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Kanagawa Next Vol.1 A theater festival born in anticipation of the development of performing arts in Kanagawa Prefecture.

かながわネクストVol.1 神奈川県における舞台芸術の発展を期待して生まれた演劇の祭典

"Kanagawa Next" started as an initiative to support young and mid-career artists and companies that are developing activities based in Kanagawa, hoping that the performing arts of Kanagawa Prefecture will grow abundantly in the future.

From the many groups that have performed so far, two groups will be selected for the first time and the "Kanagawa Next Performance" will be held.

Vol.1 was selected as "theater 045 syndicate", which plays "Fairwell, Mr. Charlie" set in a lonely movie theater along the Ooka River in Yokohama, and after the death of Michinoku Confectionery's son. Two groups of theatrical production "Spiral Staircase" that plays "Lighting the silence" where you can see the life of a man from the story of family and friends in the memorial service on the 49th.

So, this time, we asked Mr. Nakayama and Mr. Midori, who preside over this group, about their aspirations for being selected as "Kanagawa Next" and the highlights of the performance.

"Kanagawa Next" is a breakthrough in the development and transmission of culture and art in Yokohama

theater 045 syndicate presided over by Tomofumi Nakayama
theater 045 syndicate
A theater unit by Tomofumi Nakayama, the presiding officer, and Katsunori Imai and Masaru Masaka, the actors. He creates works based on the concept of "dissemination from Yokohama", and has many collaborations with groups active in Kanagawa, creating a place for exchanges between groups active in the prefecture, and is making efforts to promote culture and art in Kanagawa. .. It is hard-boiled but features a style that is light and funny.

Mr. Nakayama: We are a theater company based in Yokohama. I'm honestly happy that the first project of "Kanagawa Next" was evaluated in terms of both ability and content. Atsushi Hatano, who was in charge of the script, is also a comrade who presides over the theater company 820 Seisakusho.I am happy to be with you this time.

At this performance, there are about three graduates of the Magcal Performing Arts Academy. He says that it is also significant that graduates who could not perform due to Corona's illness can do it with "Kanagawa Next".

Mr. Nakayama: I think it is meaningful for people in Kanagawa to perform locally. Nowadays, the number of groups working hard in their 20s and 30s is increasing in Yokohama, so I hope that the two groups selected as the first step will be a breakthrough and will continue to lead the art scene in Yokohama.

Currently, I personally work mainly in Tokyo and Yokohama, but I am trying to bring back the new technology and knowledge I gained in Tokyo and make use of it in Yokohama. I always have the desire to give back various things to the local community.

I hope to create a foundation for culture and art in Kanagawa by performing the works of the theater company active in Yokohama (Kanagawa) at "Kanagawa Next", and the works announced in this way will be later. It would be nice if we could enhance each other so that it would be valid in the national district.


From the 3rd theater main performance "Yokohama Yatarou-Bokyo Hen-"

"You can change the story of your life yourself." Gradation of reality and dreams woven by time and human patterns

The work nominated this time is a replay of the performance that was performed three years ago. It is said that there is something deeply emotional at the premiere when the year changed from Heisei to Reiwa and the situation in the world changed drastically in Corona.

-What are the highlights of the stage?

theater 045 syndicate: "Fairwell, Mr. Charlie" rehearsal scene

This work is a story set in an old movie theater in downtown Yokohama. Based on a movie screened at a movie theater along the Ooka River in Isezakicho, the front and back, dreams and reality are intertwined in a big swell. In the chaos, various human patterns will be developed.

One of the highlights is the intersection of reality and dreams in the depictions on this side and the other side of the screen. It contains the message, "You can change the story of your life yourself."
I'm sure that the scenery you can see after going down the autumn leaves slope after watching the theater in the city of Yokohama, where the past and the future are constantly mixed, is different from what it was before the theater. We hope that you will experience and enjoy the atmosphere and scent of Yokohama, such as going to Chinatown as it is or strolling around Noge.

A family story that conveys "I'm glad I was alive" by feeling life through death


Theatrical production "Spiral staircase" presided over by Shinichiro Midori

Theatrical production "Spiral staircase"
Formed in 2006 to perform theater performances based in Odawara. Performances are held twice a year in autumn in Odawara and in spring in Yokohama. Through the land, the times, and satire, he continues to create sweet, sad, laughing and crying stages.

Mr. Midori: We are a theater company based in Odawara, which is active in Yokohama and Odawara for the 16th year of this year. I am very honored to have you evaluate and select the achievements in Vol.1 of "Kanagawa Next" this time. This attempt is Vol.2, Vol.3I want to do my best to continue.

From the 29th performance "Dreaming in a rotating chair"

Many theater companies have been forced to postpone or cancel their performances due to the corona, and Mr. Midori says that the stage was postponed about three times even in the theater production "Spiral Staircase". This time as well, he will never be disappointed, but he seems to be working hard to prevent infection and to make the performance a success.

-What are the highlights of the stage?

Theatrical production "Spiral staircase": "Lighting the silence" rehearsal scenery

Midori: The story begins when Tohoku Tomoaki of Michinoku Confectionery, which sells the popular "Kaineko Sable" online, dies at a young age. In the 49th memorial service, friends and family talk about the hero in his lifetime, in memory of the deceased.

Through the episodes revealed in conversations with family and friends, the character of the main character emerges, and while laughing and having fun, there are plenty of things to see in the middle of the game. In a good way, you can enjoy the feeling of betraying the scenario you imagine from the leaflets.

After watching, Mr. Midori recommends buying a sable as a souvenir and enjoying sightseeing around the area after the story of "sea cat sable" that appears on the stage.

I think that the stage of the two groups is both interesting and memorable, so I recommend both. Especially this time, it will be held twice with GW in between, so please do not miss it.Why don't you visit those performances and spend a holiday to enjoy the culture and arts of Yokohama?

theater 045 syndicate Click here for event information on "Fairwell, Mr. Charlie"
Click here for event information on theatrical production "Spiral Staircase" "Lighting the Silence"

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