A world of "hand shadow paintings" that creates a nostalgic and fresh impression created with hands and body
「Hand Shadows ANIMARE」
The scene where a play is born
File.4 Scarecrow "Hand Shadows ANIMARE"
Koichi Imai (editing writer)
Since launching in 1952 as Japan's first shadow theater company, the Scarecrow has been leading the genre of "shadow theater" by performing mainly in domestic and foreign masterpiece fairy tales. I suppose you've all had some experience with the stage or TV.
Did you know that such a Scarecrow has an artistic side? "Hand Shadows ANIMARE" is that. "ANIMARE" is a Latin word that means "live and invigorate." In other words, "Hand Shadows Animale" is an omnibus performance that creates various shapes with just your hands and body, and you can feel a fresh surprise in nostalgia.
We asked Mr. Kei Goto , the representative of Scarecrow, about "Hand Shadows Animale".
"I think it was about 30 years ago. A famous director told me, "Why are you guys a shadow troupe, why don't you do hand-drawing?" I should do it because I can do it.
At that time, our main focus was on silhouettes made from cut paper and dolls. I consider hand-drawing pictures to be “traditional play”, and I never thought that I could create a modern stage. But that person might say that there might be something, so I started studying little by little to try it... Among them, I was able to do that, and when I could do this, the repertoire of hand-drawing pictures increased. However, the expression of hand-drawing pictures uses a lot of physical strength, so I thought that it would be difficult to build a one-hour stage by itself.
On the other hand, at Scarecrow, I was thinking about making a full-scale overseas expansion. However, traveling overseas requires a lot of time and money to carry your luggage, so you must move with a minimum of equipment. It is a serious problem that is not limited to Scarecrows, but faces the challenges of overseas companies.
In addition, Mr. Goto thought, "If you go abroad, it is meaningless if you do not try the work that has been made in Japan so far, but the work that assumes international communication". Therefore, I decided to challenge the world with "Hand Shadows Animare", which has a mature hand-drawing picture, has no lines, speeds up the music, and sometimes even danceable.
It was sometimes at the 8th Schwabisch Gmund International Shadowplay Festival in Germany in 2009.
"Before that, I used to include the scene of hand-drawing in my work, but this was the first time I did the whole story with hand-drawing. Above all, the only thing that was difficult was hand-drawing. The idea that time works can be made is something that no one had thought of, based on common sense up to that point, and I had a hard time reforming that consciousness. The work was finally completed by mistake.
MostThe members who first attended the festival in Germany remarked differently, but the venue was heated just by making shadows by hand. It was a wonderful experience, for example, I was applauded even during the performance. There was no such ensemble in the world, and I didn't know what kind of evaluation it would get until I actually tried it, so I was happy. At that time, it was a tremendous response, as various overseas festivals asked me to come next time.''
After that, participated in overseas festivals such as Holland, Germany, Spain, Finland, Czech Republic, and Brazil. Nowadays, there are about 100 hand shadow repertoires, and 50 to 60 works are included in "Hand Shadows Animare". From that, various combinations make up the stage.
However, not all troupe members can participate here. Of the 20 people in the stage group, 5 or 6 people who fulfilled the conditions such as outstanding skill of hand drawing, physical strength to withstand one hour performance, and certain training of Scarecrow . Of course, there is also the activity of the Scarecrow main body, so the performance of "Hand Shadows Animale" is valuable.
This year will be the 10th anniversary since the premiere of "Hand Shadows Animale", and this is the first time in 3 years that a performance will be held in Yokohama. The fringe performance will be performed as a program of "TPAM" (International Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama).
"At TPAM,I'm planning to perform in the standard form of'Shadow's Animale'. We would like the local directors to come and see the customers' satisfaction," said Goto.
It will give a fresh surprise to people who have an image that is biased towards shadow painting.
*This is the stage for "Hand Shadows Animale"!
This event has ended.
""Hand Shadows ANIMARE""
■Schedule: Thursday, February 14, 2019
■Start time: 16:30/19:00
■ Venue: Yokohama Doll House
■ Composition/Direction: Kei Goto
■ Music: Kuni Kawauchi/Yoko Ishikawa
■ Stage art: Hiroki Saito
■Costume: Keiko Nakaya
■ Sound: Mamoru Toto (Sound Method)
■ Lighting/Ryuzen Stage Lighting Research Institute
■ Shadow art production: Scarecrow Art Department
■ Shadow art supervision: Kei Goto/Junji Oda (design Bee)
■Ticket fee: 2,500 yen for all seats / 3,000 yen on the day, 1,500 yen for elementary school students and younger
* Free under 3 years old. However, if you need a seat, you will be charged.
*This work is mainly intended for elementary school students and above.
*TPAM participant registration ¥2,000
■ Inquiries: Theater Scarecrow Tel045-592-8111
The Yokohama Doll House is a doll museum that can be enjoyed for generations and is based on the concept of "world doll contact cruise from Yokohama." More than 1,000 pieces are always on display, including local dolls and precious dolls made by human national treasures. We also hold planned exhibitions and events that the whole family can enjoy. There is also an on-site museum shop and cafe.
Address18 Yamashita Town, Naka Ward, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
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