Hirokazu Tategata's Danceable LIFE Vol.7
Encounter with musicals
Hirokazu Tategata (actor, dancer, choreographer)
I like musicals.
When I thought about when I was interested, I remembered watching a musical stage when I was a kid. I don't remember the content, but it seems that I was playing a "musical play" with my friends after that, so it must have been very interesting. After that, when I was in high school, I also did a "musical-like" at a school festival.
I started in earnest when I entered university and joined the "Musical Study Group". I asked a senior I met there to say, "You should dance," and hit the gate of Nakura Jazz Dance Studio. Perhaps because of my height, I was able to get a dance job while I was in school, and I feel that I was spending my days dancing in the latter half of my college life.
At that time, Japanese musicals had something like a "role division" between dance and singing, so if I could dance, I would be able to stand on the musical stage as an ensemble dancer. Recent musicals are mainly singing, so I feel that it's difficult to get on stage if I can't sing properly.
By the way, while I was in school, I continued to work as a musical study group, so I was busy with my work as a dancer, classes at university, and club activities. There are times when I'm too busy to lose my memory. However, the people and experiences I met in my 4th year at university are very big, and it is certain that they are the foundation for me now.
Musical songs and dances have a mysterious "power" not found in straight plays. Show dance also has songs and dances, but I feel that it is a little different. I like straight plays, but I also find the world where singing and dancing coexist.
The first full-scale musicals I saw when I was young were "Chorus Line" and "Cats" by Shiki Theater Company.
It was unprecedented at the time to import the authentic Broadway stage, create a dedicated theater, and perform the work over a long span of years.
I was just starting to dance in earnest, so I didn't even think of myself as a professional dancer, but in a good way it overturned that in the Shiki Theater Company's long-run performance. .. In an era when it was still difficult to make a living just by dancing, the long-run system that allows you to continue to stand on the stage for a long time with one work was a very epoch-making system that had never existed in Japan until then. So, on the day when there was an audition for the four seasons, all the powerful senior dancers went to pick it up, so the figure disappeared from the studio. However, at that time I was still a fledgling person, so I was an outsider (laughs).
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