The director and author Toshiki Okada was born in Yokohama in 1973. In 1997, he founded the theatre company Chelfitsch, which uses a severely reduced formal language to explore the cultural upheavals in Japan, a country informed by consumerism and economic constraints. He received the prestigious 49th Kishida Drama Award for “Five Days in March” in 2005 and, in the same year, the Kishida-Kunio-Prize for “Air Conditioner”. From 2006 to 2007, he was director of Summit, an annual theatre festival hosted by the Komaba Agora Theatre in Tokyo. Okada’s and Chelfitch’s productions have regularly toured to European festivals. Okada has also presented his works in various art centres and museums, and staged an adaptation of the novel “Pratthana – A Portrait of Possession” by Uthis Haemamool in Thailand. As an author, he not only writes his own plays, but also prose texts. His 2007 anthology “The End of the Special Time We Were Allowed” won the Kenzaburo Oe Award and was translated into German in 2012 under the title “Die Zeit, die uns bleibt”. Since 2015/16, Toshiki Okada has been directing regularly at Münchner Kammerspiele: Together with the company, he adapted his trilogy “Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner, and the Farewell Speech” and developed the new productions “Nō Theater” and “No Sex”. “Vacuum Cleaner” is his first work to be invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen.
As of March 2020