Our aim is to create and present theatrical and non theatrical projects that are vivid and engaging and resonant with audiences both international and domestic

The Five Year Project.

“Form follows function.”

-Louis Sullivan.

The aim of The Five Year Project is to research, rehearse and perform three productions for the theatre and another for film. This aims to be a sustained collaborative inquiry into a rather large range of ideas. CITA’s Five Year Project began with a special invitation to teach at the Iberoamericano Festival de Teatro in Bogota and Ibague cities in Colombia in April 2014. The choices of work need to be very different from each other so as to be able explore as much about the nature of theatre as is possible, the drive is to make something from the past live in the present, or to represent. And representing demands different things in different work. The Five Year Project will aim to share the performances in both domestic and international arenas. The Five Year project aims to collaborate with as many disciplines and cultures as possible. Within this process we will support and nurture the affirmation that not knowing is not a resignation, it’s an opening to amazement. Furthermore we wish to entertain a constant reimagining of the possibilities of what the theatre is and what it can be.

“I dont feel it’s at all healthy to just stay in one place and make work for your colleagues friends and those who will unequivocally support you. This does not enable and nurture artistic development on either individual or broader level. Therefore we need to go overseas and we need to share our experiences, and develop cultural dialogues as a reflection of our existence in this world while continuing to work hard to be an active part of it.”
-CITA Artistic Director James Sutherland

What we invite you to see on the following pages is a record of the work and questions currently engaging us since our establishment in Japan in 2013. What it is we are discovering, challenges we are facing and aspects of work we are using to overcome the challenges. Most importantly, how the work is changing and how we are changing in response.

“My understanding of the creative process is simply that all cultures and all concerns meet at a certain point, the human point in which everything is related to one another. That has been my creative experience. I never know who’s influencing me at any time."
-Wole Soyinka