Maybe 13 is an unlucky number? Contemporary theater's annual Festival/Tokyo is known for its focus on young artists and edgy productions, but for its 13th edition it has had to deal with the pandemic like many other events of its kind.

Speaking at a recent press conference to announce details of this year’s lineup, dramaturge Kaku Nagashima, the festival’s co-director, told reporters, “The influence of COVID-19 may continue for a few more years, and there could also be another new pandemic.

“Nonetheless, I didn’t want to take the simple course of canceling F/T 20. Instead, I wanted to find an alternative way to run it without problems.”