Future of the Theatre

掲載日:2022年1月13日

Future of the Theatre

Knowing, Doing, Changing, Being and Dancing Project

General Direction: TADA Junnosuke (Director)

When we talk about an "inclusive society", we tend to think about how we can spend time with people who are not normal, who are especially different from everyone else, who are especially difficult to spend time with. For example, whether you have a physical impairment or not, we are all different, we will never be able to convey 100% of what we think to each other, and we need to be creative in order to live together. It is our instinct as animals to fight for our survival, but our survival strategy is to form a society together. We are still at the crossroads between accepting others as animals and building a diverse society as human beings. In the theatre division, we were planning to organise a series of workshops, ranging from "acting experiences" in which we experience ourselves and the others to get insights into ourselves and living together with different people to “Bon dance” in which we share the space and time together regardless of the differences and everybody can participate. Unfortunately, there was no audience and the event was filmed to be streamed, but we have produced a document of the workshop and a document of the ceremony based on the Bon dance motif. Though there is still no sign of the end of the Covid pandemic, I hope that this will be a bit of help to you to think about how we can live our lives.
TADA Junnosuke

MOVIE/CONTENTS

A document of symbiosis: knowing, doing and changing

● Living with ageing
“SUGAWARA Naoki: Ageing, Dementia and Theatre – Enjoy the here and now with people with dementia”

SUGAWARA Naoki 's "Ageing and Theatre Workshop" let us think of communication with people with dementia while offering fun through theatrical experiences. Participants take turns playing the roles of a person with dementia and a caregiver to simulate the communication of accepting the words and actions of a person with dementia without denying them, and the feelings of a person with dementia when their words and actions are denied. By actually using their bodies to perform, the lecturers and participants will share their insights and tips on dementia care. Through this workshop, we will think about aging and coexistence.

 

● Living with objects
“OHTSUKI Hiroko: It’s innovation! It’s cutting, sewing and joining to make clothes!”

OHTSUKI Hiroko runs workshops where she transforms waste materials into new and attractive objects. By collecting, sorting, rearranging and displaying waste materials from the community's industries and daily life, she transforms them into materials for the next stage of making. We will learn new charms of things and people, and search for clues to find diverse perspectives in an inclusive society by creating items to be worn with the waste materials and through the theatrical "transformation experience" of wearing them. Through the workshop, we will think about how we can live together with things.
 

● Living with yourself
” VIVIENNE SATO: Unnamed time, unnamed space, unnamed self”

As an artist, writer, unarchitect, drag queen and promotor he works across the genres. What is a headdress... Basically, wearing make-up or a headdress is not a different you or an extraordinary transformation. The act of putting on make-up or a headdress is the act of becoming more and more naked and returning to your true self. It is an act of reclaiming an important aspect of yourself that is usually hidden. It is a way of freeing oneself and reaffirming one's own latent sensitivity and philosophy. The headdress is a device that allows us to reconnect with ourselves and with the way we are. The headdress also serves as an antenna. It is also a way of receiving and transmitting information and events that we are not usually aware of, things that we pretend not to notice. Through VIVIENNE SATO's workshop, we will think about how we can live in harmony with ourselves.
 

A document of ceremony, being and dancing 

“Once Obon a Time”

With the motif of Bon dance, this is a ceremony for those who have died, for the things lost, and for those of us who are here now. The Bon dance is performed by the offerings on the Bon altar on behalf of those who cannot congregate at Bon.
Once upon a time
There might’ve been this obon?
A chance to dance with the gone
This is once obon a time
 

● Songs

Vaguely remembered Ondo (Lyrics by IIZUKA Unagi and Music by YAMAMICHI Yae)
Loose, whimsical Bon (Lyrics and Music by YAMAMICHI Yae)
Once Obon a Time (Lyrics by YAMAMICHI Yae and Music by IIZUKA Unagi)

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Living with ageing

“SUGAWARA Naoki: Ageing, Dementia and Theatre – Enjoy the here and now with people with dementia”

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Living with objects

“OHTSUKI Hiroko: It’s innovation! It’s cutting, sewing and joining to make clothes!”

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Living with yourself

“VIVIENNE SATO: Unnamed time, unnamed space, unnamed self”

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A document of ceremony, being and dancing

“Once Obon a Time”

 

Profile

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©Toru Hiraiwa

Theatre Division Direction
Director
TADA Junnosuke

Born in Kanagawa Prefecture, he is a director and is the leader of theatre/performance unit Tokyo Death Rock. From texts from all ages and cultures, including the classics, modern dramas, novels, poems etc. he exposes issues of the modern society. He’s also been involved in a lot of work with and done workshops for people without a stage performance background at school and culture facilities, and he’s collaborated with South Korea and South East Asian countries on a number of international projects. He won South Korea’s the 50th The Dong-A Theatre Award as the first foreigner to do so. He is Tokyo Festival Farm Director.

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撮影:草加和輝

A document of symbiosis: knowing, doing and changing Lecturer
Playwright/Stage director/Actor/Care worker
SUGAWARA Naoki

Born in 1983 in Tochigi. He is an actor in Seinendan. He has been working as a care worker at a nursing home for the elderly since 2010, and moved to Okayama Prefecture in 2012 after the Tohoku earthquake. In 2014, he founded "Theatre for the Aged" OiBokkeShi in Wake-cho, Okayama Prefecture, and has been running workshops on "Theatre for the Aged" throughout Japan, using theatrical techniques to care for people with dementia.

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A document of symbiosis: knowing, doing and changing Lecturer
Museum education planner
OHTSUKI Hiroko

CEO of IDEA Ltd. After working as a curator at an art museum, she established IDEA Ltd. and has been involved in the launch preparation and management of a number of public museums. She has been a producer of the Big Bang Children's Museum, a visiting researcher at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, and a visiting associate professor at the National Museum of Japanese History. In 2013, she opened IDEA R LAB in Tamashima, Kurashiki, where she experiments with creative reuse as a key concept in making things and innovating areas.

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PHOTO:ANJU杏珠

A document of symbiosis: knowing, doing and changing Lecturer
Artist/Drag queen/Unarchitect/Writer/Film critic
VIVIENNE SATO

An artist, writer, unarchitect, drag queen and promotor. He analyses with his own view across genres. In addition to producing and presenting his own work, he has also developed his own critique of film, theatre, cities and other art forms based on the keyword "contemporaneity". He is also a consultant for the revitalisation of various local communities and a tourism ambassador for Onomichi. He is a Sun Music affiliated talent and a visiting professor at Taisho University.

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撮影:福本 剛士

A document of ceremony, being and dancing
Planning/Choreography/Lyrics/Recording assistant/Performer
Youseidaizukan

IIZUKA Unagi(Script Writer/Lighting/Artist), NAGANO Yuriko (Director/Choreographer/Actor), and SUZUKI Hajime(Sound Artist/Video Artist)are a team of three graduates from Tama Art University who create stage and video works. Their works are composed of various elements such as dance, comedy and song. Their work is silly, yet a little sad and eccentric. They won the Outstanding New Artist Prize at Yokohama Dance Collection 2018, and their short film "Ammonite Night" has been released on YouTube every Saturday since May 2020.

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A document of ceremony, being and dancing Performer
Actor/Choreographer/Singer
MANO Ritsuko

She was a member of Tokyo Death Rock from 2010 to July 2021 and has been freelance since then. She has performed in many theatre and dance productions as well as theatre companies. She has also choreographed music videos, created dance pieces, participated in vocal performances, and made music.

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撮影:和久井幸一

A document of ceremony, being and dancing Performer
Director/Choreographer
YAMASHITA Megumi

Born in 1998, she graduated from the performing arts department of Saitama Prefectural Art High School. In addition to creating theatre and dance works, she is actively involved in outreach activities such as performances and workshops for children. Awarded the encouragement prize at Yokohama Dance Collection Competition II. Director of "Hitogoto”. She is a member of Seinendan's directing department.

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©石倉来輝

A document of ceremony, being and dancing Performer
Dancer/Choreographer/Actor
ABE Megumi

She studied classical ballet from a young age and graduated from Tama Art University in 2018 with a degree in Department of Scenography Design, Drama, and Dance. Currently working freelance, she has participated in the works of Ryohei Kondo, CHAiroiPLIN, Mamagoto, Kinoshita Kabuki, Yousei Daizukan, Yamamichi Yae Kikaku, Hashimoto Romance, etc. She has also worked as a back dancer for live performances, appeared in music videos, choreographed and designed flyers.

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A document of ceremony, being and dancing Performer
Choreographer/Dancer/Animal exercise performer (Animal Conchan)/Tokyo Heaven Artist
SAITO Con

As a dancer, Con has performed both nationally and internationally. As a choreographer, Con has created works based on the ecology of living creatures. As Animal Conchan, Con presides over animal exercise, where Con experiences the movements of living creatures, and is involved in live performances and street performances.

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photo by bozzo

A document of ceremony, being and dancing Performer
SUMI Reina

Born in 1992 in Toyama Prefecture, Japan. She studied contemporary dance and classical ballet at the Asako Wada Dance institute from an early age. In 2011, she entered J. F. Oberlin University, where she studied contemporary dance under Kuniko Kisanuki. She has worked with various groups including Mitsutake Kasai and Naoka Uemura, Mikiko Kawamura, Maki Morishita and others, and has also appeared in music videos and worked as a publicity artist and subject.

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A document of ceremony, being and dancing
Music composition and performance (Futozao Shamisen)
Composer/ Futozao shamisen player
YAMAMICHI Yae

She has been familiar with Kabuki and Bunraku since she was a child, and started playing the Gidayu shamisen at the age of six and the Hogaku-bayashi at the age of ten. She graduated from the Department of Musical Creativity and the Environment, Faculty of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts, and has been a member of Kinoshita Kabuki since 2018. She is a recipient of the Kuma Foundation's 3rd Creator Scholarship. She creates and performs performance works using Gidayu-bushi, Hogaku-bayashi, and contemporary dance based on Japanese classical works.

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A document of ceremony, being and dancing Music composition and performance (Musical accompaniment)
Traditional Japanese Musician
MOCHIZUKI Satasuke

Born in Tokyo in 1996. He started playing taiko drums in his childhood and studied hogaku-bayashi under MOCHIZUKI Sataro and nagauta under TO-ON AJIMI Jun. In 2019, he graduated from the Department of Traditional Japanese Music, Tokyo University of the Arts. He has won the Jokan Prize, the Ataka Prize, and the Acanthus Music Prize and in 2018, he was granted the name MOCHIZUKI Satasuke by the head of the Morishita School of the Mochizuki School. He has been active in dance and kabuki performances both in Japan and abroad, and has also performed in NHK’s Taiga Drama Series.

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A document of ceremony, being and dancing Music composition and performance (Musical accompaniment)
Traditional Japanese Musician
TOSHA Yukimaru

Graduated from the Department of Traditional Japanese Music at Tokyo University of the Arts. In 2018 he was granted the name of TOSHA Yukimaru by the 6th Iemoto Tosha Rosen. In addition to performing at the National Theatre and other theatres in Japan, he has also appeared in Kabuki and Nihon Buyo performances, and on NHK's "Nippon no Geino". He has also performed overseas in Korea and France, etc.

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A document of ceremony, being and dancing Music composition and performance (Bamboo flute)
Nohkan/Shinobue
MUKAEDA Yuka

From the age of 17, she studied the flute under NAKAGAWA Yoshio, a flutist of the Tosha school. She also studied the nagauta shamisen under Gojiro Kineya. She is currently a student at Tokyo University of the Arts, majoring in traditional Japanese music.

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A document of ceremony, being and dancing Music composition and performance (Singer)
Singer in a nagauta performance
NISHIGAKI Hidehiko

Born in 1998, he is the eldest son of NISHIGAKI Kazuhiko of TO-ON. His father taught him how to sing nagauta, and at the age of three he made his first appearance at the National Theatre. He studied nagauta under NISHIGAKI Kazuhiko and KINEYA Toshijiro, and studied shamisen under ITO Kyoko and TSUKAHARA Katsutoshi. He graduated from the Department of Traditional Japanese Music at Tokyo University of the Arts in 2020. While at university, he was awarded the Touonkai Prize. He is currently a postgraduate student at the same university.

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撮影:玉田伸太郎

A document of ceremony, being and dancing Scenography
Scenographer
SASAKI Ayami

Born in Kagoshima in 1983. In addition to the activities of the theatre company "FAI-FAI" , she participates in various projects as a stage designer, including theatre, dance, concerts and exhibitions. She likes to throw house parties, but now she refrains from holding them.

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©comuramai

A document of ceremony, being and dancing Costume
Actor
HARADA Tsumugi

Born 1993 in Fukushima Prefecture. Graduated from Nihon University College of Art, Department of Theatre, acting course. She has been a member of Tokyo Death Rock, led by TADA Junnosuke, since 2015, and Nuthmique, led by NUKATA Masashi, since 2019. She has been working mainly in theatrical productions while belonging to two different theatre companies.