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

日本・ベトナム共同制作のロシア演劇に、横浜市泉区で出会う

The scene where the play is born
File.8 "Uncle Wagna"
Koichi Imai (Editorial Writer)

"Drama without walls" with the concept of "people involved in performing arts, regardless of culture, ethnicity, nationality, affiliation, etc., build mutual understanding as a joint activity and aim to be involved with society through theater." There is an organization called "Center". Director Takeshi Sugiyama, Hiroyuki Soushige of the theater company Black Tent, Chika Kato of the performing arts, and Hemi Choi, an actor, are participating. As an international joint production project between the Theater Center without Walls and the National Vietnam Youth Theater, "Uncle Wagna", which was co-produced in a three-year plan under the direction of Sugiyama, will be performed at the Theater Fonte, Izumi Ward Cultural Center, Yokohama City.
Izumi Ward is the area where the Vietnam Refugee Center used to be, and it is interesting that many Vietnamese II and III in Japan live in it.

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

Sugiyama learned from a professor at the Conservatoire in Paris, France, who aspired to be an actor and also served as an assistant director for Peter Brook. From 2008 to 2010, he belonged to the Russian National Mossovieto Theater as a training director and studied directing under the director and deputy art director Yuri Elyomin.
On the other hand, in Japan, he launched the theater company A La Plus. After that, when he met Muneshige and others and performed in Serbia, he formed the general incorporated association "Wallless Theater Center" 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.

"In 2014, sponsored by the Japan Foundation, I will be involved in performing arts in Vietnam for three months.There was a business that I invited to Lei Japan. At that time, there was a talk that I wanted the actors of the National Vietnam Youth Theater to be accepted in the long-term actor training class workshop that I hosted. The schedule was only for one day, but I finally carried it out for about a week because it was fun. "

In 2016, Chehoff's "Kamome" directed by Sugiyama was invited to the Vietnam International Theater Festival in Hanoi (later invited to the International Theater Festivals in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia). There, we reunited with the members of the National Vietnam Youth Theater and held a workshop. Received the Best Work Award and Best Director Award at the Theater Festival. Such accumulation led to this "Uncle Wagna".

"I liked" Kamome "and decided to make a work with a three-year plan from 2017. In the first year, we shared each other's creative methods while doing research and workshops. Two years My eyes stayed for about two and a half months to make works, toured in Hanoi and Vietnam, and to perform in Japan for the third year, so this year. "
Sugiyama's origin in both acting and directing is the Stanislavski system in Russia. In fact, Vietnam's actor education is also strongly influenced by Russia. Therefore, he had a common language and a common understanding, and it was very easy to work.

"In Vietnam, from Shakespeare to the works of modern playwrights, they are being performed, but in order to create more originality alongside other Asian countries.I have a feeling that something has to change. And it seems that Chekhov had not been performed in the past, despite the strong Russian influence in the theater. No, I heard that it was tried several times but did not succeed and did not lead to the performance. One of their goals was to bring Chekhov's work back to the present day and to attract interest, including young customers. That's why I liked my "seagull", including its style, composition, and efforts, so I decided to "let's do it together." In that sense as well, this project had important implications for contemporary theater in Vietnam. Because of the painful history that Vietnam carries, the Vietnamese people feel something like vitality trying to overcome it while maintaining its brightness. But there is still sadness at the root. I feel that it leads to Chekhov's work. "
The outline of "Uncle Wagna" is as follows.

Wagna, her mother Voinitzkaya, and her niece Sonya lived in a rural mansion with a nanny Marina and Teregin, who lived for a long time. Suddenly, Sonya's father, Celebryakov, who retired from college, and his second wife, Elena, arrive. The life of the mansion changed completely with the involvement of Celebryakov's doctor, Astrov. The uncontrollable emotions of affection overlap, and each other's lives begin to heat up and intersect. Meanwhile, Celebrya Coff made a serious announcement that shakes everyone.

"Stanislavski has a strong impression of realistic realism.It may be. But, of course, my production is characterized by a variety of expressions that make full use of metaphors, with modern visuals, hearing, and sensibilities in order to deliver to today's customers, while respecting the original to the utmost. "Uncle Wagna" is a story of people with two different worldviews who seek true beauty and the beauty of vanity. I wanted to express in every way that it is impossible for each other to understand, coexist or harmonize. Those who seek true beauty value the fundamental and primitive parts of human beings: loving people, living with them, and so on. On the other hand, those who seek the beauty of vanity are self-centered, wanting to develop their status, fame and technology from the city, and forget that their lives are made up of coexistence with others. ing. I explored with the actors what kind of metaphor can be used to draw the difference between the two, based on the desire to leave it to the imagination of the customer as much as possible. "

When Chekhov's work is talked about, Vietnam tends to have the image of darkness, gloomy, and boredom. It's hard to be accepted by theater fans, but Sugiyama's production is passionate, dynamic, and speedy. This "Uncle Wagna" has been performed as a formal repertoire of the National Vietnam Youth Theater since 2018. Then, in October, he won the Best Work Award and the Leading & Supporting Actor Award at the Vietnam International Theater Festival, in which 21 works from eight countries, Hungary, Israel, India, South Korea, China, Singapore, Greece and Vietnam, participated. The news has arrived.

"The award was an opportunity for Japanese customers to enjoy it even more. I don't think the Japanese theater world knows much about what Vietnamese performing arts are, so quality. I most hope that it will be an opportunity to deliver height and charm. Furthermore, in Japan, Vietnamese people are now.I'm working a lot, so I hope this performance will give you an opportunity to look at those people. "

This event has ended.
Japan-Vietnam Contemporary Theater Joint Project
"Uncle Wagna"
[Date] November 26, 2019 (Tuesday) 14:30 Open / 15: 00 Start
[Venue] Yokohama City Izumi Ward Cultural Center Theater Fonte
[Product] Anton P. Chekhov
[Translation] Kiyoshi Jinzai
[Direction / Composition] Takeshi Sugiyama
[Art] Chika Kato
[Dramaturge / Planning] Hiroyuki Muneshige
[Cast]
Les Cain, Duc Que, Tyne Bin, Quinn Zhong, Tu Quinn, von Tui, Tin Zhong, Tu Wine, Mine Hoang, Cai Hemi Matsuda Takashi, Nishimura Kiyotaka, Nakamura Asaki , Thun Ain
[Ticket (all seats reserved, tax included)] General 3,000 yen / 3,500 yen on the day, 1,500 yen for students and foreign nationals
* No admission when not in school
[Ticket reservation / handling] Ticket Kanagawa Tel.0570-015-415 (10: 00-18: 00)
[Inquiries] K / Planning TEL.03-3419-6318

《Circuit information》
[Date and time] November 22nd (Fri) to 24th (Sun), 2019
[Venue] Theater Tram (Setagaya-ku, Tokyo)

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