Akira Takayama (Tokyo)


23.10. 7.00 pm - 8.00 pm

24.10. 2.00 pm - 8.00 pm

25.10. 2.00 pm - 8.00 pm

26.10. 4.00 pm - 8.00 pm

27.10. 4.00 pm - 8.00 pm

28.10. 4.00 pm - 8.00 pm

29.10. 4.00 pm - 8.00 pm

30.10. 4.00 pm - 8.00 pm

31.10. 2.00 pm - 8.00 pm

01.11. 2.00 pm - 8.00 pm

02.11. 4.00 pm - 8.00 pm



Entrance € 0 | Reduced € 0


Entrance is possible at all times during the opening hours


opening of the installation 23.10 at 7 p.m.

No language skills required

This is a performance of a miniature, The Messianic Banquet of the Righteous on the Last Day, which appears in a thirteenth-century Hebrew Bible. Or rather, it is a rehearsal, a probe, for a performance. The cast is the cows from Farm of Hope, a ranch located around 14 kilometers from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. People are forbidden from living or raising livestock in the area. After the nuclear power plant accident, many cattle were left behind and starved to death. Those that survived were almost all later culled. However, the owner of the ranch continues to live on his land, which he renamed »Farm of Hope«. Today, he raises 330 cows on the ranch, though they cannot be sold as meat because of the radiation in the area. The performance is a serene banquet with the cows, inspired by the actual meaning of Fukushima's name: happy island.


Concept and direction Akira Takayama Camera Masahiro Ugajin Sound Ryota Fujiguchi Technical advice HIGURE 17-15 cas Sound advice Ken Inarimori Dramaturgy Chiaki Soma Translation Tatsuki Hayashi Graphic design Hironori Oooka und Kei Uchida (Hironori Oooka Office) Coordination Fumiko Toda


Born in 1969, Akira Takayama founded Port B in 2002. Takayama develops projects that take theatre outside its existing frameworks and connects collaboratively with other media. He works to update the »architecture of theatre« by expanding the conventions of theatre and the audience in society and the urban space. His audience-centered work is an attempt to create a theatre beyond the physical theatre space as a new social platform and function. In recent years he has been interacting with a wide range of fields, including tourism, urban planning, art, literature and photography, using theatrical ideas to cultivate new possibilities across a variety of media and genre.


Production and realization
Production Port B. Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2015, PAJ for Europe. Special contribution: Farm of Hope (Namie-cho, Fukushima). Special thanks:  Eishi Katsura Research Laboratory. Work realised within the framework of the exhibition at LE FORUM thanks to the support of the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès.