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Encounter a Russian drama co-produced by Japan and Vietnam in Izumi Ward, Yokohama

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The scene where a play is born
File.8 “Uncle Vanya”
Koichi Imai (Editor)

“Theater without walls, with the concept that people involved in performing arts, regardless of culture, ethnicity, nationality, affiliation, etc., will build mutual understanding as a joint activist and aim to engage with society through theater.” There is an organization called “Center”. Director Takeshi Sugiyama, Hiroyuki Muneshige of the troupe black tent, Chika Kato, the stage artist, and the actor, Choi, are participating. As an international co-production project between the Theater Center Without Walls and the National Vietnam Youth Theater, “Uncle Vanya” co-produced by Sugiyama will be performed at Theater Fonte, Izumi Ward Cultural Center, Yokohama.
It is interesting that Izumi Ward is the area where the Vietnam Refugee Center once existed and where many Vietnamese II and III lived in Japan.

First of all, I would like to introduce from Takeshi Sugiyama.

Sugiyama learns from the professor of the Paris-Paris Conservatoire, who was an aspiring actor and served as the director of Peter Brook. From 2008 to 2010, he belonged to the Russian State Mossoviet Theater as a training director, and studied production under the direction of art deputy director and director Yuri Elyomin.
On the other hand, in Japan, the theater company A La Plus was raised. After encountering Muneshige et al. And performing in Serbia, he formed the “Drama Center Without Walls”, a general incorporated association with a view to participating in overseas festivals and international co-production. So far, we have held theater workshops mainly in Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam.

“It was organized by the Japan Foundation in 2014, and people related to performing arts in Vietnam for 3 monthsThere was a business invited to Japan. At that time, there was a story that I wanted to accept actors from the National Vietnam Youth Theater in a long-term actor training class workshop that I had organized. The schedule of only one day was finally enjoyed for about a week because it was fun. ''

In 2016, Chekhov's “Kamome” directed by Sugiyama was invited to the Vietnam International Theater Festival in Hanoi (later to the International Theater Festivals in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia). Therefore, we reunited with members of the National Vietnam Youth Theater and held a workshop. He won the Best Film Award and the Best Director Award at the Theater Festival. Such accumulation led to this “Uncle Vanya”.

“I liked“ Kamome ”and decided to create a three-year plan from 2017. In the first year, I shared research methods with each other through research and workshops. Two years My eyes stayed for about two and a half months, made works, toured in Hanoi as well as in Vietnam, and the third year was to perform in Japan.
Sugiyama's acting and directing lies in the Russian Stanislavsky system. In fact, Vietnamese actor education has a strong influence from Russia. Therefore, there was a common language and common understanding, and it was very easy to work.

“In Vietnam, there are performances from Shakespeare to modern-day playwrights, but in order to create uniqueness alongside other Asian countries.There is a feeling that something must change. And even though the influence of Russia is strong in the theater, Chekhov has not been performed in the past. No, I heard that it was tried several times, but it wasn't successful and didn't lead to a performance. One of their goals was to reinvent Chekhov's work and to attract interest, including young customers. That's why I liked "Kamome" from the style, composition, and efforts, so I decided to "Let's do it together". In that sense, this project was important in modern theater in Vietnam. Vietnam's history is so difficult that Vietnamese people feel something like a vitality that they try to overcome while keeping the light. But there is sorrow at the bottom. I feel that leads to Chekhov's work. ''
The synopsis of “Uncle Vanya” is as follows.

In a country house where Vanya, her mother Voynitskaya, and her son Sonya lived with the nanny marina and the quirky Teregin, a peaceful life continued for a long time. Suddenly, Sonya's father, Selebriakov, who retired from university professor, and his wife Elena came. The life of the mansion has changed completely, involving the celeb doctor's physician, Astrov. The affection of love, which is uncontrollable, overlaps, and each other's lives begin to cross with heat. Meanwhile, a serious announcement that shakes everyone was made by Celebriakov.

“Stanislavsky is a sign of realistic realism.The elephant may be strong. However, my directing, of course, respects the original as much as possible, but also has a modern visual, auditory, and sensibility to deliver to current customers, and features diverse expressions that make full use of metaphors. “Uncle Vanya” is seen as a story of people with two different worldviews seeking true beauty and beauty of vanity. I wanted to express in various ways that it was impossible for each other to understand, coexist, or harmonize. Those who seek true beauty take care of their connections, including the fundamental and primitive part of mankind, that is, loving people and living together. People who seek the beauty of vanity are self-centered, from the city, want to develop their status, fame and technology, and forget that their lives are coexisting with others ing. Based on the desire to leave the imagination of the customer as much as possible to see what kind of metaphor expression can be used to draw the difference between the two, I searched with the actor. ''

When Chekhov's work is spoken, Vietnam tends to have the image of darkness, gloomy and boredom. It is difficult for theater fans to accept, but Sugiyama's direction is passionate, dynamic, and speedy. This “Uncle Vanya” has been staged as an official repertoire of the National Vietnam Youth Theater since 2018. And in October, he won the Best Film Award, Best Actor & Best Supporting Actor at the Vietnam International Theater Festival where 21 films from 8 countries, Hungary, Israel, India, Korea, China, Singapore, Greece and Vietnam participated. The news also arrived.

“The award provided an opportunity for Japanese customers to enjoy themselves. The quality of the quality of the performing arts in Vietnam is not well known in the Japanese theater world. I hope that it will be an opportunity to deliver height and charm.I'm glad if this performance is a chance to turn my eyes to those people because many people work. "

Japan-Vietnam Contemporary Theater Joint Project
"Uncle Vanya"
[Date] November 26, 2019 (Tuesday) 14:30 Open / 15:00 Start
[Venue] Theater City Center, Yokohama Izumi Ward Cultural Center
[Production] Anton P. Tiehof
[Translation] Kiyoshi Kansai
[Direction / Composition] Takeshi Sugiyama
[Art] Chika Kato
[Drama Turku, Planning] Hiroyuki Muneshige
Les Caine, Duc Que, Tyne Bin, Quin Duong, Tu Quin, von Tuui, Tin Duong, Tu Wein, Mine Hoan, Choi Hemi Matsuda Takashi, Nishimura Kiyotaka, Nakamura Asaki Thun Ain
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[Date and time] November 22 (Fri)-24 (Sun), 2019
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