Encounter a Russian drama co-produced by Japan and Vietnam in Izumi Ward, Yokohama
The scene where a play is born
File.8 "Uncle Wagna"
Koichi Imai (editing writer)
"Theater without walls," with the concept that "people involved in performing arts regardless of culture, ethnicity, nationality, affiliation, etc. build mutual understanding as one joint activity and aim to be involved with society through the medium of theater" There is an organization called "center". Director Takeshi Sugiyama, theater troupe Black Tent Hiroyuki Sogeshi, stage artist Chika Kato, actor Choi Hemi, and others are participating. As an international collaborative project between the Theater Center without Walls and the National Vietnamese Youth Theater, Sugiyama's direction, “Uncle Wagna,” co-produced in the three-year plan, will be performed at the Theater Folklore in Izumi Ward, Yokohama City.
Izumi Ward is an area where there was once a Vietnam refugee center, and it is interesting that it is also an area where many second and third generation Vietnamese living in Japan live.
First of all, I would like to start with Takeshi Sugiyama.
Sugiyama became an aspiring actor and studied with a professor of France Paris Conservatoire who was also a director assistant of Peter Brook. From 2008 to 2010, he worked as a training director at the Russian National Academy of Moss Soviet, where he studied directing under the direction of artistic director and director Yuri Eryomin.
On the other hand, in Japan, the theater company A La Place was launched. After that, when he met Sogeshi and others and performed in Serbia, he formed the General Theater Corporation "Wall-Free Theater Center" with a view to participating in overseas festivals and international co-production. So far, we have mainly held theater workshops in Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam.
“In 2014, the Japan Foundation sponsored a three-monthI had a business that I invited to Japan. At that time, there was a talk that I wanted the actors from the National Vietnamese Youth Theater to be accepted in the long-term actor training class workshop that I was sponsoring. I planned for only one day, but I enjoyed it for about a week because it was fun.''
In 2016, Sugiyama directed Chekhov's "Kamome" to be invited to the Vietnam International Theater Festival in Hanoi (later to Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatian Theater Festival). There, he met with a member of the National Vietnamese Youth Theater and held a workshop. He won the Best Film Award and the Best Director Award at the Theater Festival. Such an accumulation led to this "Uncle Wagna".
"I liked "Kamome", so I decided to make a work with a three-year plan from 2017. In the first year, I did research and workshops and shared each other's creation methods. 2 years I have stayed for about two and a half months to make works, toured in Vietnam in addition to Hanoi, and to perform in Japan for the third year, so I reached this year."
Sugiyama's starting point for both acting and directing lies in the Russian Stanislavsky system. In fact, the actor education in Vietnam is also strongly influenced by Russia. Therefore, they had a common language and understanding, and it was very easy to work with.
"Even in Vietnam, there are performances from Shakespeare to modern playwrights. But it creates uniqueness alongside other Asian countries.In order to do that, I have a feeling that something must change. And it seems that Chekhov had not been performed in the past despite the strong influence of Russia in the theater. No, I tried it several times, but it didn't succeed and I didn't get the performance. One of their goals was to bring Chekhov's work to a new age and to raise interest, including young customers. That's why I liked "Kamome", including its style, composition, and efforts, so it became "Let's do it together." Even in that sense, this project had an important meaning in contemporary theater in Vietnam. Vietnam's burden of history makes it difficult for Vietnamese people to feel the vitality of trying to overcome them while maintaining their brightness. But after all there was sadness. I feel that leads to Chekhov's work.''
Here is the synopsis of "Uncle Wagna":
Warnia, her mother Voynitzkaya, and her niece Sonya, lived in the country house where the nanny Marina and the house Teregin lived for a long time. Suddenly, Sonya's father Celebrya Cof, who retired from his university professor, and his second wife, Elena, arrive. The life of the mansion was completely changed due to the involvement of Cereblyakov's doctor, Astrov. The uncontrollable feelings of affection overlap, and the lives of each other begin to get hot and cross each other. Meanwhile, Sereblyakov made a serious announcement that shakes everyone.
"Stanislavsky is a realismMay have a strong impression. However, my production, of course, respects the original work to the maximum extent, but is also modern in terms of visual, auditory, and sensibilities in order to reach current customers, and features a variety of expressions that make full use of metaphors. "Uncle Wagna" is viewed as a story of two people with different worldviews, seeking 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 connection between the root and primitive parts of human beings: loving people and living together. People who seek beauty of vanity, on the other hand, come from the city and are self-centered, want to develop their position, fame, and technology, and forget that their lives consist of coexistence with others. ing. I wanted to use the imagination of the customer to find out what metaphoric expressions could be used to draw the difference between the two, and I worked with the actors to find out.''
When talking about Chekhov's work, Vietnam has the same tendency to have the image of darkness, depression and boredom. It's hard for theater fans to accept, but Sugiyama's production is passionate, dynamic, and speedy. This "Uncle Vagna" has been performed since 2018 as an official repertoire work of the National Vietnamese Youth Theater. Then, in October, it was awarded the Best Work Award, the Leading & Supporting Actor Award at the Vietnam International Theater Festival, in which 21 films from 8 countries, Hungary, Israel, India, South Korea, China, Singapore, Greece and Vietnam participated. The news arrived.
“The award has given me an even greater sense that Japanese customers will enjoy it. I don't think much about the performing arts of Vietnam in the Japanese theater world, so I sincerely hope that it will be an opportunity to bring height and charm.There are a lot of people working there, so I'm happy if this performance will be an opportunity to turn to those people.''
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Japan-Vietnam Contemporary Theater Joint Project
[Date and time] Tuesday, November 26, 2019 14:30 open / 15:00 start
[Venue] Izumi Ward Residents Cultural Center Theater Fonte
[Product] Anton P. Cheerhof
[Translation] Kiyoshi Kansai
[Direction/Structure] Takeshi Sugiyama
[Art] Chika Kato
[Drama Turku/Planning] Hiroyuki Soshige
Le Cain, Duc Que, Thanh Bin, Quin Zuong, Tu Quin, Von Tui, Than Zuong, To Wein, Mine Hoang, Cai Hemi Matsuda Takashi, Nishimura Kiyotaka, Nakamura Asaki , Toon Ein
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[Date and time] Friday, November 22 to Sunday, November 24, 2019
[Venue] Theater Tram (Setagaya-ku, Tokyo)
Theatrefonte is a resident cultural center that was established in 1993 to create a unique culture rooted in the region.
The central hall is a theater space that brings out the charm of all performing arts, including theater.
Inside the museum, there is a gallery where you can see works of art, dance and ballet lessons,
A rehearsal room where you can practice instrumental music and choirs and small-scale recitals, and a creative room suitable for the production of art and craft works.
There is a place to share the joy of creation across a wide range of genres.
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