22(TUE)

Exhibitions are shown at the following locations:

Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art
Sapporo Art Museum
Former Hokkaido Government Office Building
Former Sapporo Court of Appeals
Sapporo Ekimae-Dori Underground Walkway
Sapporo Odori 500-m Underground Walkway Gallery
Moerenuma Park

Some of the artists included in the festival:
A.P.I, Subodh Gupta, Naoya Hatakeyama, Byeong Sam Jeon, Anselm Kiefer, Tetsumi Kudo, Takashi Kuribayashi, Daito Manabe, Taiji Matsue, Soichiro Mihara, Aiko Miyanaga, Fujiko Nakaya, Carsten Nicolai, Shinro Ohtake, Masao Okabe, Jungsun Park, Tomás Saraceno, Shiro Takatani, Fuyuki Yamakawa and more

http://www.sapporo-internationalartfestival.jp/en/about-siaf-en


バベル BABEL(words)
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui + Damien Jalet
Friday, August 29 – Sunday, August 31, 2014
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Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui + Damien Jalet's 'バベル BABEL(words)' will be performed at
Tokyu Theater Orb Friday, August 29 – Sunday, August 31, 2014.

'Babel' debuted for the first time at the Sapporo International Arts Festival 2014,
Japan on 8/22. The performance features a multinational line-up of dancers & musicians
from more than 10 countries. 'Babel' is derived from the story of 'The Tower of Babel' in
the Old Testament and takes an insightful approach to consider issues of
ethnicity, language, boundaries, and more.

The unique choreography, music, and astonishing dance is unlike anything
previously attempted. Thought provoking, enlightening, and often hilarious
this incredible performance is an absolute must-see!

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See Sakamoto's message about 'Babel' and preview here:




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