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.

My First Memory

I love acting and singing.

But I didn’t want to sing in front of other people, for my self-image was that I was a bad singer.

I didn’t even want to learn from a teacher, being afraid that the teacher might think I was hopeless in singing.

But ten years ago, when I started my Playful Reading of Shakespeare Series in Japan, I had to put some songs for the show’s sake.

That was the time I finally decided to taking lessons from a singing teacher.

Ten years ago, my vocal range was very very very narrow.
I could only go up to Do, Re, Mi.
Fa was impossible.
I neither could keep the note for more than 1 second.
If I kept it longer than 2 seconds, then the voice got wabble.

In ten years time, thanks to the teacher’s effort, my vocal range gradually got wider, and I also started to be able to sustain a note.

My teacher then suggested me to hold a solo concert.

That’s a good idea.

I became confident and wanted to my people to listen to my singing.

I chose songs and started to practise.

But in September, two months before the show, I realised I hadn’t come any nearer to the level I wanted to reach.

I then grabbed my opera student whom I taught acting, and I directed her in my Cosi Fan Tutte production. I am a theatre director, you see?

She just graduated from Conservatorio di Musica “Giuseppe Verdi” di Milano, with full As and as The Most Outstanding and Prominent Singer.

She patiently listened to my singing, and gave me only one advice.

It was something that I had to throw away the main focal point of my ten years lessons.

I was brave enough and also trusted her enough to switch from old to new, and started to practise the new way.

Then, it’s truly a magic!

I could hit high notes very easily.
Chances of missing to hit a note decreased.
I could sustain the note much longer.
I could keep my breath longer.

I was quite surprised at only one skill made an incredibly huge change.

Me singing here is still a novice and weak and frail.

But this is my diamond.