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Meet Russian theater co-produced by Japan and Vietnam in Izumi Ward, Yokohama

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A place where a play is born
File.8 "Uncle Vanya"
Koichi Imai (editing writer)

The concept of "Theater without Walls" is based on the concept of "Those who are involved in performing arts regardless of culture, ethnicity, nationality, affiliation, etc., build mutual understanding as a joint activity and aim to engage with society through drama." Center ”. Director Takashi Sugiyama, Hiroyuki Muneshige of theatrical company black tent, Chika Kato of the stage artist and Hemimi Choi of the actor are participating. As an international co-production project between the Theater Center Without Walls and the National Youth Theater of Vietnam, “Uncle Vanya”, which was co-produced for a three-year plan, will be staged at Theatre Fonte, Izumi Ward People's Cultural Center, Yokohama, under the direction of Sugiyama.
It is interesting to note that Izumi Ward was the area where the Vietnam Refugee Center used to be and where many Vietnamese Nisei and III live in Japan.

First, I would like to introduce Takashi Sugiyama.

Sugiyama learns from a professor at Paris-Conservatoire, France, who was an actor and also assisted Peter Brook. From 2008 to 2010, he was a training director at the Russian State Moscow Soviet Theater, where he studied directing under the Deputy Director of Art and Director Yuri Elyomin.
On the other hand, the Japanese company A La Plus was launched. After meeting Muneshige et al. And performing in Serbia, he formed a general incorporated association, Theatrical Theater without Walls, with a view to participating in overseas festivals and international co-production. So far, he has conducted theater workshops mainly in Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam.

`` In 2014, the Japan Foundation hosted a three-month period for performing arts professionals in Vietnam.There was a business to be invited to Japan. At that time, I was told that I would like to accept actors from the National Vietnam Youth Theater in a long-term actor development class workshop that I was hosting. It was only a day, but it was fun and eventually it was about a week. ''

In 2016, Chekhov's Kamome, directed by Sugiyama, was invited to the Vietnam International Theater Festival in Hanoi (and later to the Serbian, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Croatian International Theater Festivals). He reunited with members of the National Vietnam Youth Theater and held a workshop. He won the Best Film Award and Best Director Award at the Theater Festival. Such accumulation led to this "Uncle Vanya".

"I liked" Kamome "and decided to make a work with a three-year plan from 2017. In the first year, I shared research and workshops and shared each other's creative methods. Two years In my eyes, I stayed for about two and a half months to make works, toured in Vietnam in addition to Hanoi, and in the third year I decided to perform in Japan, so this year has come. "
Sugiyama's performance and production are based on the Russian Stanislav ski system. In fact, Russian actor education is also strongly influenced by Russia. He had a common language and common understanding, and it was very easy to work.

"In Vietnam, we are performing from Shakespeare to the works of modern playwrights, but we want to be more unique than other Asian countries.Has the idea that something must change. And it seems that Chekhov had not been performed in the past, despite the strong Russian influence in the play. No, I heard that they tried several times but did not succeed and did not come to the stage. One of their goals was to bring Chekhov's work back to modern times and to attract interest, including young customers. That's why I liked "Kamome" because of my style, composition, and efforts. In that sense, this project was important for contemporary theater in Vietnam. Because of the difficult history of Vietnam, Vietnamese people feel like vitality trying to survive while maintaining the brightness. But after all there is sorrow. I feel that leads to Chekhov's work. ''
Here is the outline of Uncle Vanya.

For a long time, the countryside house where Vanya, her mother Vojnitskaya, and her niece Sonja live with her nanny marina and the resident Terregin, have been living peacefully for a long time. Suddenly, Sonya's father, Celebrajakov, who retired from a university professor, and his later wife, Elena, arrive. The life of the mansion has changed completely, including the involvement of the physician Cerebrayakov's physician Astrof. The uncontrollable emotions of affection overlap, and each other's lives begin to heat and cross. Meanwhile, a serious announcement from Sebryakov was given to shake everyone.

"Stanislavsky is a sign of realistic realismThe elephant may be strong. But of course, my directing, while respecting the original as much as possible, is also modern in visuals, hearing and sensibility to deliver it to current customers, and features various expressions that make full use of metaphors. Uncle Vanya captures the story of people who have two different worldviews in search of true beauty and beauty of vanity. I wanted to express in every way that it was impossible for each other to understand, coexist or harmonize. Those seeking true beauty value the connection between the fundamental and primitive part of human beings: loving people and living together. On the other hand, those seeking the beauty of vanity come from the city, are self-centered, want to develop their status, fame, and technology, and forget that their lives are co-existing with others. ing. We worked with the actors on the basis of what kind of metaphor could be used to portray the differences between them, as much as possible, and to rely on the imagination of our customers. ''

When Chekhov's works are spoken, Vietnamese people tend to have the image of darkness, depression, and boredom. That is difficult for theater enthusiasts to accept, but the production of Sugiyama is passionate, dynamic and speedy. Uncle Vanya has been staged since 2018 as an official repertoire of the National Vietnam Youth Theater. In October, the Vietnamese International Theater Festival, which was attended by 21 works from eight countries from Hungary, Israel, India, Korea, China, Singapore, Greece, and Vietnam, won the Best Picture Award, Leading & Supporting Actor Award. News arrived.

"The award was an opportunity to further increase the hope that Japanese customers would enjoy it. I don't think it's very well known in the Japanese theater world about what performing arts in Vietnam is like. I hope that it will be an opportunity to deliver height and appeal, and in Japan, Vietnam is nowThere are so many people working and I'm glad if this performance could get them to look at them. ''

Japan-Vietnam Contemporary Theater Joint Project
"Uncle Vanya"
[Date and time] Tuesday, November 26, 2019 14:30 opening / 15: 00 start
[Venue] Izumi Ward Citizens' Culture Center, Yokohama
[Production] Anton P. Tiehof
[Translation] Kiyoshi Kansai
[Direction / Structure] Toshishi Sugiyama
[Art] Chika Kato
[Dramaturg, Planning] Hiroyuki Muneshige
Le Cain, Duc Que, Tyne Bin, Quin Dzong, Tu Quin, Von Tui, Tain Dzong, Tu Wine, Mine Hoang, Hemi Cai Takashi Matsuda, Kiyotaka Nishimura, Asaki Nakamura , Tung Ain
[Tickets (all seats reserved / tax included)] General ¥ 3,000 / Same day ¥ 3,500, Student / Foreign citizen ¥ 1,500
* No admission when preschool
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《Tour information》
[Date] November 22 (Fri)-24 (Sun), 2019
[Venue] Theater Tram (Setagaya-ku, Tokyo)

    Theatre Fonte is a ward culture center established in 1993 to create a unique culture rooted in the region.
    The central hall is a theater space that draws out all the performing arts and other performing arts.
    In the hall, there are galleries displaying works of art, lessons for dance and ballet,
    A rehearsal room where you can practice instrumental music and chorus and hold small presentations, a creative room suitable for the production of arts and crafts,
    A place to share the joy of creation in a wide range of genres.
    We hope that Teatre Fonte will become a hub for exchange and that various cultural activities will sprout, grow and develop.

    • Address
      Kanagawa Prefecture Yokohama City Izumi Ward Izumi Central South 5-4-13
    • Business Hour
      9: 00-22: 00 (reception is until 21:00)