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This year there are 14 people from 5 countries. See where the wharf workshop goes!

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File.16 Wharf Workshop 2019
Miyuki Inoue (Magcal editorial department)

This year too, the wharf workshop has started.
The place is the art center "Wakabacho Wharf" which was born in 2017.
The 14 performers gathered from Ho Chi Minh, Jakarta, Singapore, Nanjing, Chongqing, Beijing, Hefei, Xi'an, Lijiang, Shanghai, and Tokyo.
The training program is truly diverse, with Wakabacho Wharf Artistic Director Nobu Sato acting as a lecturer, workshops by butoh dancers and Noh performers, lectures by theater critics, and theater productions and facility tours.
Here, they spend 20 days working on the work while sleeping and eating together.

* Click here for last year's report !!
But before that.
The first thing participants face is the issue of "communication." English and Chinese interpreters will be provided at the workshop, but in order for everyone to create a single work, it is necessary to make full use of their staying time to understand each other. The story doesn't go on if I stay in the room. I have to manage to communicate by making full use of gestures and translation software on my smartphone.
ontent / uploads / 2019/07 / P1110201.jpg "alt =" "width =" 2560 "height =" 1920 "/> On the day I visited the rehearsal hall, work by Mr. Hikaru Uzawa (Kanze Noh performer / Sensenkai) The shop was held. The theme was "Noh movement". You will learn basic forms one by one, such as a unique standing posture and carrying (sliding legs).
Noh is sometimes described as "the art of walking," so learning this basic posture may mean getting closer to the spirit of Noh.
In the rehearsal hall, the instructor's words are followed by English and Chinese words. What is surprising is the number of words of the interpreter. Simply replacing the words does not convey what the instructor is trying to say, so if you add supplements or other expressions, the number of words will inevitably increase. Of course, you can make full use of gestures.
No, the interpreter is an art in itself.

Questions from participants are also spoken in three languages.
Not only the language, but also the environment and cultural background in which they were born and raised, so each person has their own awareness and emotions. Still, the questions of the participating members are accurate, and I feel the enthusiasm to absorb them greedily.
At the end, everyone sings a passage from "Yang Guifei".
"Even if you don't understand the meaning, first try to imitate it aloud."However, it seems that the unique tune-up stimulated the curiosity of the participants. When Mr. Uzawa took out his own song book, everyone was curious and looked into it, and the discussion was heated. The excitement was overwhelming.

"Today, my goal was to convey the" pattern ", but at the end I was asked questions that went into the theatrical nature of Noh. It was a lot of freshness for me, and it was fun. 2 There is a limit to what can be communicated in time, so I would like to talk with them carefully while eating rice. "(Mr. Uzawa, talk)

Turning from the incandescent rehearsal hall, this is the lunchtime scenery of the shared lounge. We talked to Takaki Terakoshi (participant actor) who was making lunch.

"I've participated in a workshop for foreign directors, but it's the first time I've had such an exotic feeling. I didn't understand much and it was crazy until the second day (laughs). There is no doubt that he has a career. It will be interesting because he will create one work by multiplying everyone's humanity. "
In the corner of the lounge, there is also a pile of "souvenirs" brought from each area. There may be a hot theater theory at night here. Many languages that fly thereI imagined the color while looking at the package of sweets.

In the afternoon, a dance workshop by Keiko Takeya (dancer).
Training to move the joints and muscles of the body to every corner is an essential subject for performers. The sense of feeling each other's existence and composing the space is also indispensable for creating works.

The workshop will continue after this. What kind of work will co-creation that transcends the boundaries of language, customs, generations, genres, traditions and modern times?

I want to confirm the answer on the stage where the curtain is about to open.

This event has ended.
Wharf Workshop 2019 [People who came]
■ Date and time: Friday, August 2, 2019 19: 00/3 (Sat), 4th (Sun) 14:00
■ Venue: Wakabacho Wharf
■ Ticket price: Advance ticket 3,500 yen / Same-day ticket 4,000 yen
■ Inquiries: 045-315-6025 (Wakabacho Wharf)
*For more information= "https://wharf-ws.amebaownd.com/"> Here !!

Wakabacho, downtown of Yokohama. On Isezaki-dori, on the banks of the Ooka River, this is a wharf for cross-border people. A 50-year-old building that retains the atmosphere of the Showa era, and a building that quietly tells the history of the town after its role has been recreated. "Inn is boring only in the inn", "Studio is boring only in the studio", "Theatre is boring only in the theater" ...

Theater with an inn
Studio with a theater
An inn with a studio

It is an art facility that was born in 2017. We have theaters, studios, as well as accommodations that anyone can use.

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