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The world of "Tekage-e" that delivers nostalgic but fresh impression created by hands and body


「Hand Shadows ANIMARE」

A scene where a play is born
File.4 Scarecrow 'Hand Shadows ANIMARE (hand ・ Shadows ・ Animare)'
Koichi Imai (Editor Writer)

Since its launch as the first shadow theater company in Japan in 1952, it has performed mainly on masterpiece fairy tales from home and abroad, and has led the genre of "shadow theater". You may have met somewhere on the stage or on television, too.
Did you know that there is an artistic side of such a Scorpio ? That is "Hand Shadows ANIMARE". "ANIMARE" in Latin means "breathe life, cheer up". In other words, "Hand Shadows Animare" is an omnibus-style performance that creates various shapes with only hand and body, and you can feel a fresh surprise in your nostalgia.

We asked Goto , a representative of the Sagittarius , about "Hand Shadows Animare".

"Well, it's about 30 years ago now. The famous director is saying," Why are you a shadow theater company and why don't you do a hand shadow picture. "A hand shadow picture has a very rich expression You should be challenging because you can.
At that time, we mainly used shadows with paper and board dolls. I think about hand shadow painting as “traditional play” and I did not think that a modern stage could be created. But, as it says, there may be something possible, so I started studying little by little to try. ThatAmong them, I could do that too, and if I could do this, the repertoire of hand shadow paintings increased. However, the expression of hand shadow painting uses physical strength very much, so it was thought that it would be difficult to create a one-hour stage by itself. "

On the other hand, in Scarecrow, I was thinking about going into a full-scale overseas expansion. However, when traveling abroad, it takes time and money to carry luggage, so you have to move with minimal equipment. It is not only a scurf, it is a serious problem that companies that challenge overseas must face.
Also, Goto-san had the feeling that "If you go abroad, it's meaningless if you don't challenge with works based on international communication, not works you've ever produced in Japan." Therefore, I have decided to challenge the world with "Hand Shadows Animare", which develops with speed, sometimes in danceable music, with the matured hand shadow picture.
Sometimes it was in 2009 at the 8th Schwabisch Gmund International Shadow Theater Festival in Germany.

"Even before, I had included the scene of the hand shadow picture in the work, but it was the first time to do the whole film with the hand shadow picture. It was more difficult than anything else, only the hand shadow picture 1 It's common sense that nobody could think of time work, because I had a hard time reforming that consciousness, and a week before I left for Germany, I tried to the last minute The work was finally completed by mistake.
At firstThe members who participated in the German festival say the same thing, but the venue was heated just as we made shadows by hand. It was a great experience, with great applause during the performance. This was great because there were no such ensembles in the world, and I didn't know what kind of evaluation I could get until I tried it. It was a great response, with various overseas festivals asking me “I want you to come to my house next time”.

After that, he participated in overseas festivals such as Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Finland, Czech Republic and Brazil. Now there are about 100 hand-painted painting repertoires, and there are 50 to 60 works in Hand Shadows Animare. Among them, stages are configured in various combinations.

However, not all theater members can participate here. Among the 20 people in charge of the stage, 5, 6 have met the conditions such as exceptional skill of hand shadow painting, strength to withstand one hour performance, and training for a certain squad . Of course, there is also a scarecrow seat body activities, performances of "Hand Shadows Animare" is valuable.
Such is the 10th anniversary of such "Hand Shadows Animare" premiere this year, will be performed in Yokohama, the first time in three years. As a program of "TPAM" (International Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama), it will be a fringe show.

"With TPAMI intend to perform in the standard form of "Douz Animare". We want our local members to come in many and let our overseas directors see how customers are happy, "says Mr. Goto.
It will also give a fresh surprise to people who have an image biased to shadow painting.

* "Hand Shadows Animare" is such a stage!

"" Hand Shadows ANIMARE ""

■ Schedule: Thursday, February 14, 2019
■ Starting time: 16: 30/19: 00
■ Venue: Yokohama Doll House
■ Configuration / production: Atsushi Goto
■ Music: Kuni Kawachi / Yoshikawa Ishikawa
■ Stage art: Saito Hiroki
■ Costume: Keiko Nakaya
■ Sound: Tsutomu Mamoru (Sound Method)
■ Lighting ・ Ryuzen Stage Lighting Research Institute
■ Shadow art production: theater company Scarecrow Art Department
■ Kage art supervision: Goto Yu / Oda Junji (design Bee)
■ Ticket fee: All seats specified 2,500 yen / 3,000 yen on the day, 1,500 yen less than primary schoolchild
※ Free under 3 years old. However, if you need a seat, it will be charged.
※ This work is mainly for elementary school students and above.
※ TPAM participant registered 2,000 yen
■ Inquiries: Theatrical company Scarecrow Tel045-592-8111

  • Place
    Yokohama Doll's House

    The Yokohama Doll House is a doll museum that can be enjoyed across generations, with the concept of "Yokohama-World Doll Cruise". We always exhibit more than 1,000 objects, such as regional dolls and precious dolls from human national treasures. In addition, we hold plan exhibitions and events that the whole family can enjoy. There is also an on-site museum shop and cafe.

    • Shop / Place name
      Yokohama Doll's House
    • Address
      Yamashitacho, Naka Ward, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture 18
    • TEL
    • Business Hour
      9:30 to 17:00 (up to 16:30) Closed every Monday (If the corresponding day falls on a public holiday the following day)