A New Intercultural Work for the 2020 Olympics

In 1940, the Tokyo Games failed, undone by a world at war. In 1964, the Tokyo Games prevailed, “for the good of humanity through all the ages.” In 2020, these two stories converge in Kevin Salfen’s Phoenix Fire, a new intercultural work written in honor of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Notice: The U.S. and Japan Premieres of Phoenix Fire have been postponed. We will update this page once a new date is selected. 

Coming October 2020
Luella Bennack Music Center, University of the Incarnate Word
Performed in English with English supertitles

Tickets: $25 (general admission) / $10 (special admission – students, military, seniors)

Post-Performance VIP reception: $25


About Phoenix Fire:

Phoenix Fire is about an imagined meeting between Kanô Jigorô, founder of judo, who tried to bring the Olympics to Japan in 1940, and Ichikawa Kon, who filmed the 1964 Olympics. The story is about choosing hope over despair and, in the spirit of the Olympics, about what is possible when we remember our shared humanity. Phoenix Fire represents a one-of-a-kind intercultural experience for audiences with the potential to broaden minds, cultivate empathy and help us see ourselves as part of a larger world.

Phoenix Fire is made possible in part through awards from the Japan Exposition Commemorative Fund; the Koehler Foundation, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee; the Tobin Theatre Arts Fund; the National Endowment of the Arts Art Works; the City of San Antonio; and the City of Kumamoto. Phoenix Fire is a co-production of Theatre Nohgaku and the University of the Incarnate Word with special support from Ryôgoku BEAR.