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Theater and dance
2018.11.14

All Kawasaki Project “Kawasaki Romeo & Juliet”

A scene where a play is born
File.2 Kawasaki Romeo & Juliet
Koichi Imai (Editor Writer)

One of the dreams of the theater company "Kawasaki Alice" based in Kawasaki City is a formidable overseas expansion. The theater group of young people these days is good to hear that you know your height, but it is a bit lonely not to say that.

As the leader of the theater company, Ash, in his 20s, worked as a musical actress in an American tour company.

"It's natural for me to work in the United States, but the words are in English. Someday," Why are you playing in English? " I came back to Japan after 2 years of quest, and I heard that Tokyo Kodai would create a course to learn theater, and I thought it was "this is it!" I'm getting into it, not as an actor, but to learn the direction. "

While meeting various theater people, there was Miyagi clan headed by Ku Nauka Theater Company. Speaking of Ku Nauka, a theater company that developed its own activities in a style in which two acting actors and one talking actor perform one role. However, what attracted Ash was that it was not on the performance style but on the stage of putting Japanese on music.
The music that is full of our everyday life is Western rhythms such as rock and pop music. However, Ku Nauka had words in a rhythm that was pleasing to the Japanese. I was also attracted by the energetic performance of overseas performances. I was invited and joined Ku Nauka as a production department, and worked for a long time under Miyagi.
Then, he became independent when Miyagi became a general director of SPAC (Shizuoka Art Theater) as a general director. ThatIt is strange that the connection with Kawasaki City is born from this.
Get a job to teach theater from high school, make a stay at a company in Indonesia related to Miyagi, and become an acquaintance with the president of a design office. Theatrical activity is started in the entangled multiple borders.

In fact, many of the members of "Kawasaki Alice" went to various courses and once said, "I want to do a play in Kawasaki after all," once the former students gathered. Rekoba also offers a design office. Then I started to take root in Kawasaki city.
* "Run Meros" at Kamakura and Engakuji

"Miyagi's relationship also joined the theater group of Mr. Tadashi Suzuki in Toga village. It was a shocking and interesting experience that overturned the concept of theater in me, but in particular, it was in close contact with the community. I was surprised that I was working in a relationship and having a social impact while I was in the theater. "I like to do things again"
* From Toga "Blue Bird"

The name "Alice" is added to the theater group name because it aims to be a play that can be drawn into Wonderland and taken away from the unreal world. 8 years from the flagship. In 2017, Ash himself won the Outstanding Director Award at the Toga Drama ContestThe

In December 2018, sponsored by Kawasaki City, the production performance "Kawasaki Romeo & Juliet" to commemorate the 12th anniversary of Lazona Kawasaki Plaza Sol opening, two versions of the red (Nerku) and Hanada pairs. I work on it.

"I was able to come to a new step as a theater company, and I never wanted to end with one of the region's theater companies, and it was my dream originally to put out works in the world. It was a pleasure, but I was happy to be able to hear about the production show. ”

* Weak actors staged with high school students at Plaza Sol

Plaza Sol is a small theater in a shopping center in front of Kawasaki Station. The connection was born by performing theater with high school students here.
"Romeo and Juliet" is Shakespeare's masterpiece depicting the love of two young men in conflict, Romeo and Juliet, over a short life. It is said that it will be adapted to a story set in the Kawasaki-like town about 200 years later, and it will be turned into a live music play.

"If you say '' Romijuri of the future ', it will be the image of science fiction, but I'm always making it on the assumption that“ this work will happen in 7 generations ahead. ” It may be alive in the future, though it may be in the more advanced world of innovation, but I think that the basic activities of human beings will not change, even if society and the environment change. “Romi Juri” is supposed to be played, but I set it up after 220 years, but everyone is talking about “What will happen to Kawasaki at that time?” I hope that it will be a good opportunity to cultivate theatrical theater people and to foster the culture of Kawasaki. "

Conduct a major audition this summer. Members gathered are divided into two groups The group (not) is likely to be a work that has deepened the drama of "Romijri" to the artistic performance taste that Ash aims for, and the group (は).

* "Romeo and Juliet" production announcement

Nowadays, it is becoming a global trend to capture conflicts. Although there is a microcosm of that in Kawasaki, Ash feels that it has a lively and powerful city, including these negative aspects. How is this story received?

"I feel that everything in the world is more or less confrontational structure. In the first place, human beings create conflict in every place. Some things are born, such as art, and I think "Romeo and Juliet" will be a story that can be shared with Kawasaki people living in conflict and mixed culture. "

Ash has not written the end of the script. It is because it is a thing that young actors lead out by accumulating practice in Kawasaki. Naturally, the two sets of endings will be different.

"I think that there is pros and cons to adapting the classics. I think that it is okay to think of" enriching life "using the universal property of" Romeo and Juliet ". From translation, it is not simply replacing the story set in Kawasaki, but aiming to make it their own story, and people living in Kawasaki may be able to laugh and laugh. The customers who saw this play are tragic, but it would be nice if they could find some hope in it. "

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* "Romi Juri" Promotion @ Kosugi Festa

And the members who support the play are local and Kawasaki friends, as Ash says, "The production staff aimed at all Kawasaki." Because theater is a live art, no matter how interesting it is created, you can only share emotions with the people at that time. We focused on the visual aspect to disseminate information in advance, only because that one time is the attraction of theater. The local creative team "Nokuchi base" was supported. The name is derived from "Mizoguchi".

"Even if we want to put emphasis on flyers, our budget does not go so far. A representative of Nokchi base says" Let's get our gallery through crowdfunding "this time Well. I will do my best to be such a work that everyone in Kawasaki can respond to.

«Lazona Kawasaki Plaza Sol Opening 12th Anniversary Commemoration
"Kawasaki Romeo & Juliet"

■ Date and time: December 6, 2018 (Thu) to 11 (Tuesday)
Venue: Lazona Kawasaki Plaza Sol
■ Work: W. Shakespeare
■ Translation, adaptation and direction: Ash (Kawasaki Alice)
■ Ticket information: General advance 4,000 yen / Kawasaki discount 3,800 yen / university student, technical college student 3,000 yen / high school student or less 2,000 yen
Scarlet set 7,600 yen * Advance sale only. You can see 2 performances
■ Starting time: 19:00 on 6/7, 13: 00/18: 00 on 8/9, 14: 00/19: 00 on 1012:00 / 16:00 a day

* For more information https://kawasakialice.com/romi-juli