Jejak-Tabi Exchange (JTE) is an exchange platform created in 2018 by Akane Nakamura (Tokyo), Helly Minarti (Yogyakarta) and How Ngean Lim (Kuala Lumpur / Ballarat) to be an intimate platform for contemporary performing artists in Asia to share, exchange and explore critical ideas and practices in the framework of connecting two particular cities/contexts through a set of critical questions.

The inaugural edition of 2018 connected Yogyakarta (Indonesia) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), exploring the questions of tradition vis-a-vis modernity in contemporary dance and theater, shedding the light on similarities and differences, shared histories and divergences between the two contexts.

The 2020 edition aims to connect Roxas City (Visayas) and Naha City (Okinawa) by reviewing the colonial past that informs today’s struggle and activism as articulated in different modes of theater and performance. The Roxas City segment will involve an eclectic group of artists, activists, cultural researchers and scholars from different parts of Southeast Asia, Japan and the Philippines, particularly those from the Visayas region. We have carefully selected this group identified through their practices and researches that reflect the resonating concerns.

Our program interweaves a film screening, a two day symposium, a theater workshop for senior high and college teachers, a panel introducing theater scenes in Okinawa, a performance, and a closed discussion session, the latter to facilitate further discussions among selected invited artists, curators and producers.

Roxas City, Visayas, Philippines
Naha City, Okinawa, Japan
JANUARY 22 - 25 2020


City Tour

9:30 – 11:30 AM

Tour of Roxas City Heritage District

12:00 – 2:00 PM

Palina River Cruise and lunch

Film Screenings

6:30 – 7:00 PM
Mud Man (26 mins) by Chikako Yamashiro

Chikako Yamashiro’s Mud Man (2016) addresses issues of cultural identity,geopolitics and the persistence of historical memory. Through a video shot in Okinawa and Jeju Island, the work features a lyrical and enigmatic narrative of a community of people awakened to poems of their history, nature, and other similar communities. (Text from Singapore Art Museum)

7:00 – 7:30 PM
Pagkatapos ng Tigkiriwi (After the Dead Season)(24 mins) by Danielle Madrid

Pagkatapos ng Tigkiriwi (2018) is a story of three areas in Negros Occidental struggling to uphold their right to land and food security. Produced by the Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) and directed by Danielle Madrid, the film won the Cinemalaya 2018 Best Documentary and was nominated for best documentary in the Gawad Urian Awards. (Text from Defend Negros FB page)

Mud Man 2016 in cooperation with Aichi Triennial 2016 ©Chikako Yamashiro,Courtesy of Yumiko Chiba Associates
Pagkatapos ng Tigkiriwi movie poster courtesy of UMA


Symposium / Theater, Politics and Civil Movement in the Philippines
AVR, Colegio de la Purisima Concepcion, Arnaldo Boulevard Campus

10:00 – 12:00 PM

Session 1:Theater with a Cause

Speakers: Edwin Quinsayas, Karlo Mongaya, Ariane Carandang

Reactor: Rudy Reveche

Moderator: Lisa Ito

1:30 – 3:30 PM

Session 2:Unfolding Histories: Theater and Politics

Speakers: Alejandro Deoma, Ma. Cecilia Locsin-Nava

Reactor: Ma. Rosalie Zerrudo

Moderator: Marika Constantino

7:00 – 10:00 PM

Dinner hosted by Green Papaya Art Projects (Water District)

Escalante Massacre reenactment by Teatro Obrero photo courtesy of Ricalde Photographie


Symposium / Theater Movement in Southeast Asia and Japan
AVR, Colegio de la Purisima Concepcion, Arnaldo Boulevard Campus

10:00 – 12:00 PM

Session 1:Historical Review of PETA Influence in Southeast Asia

Speakers: Muhammad Abe, Alfian Sa’at

Moderator: Helly Minarti

1:30 – 3:30 PM

Session 2:Performing Community and Formulating Arts Practices

Speakers: Janet Pillai, Wichaya Artamat, Miku Sato

Moderator: Amy Lien

6:30 – 8:00 PM

Sa Digma ng Halimaw (Monster’s War) by SIKAD GRF Auditorium

Sa Digma ng Halimaw (Monster’s War) is a documentary theater about the war on drugs from the point of view of victims’families and others affected by it. Since taking office on June 30, 2016, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has carried out a“war on drugs”that has led to the deaths of over 20,000 Filipinos to date, mostly urban poor. Directed by Edwin Quinsayas of Sining Kadamay (SIKAD), an organization that advocates for the rights of the urban poor through art, Sa Digma ng Halimaw has been making the rounds of grassroots communities presented in public spaces and make-shift venues.

PETA’s Rajah Sulayman Theater in the 80s
Sa Digma ng Halimaw, photo courtesy of SIKAD



10:00 – 12:00 PM

Morfosis: Understanding the Theater Basics

Facilitator: MJ Apatan

GRF Training Center

This brief introduction to Theater for public school teachers is divided into two parts. The first part is a lecture on understanding what theater is, what separates it from other art forms, how to better appreciate and understand theatrical productions in various styles, and how it can function as a critical tool in shaping and changing the political, religious, and economic landscape of our society. The second part is a workshop where participants become familiar with the basic elements of theater, recognize the different types of stage arrangements and basic stage areas, and grasp theater concepts and terminologies.


2:00 – 3:30 PM

JTE 2020 Curators/Producers Meeting

GRF Conference Room


Closing Party

7:30 – 11:00 PM

Cocktails and Dinner (Espacio Verde)

MJ Apatan conducting a theater workshop, photo courtesy of MJ Apatan