Theatre in Conflict Zones

I have just been a speaker at one of the series of a seminar called Theatre in Conflict Zones, organized by International Theatre Institute (ITI, UNESCO).

We, living in Japan or other comparatively peaceful nations (which only means not-at-war on the native land), tend to forget there are many many countries and regions which are struggling in conflicts.

And what is happening there in arts?Are theatre alive?If so, what theatre has to do with the society and people’s life while they are struggling to eat and keep their lives on a thin thread?

Theatre in Conflict Zones is the project to dig into the reality of theatre there.

It has been a great experience and had a lot of fun also, knowing the people in the world.

You can watch the recorded Youtube Live-streaming .

https://youtu.be/WehxUBLOc1I

The seminar seazon started in February 2021, and you can watch all via ITI Italia Facebook Page.

https://www.facebook.com/InternationalTheatreInstituteItalia

Just take your time to think about people in conflict zones.

如月開始

如月になりました!
私の誕生日まであと1週間!!

今朝は寒いですね〜@東京

昨日は朝から晩まで演劇三昧

午前中は英語のお芝居を通じてコミュニケーションを身につける活動をしている、小学生から大学生に、シェイクスピアの『ロミオとジュリエット』のワークショップ。午後は、3月に上演する舞台のリハーサル。
いずれもZOOMで行っています。

え?3月に舞台を演るの?

そうなんです!演るんです!
シェイクスピア遊び語り第16弾『テンペスト大嵐』

ちゃちゃーーん。

毎年6月ごろに行っているシェイクスピア遊び語り公演、去年は全国の緊急事態宣言の真っ只中だったため、今年の3月に延期をして、その間、ずーっとしっかりリハーサルをしてきたのです。

3月の公演のために、昨日も、とっても良い稽古ができました!

でね、この3月公演なのですが、シェイクスピア遊び語りとして初の試み、映像とリアルの融合という全く新しい形態で行うのです!!

再びちゃちゃーーん。

さらに!

この1年間、しっかりリハーサルしてきたシェイクスピア遊び語りのおかげで、お伝えしたいことがたくさんできたので、なんと2月にも公演を行うのです。

おっと、それはちょっと多すぎるんじゃありませんか?

と、おもいますでしょ?

実は2月に行うのは、3月の前哨戦。ま、前座?
いえいえ、3月の本公演を、より楽しんでいただくための、第1部、という位置付けです。名付けて、

『何がすごいの?テンペスト!』

今日から3週間後(正確には昨日から3週間後)の2月21日、日曜日、夕方5時から、ライブ配信でお届けします。

素敵でしょう?

世界中のどこにいてもみられるんですよ。
ライブ配信ってワクワクします。

そりゃ生で一緒の空間にいたい、という思いもあります。が、空間という縛りを超えるのもいいですよね。
時を一緒に過ごせることにかわりはありませんもの。

ということで、2月21日、日曜日、夕方5時(日本時間)、ライブ配信で、『何がすごいの?テンペスト!』

お楽しみに!

【Live Interaction】
2月21日は『何がすごいの?テンペスト!』

Elica’s First Ever Theatre Piece

It was the days at Royal Holloway College, University of London.

I was an MA student at Theatre Department.

For the final MA project, I decided to direct a play named The Directions To Servants, by Shuji Terayama. (I already made the English translation as my BA project at Keio University, Japan).

I have found photos.

Music, Set design, Make-up and costume design also by Elica Miwa.
Of course, I had a set realizer and make-up and costume maker.
(Music was performed and recorded by myself)
They were fabulous!
Look at these photos!

The actors are undergraduate students.
How talented!
Terayama’s avant-garde, experimental, and brutal play was all poetic, out of order, out of norm, and difficult to get hold of through line of story.

But they understood and made it sooooo strikingly beautiful.

The theme was “grotesque” “human masks”.
So the characters’ movements often went grotesque and monster-ish.

Each shot shows their powerful eyes and energetic finger-tips.

These beautiful girls never mind showing distorted faces and body movements.
What great real actors!

The white lines you see on the set are white elastic strings which were attached to the floor from the ceiling. The characters often played with them as doors, as a hiding place, as a resting place, as a jail, and also used to show their emotions.

The production received a standing ovation.

With it, I could receive MA degree.

I wonder how they are all doing.
Beautiful memories.