Kawasaki Romeo & Juliet Project for All Kawasaki Aiming for the World
The scene where a play is born
File.2 Kawasaki Romeo & Juliet
Koichi Imai (editing writer)
One of the dreams of "Kawasaki Alice", a theater company based in Kawasaki, has expanded overseas. The young people's troupe these days sounds like it knows how tall they are, but it's a bit sad to say that.
Ash, the troupe of the troupe, worked hard as a musical actress at an American tour troupe in his 20s.
"It's natural to say that you are active in the United States, but the language is English. One day, the question "why do you play in English?" I came back to Japan because I wanted to bring it to Japan, and while I was searching for about two years, I heard that Tokyo University of the Arts would make a course where I could study theater, thinking "This is it!" I re-entered it, not as an actor, but to learn the production."
While meeting various theatrical people, there was Satoshi Miyagi, who leads the Ku Nauka Theater Company. Ku Nauka is a theatrical company that develops its own activities in a style in which two actors, a moving actor and an actor, play one role. However, what attracted Ash was that he realized "putting Japanese on music" instead of acting style.
The music that overflows in our daily lives is Western rhythm such as rock and pop. However, Ku Nauka had a pleasant rhythm to the Japanese. I was also attracted to the vigorous performance of overseas performances. After being invited, he joined Ku Nauka as a director and worked for a long time under Miyagi.
After that, Miyagi became independent after the base was relocated as the artistic director of SPAC (Shizuoka Performing Arts Theater)... It is mysterious because the relationship with Kawasaki City is born from there.
I got a job teaching high school from high school, made a stay at an Indonesian company in connection with Miyagi, and got in touch with the president of a design office. Theatrical activity begins while multiple edges are involved.
Actually, most of the members of "Kawasaki Alice" are former students who gathered "I want to do a play in Kawasaki after all" after going through various paths. The rehearsal space is also provided by the Kudan design office. Then I gradually began to establish roots in Kawasaki City.
* "Run Meros" at Enkakuji Temple in Kamakura
"Due to Miyagi, I participated in Tadashi Suzuki's drama school at Toga Village. It was a shocking and interesting experience that overturned the concept of theater in me, but above all I was surprised that I was engaged in activities while building relationships with each other, and that I was performing theater while having a social impact.When I thought about it, I realized that I was also interested in the relationship with the community. I really like what I do,"
*From Toga "Blue Bird"
The name of the troupe is "Alice" because it aims to be a play where you can experience being taken into the unreal world by being suddenly drawn into the wonderland. 8 years have passed since the flag was raised. In 2017, Ash himself won the Best Director Award at the Toga Theater Competition.Was won.
In December 2018, the Kawasaki City sponsored a production performance "Kawasaki Romeo & Juliet" commemorating the 12th anniversary of the opening of Lazona Kawasaki Plaza Sol. To handle.
“I've come to a new step as a troupe. I never wanted to end up with one of the local troupes, and it was my original dream to publish works in the world. It took a while, but I'm happy that I was able to talk about the production performance.''
* "Weakoshi" performed with high school students at Plaza Sol
Plaza Sol is a small theater in a shopping center in front of Kawasaki Station. By having a play with high school students here, a relationship was born.
"Romeo and Juliet" is a masterpiece of Shakespeare's love for the short life of Romeo and Juliet, two youths in conflict. It is said that it will be adapted into a story set in Kawasaki-like town about 200 years later, and it will be turned into a musical drama with live music.
"When you say "Future Romijuri," it's an image of science fiction, but I always make assumptions about "what will happen to this work in the next seven generations." It's been over 400 years old. , I think we will continue to live ahead of us. It may be a world with more technological innovation than it is now, but I don't think the basic activities of human beings will change. Even if the society and environment change, “Romijuri” is supposed to be played. For the time being, it is set to be 220 years later, but we are making it while everyone is talking, “What is Kawasaki doing then?”. I hope that it will be an opportunity to nurture the theatrical people in Kawasaki and foster the culture of Kawasaki.”
A big audition will be held this summer. Members gathered in 2 groups Divided into different pieces, the Beni group will be Ash's artistic performance-like taste, and the Hanada group will be a work that deepens the drama of "Romijuri."
* "Romeo and Juliet" production presentation
Nowadays, fueling conflicts is becoming a global trend. There is a microcosm in Kawasaki, but Ash feels that a vibrant and powerful city is created, including such negative aspects. How will this story be received?
"I feel that everything in the world is at a greater or lesser level of confrontation. In the first place, humans create confrontation everywhere. Whether it is a conflict or not, from the tension of confrontation. There are things that are born, such as art. I think "Romeo and Juliet" will be a story that people in Kawasaki who live in conflict and mixed culture can sympathize with."
Ash did not write the ending of the script. It's something that young actors lead by practicing in Kawasaki. Not surprisingly, the endings of the two sets will be different.
“I think there are pros and cons to adapting the classics. I wonder if I can think of “enriching my life” using the universal property of Romeo and Juliet” I'm aiming to make it my own story, rather than simply replacing it with the story set in Kawasaki. People living in Kawasaki may laugh and smile. It would be tragic for the audience who saw this play, but I'd be happy if they could find something of hope in it.''
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* "Romijuri" promotion @ Kosugi Festa
And the members who support the play are Ash's "production staff aimed at all Kawasaki," and the local Kawasaki friends. Theater is a live art, so no matter how interesting you make it, you can only share the excitement with the people who were there at the time. Because the one-time feature is the attraction of theater, I put a lot of effort into the visual aspect of transmitting information in advance. It was supported by the local creative team “Nokuchi Base”. The name comes from "Mizoguchi".
“Even if we want to focus on leaflets, our budget does not reach that much. Our representative at Nokuchi Base says this time, “Our gala will be crowdfunded” hand. I will do my best to make it a work that can respond to the spirit of Kawasaki.”
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<<Lazona Kawasaki Plaza Sol 12th anniversary public
"Kawasaki Romeo & Juliet">>
Date: December 6th (Thursday) to 11th (Tuesday), 2018
■ 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/vocational school students 3,000 yen/High school students and younger 2,000 yen
Crimson set 7,600 yen *beforeFor sale reservation only. You can see 2 performances
■Starting time: 6/7 days 19:00, 8-9 days 13:00/18:00, 10 days 14:00/19:00, 11 days 12:00/16:00
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