"Tokyo Notes" 2016

"Tokyo Notes" Digest

2016. Mar. at Kichijoji Theatre, Tokyo


Directed by Mikuni Yanaihara

Written by Oriza Hirata

Performers :
Taichi Ishimatsu, Miho Inatsugu, Izumi Kasagi, Hiroyuki Kadota,
Yuri Kawakami, Nozomi Kawata, Tatsuya Kawamura, Yuko Kumagaya,
Kazuya Sakai, Baku Shigeoka, Yozo Shimada, Yoko Tachikura,
Hideki Nagai, Seima Numata, Wakako Hashimoto, Kumi Hyodo,
Takahiro Hosoya, Yubie Mitsuse, Fumie Midorikawa, Miki Mori,
Takakuni Moriyama

Stage Manager : Koro Suzuki
Video Projection : Keisuke Takahashi
Lighting : Kaori Minami, LICHT-ER

The Kichijoji Theater and "Mikuniya Nai Hara Project" celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2015. This is also the 10th anniversary performance of both of them.

The theater created by choreographer Mikuni Yanaihara is characterized by very fast-paced speech and intense movement. This piece, however, is quite the opposite and has been rated as "quiet theater." Yanaihara took up the challenge of "Tokyo Notes," a major opus of Oriza Hirata and one of the most famous plays in the history of Japanese theater, first staged in 1994.
Yanaihara visited various cities in Asia for a period of six months in 2015 as Japan Cultural Envoy, and so had the opportunity to view the Tokyo where she lives from the outside. In "Tokyo Notes," we see both the Tokyo here before our eyes and the vision of Tokyo as viewed from some faraway country. Yanaihara makes a point of not delving into the meaning but instead explores it with physical expression. Her own body at present, those of the actors, and those of the audience looking on. The Tokyo beneath our feet, the people living there, the daily routine, commotion, cityscape, and countless words flying back and forth. Silence, isolation, disagreement, the different times lying ahead, and different places. The work allows us to grasp a Tokyo like shouting which cannot be put into words, right in the palm of the hand.

photo:Hideto Maezawa

Flyer design:Keisuke Takahashi, Naohisa Ishida

- Credit -

Presented by Mikuni Yanaihara Project
Produced by precog
Co-Produced by Kichijoji Theatre
Supported by Japan Arts Council
Special Thanks : SEINENDAN, Steep Slope Studio

photo:Kohide Nakajima

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