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Performing company Nibroll's new performance "Journey without Distance"

パフォーミングカンパニーNibrollの新作公演「距離のない旅」

This summer at the Kanagawa Prefectural Youth Center, which celebrated its 60th anniversary,
Performing company Nibroll's new production "Journey Without Distance" will be staged.

This performance, which will be performed at Studio HIKARI, which was renewed in the spring of 2019 as a space specializing in performances including dance, music and art, and physical expression using the body and voice, will start from outside the theater as a "walking type" performance. To do.
The image is that the performers and the audience walk freely and travel together into the theater.
"Outside the theater" is a "plaza" that makes use of the original concept of Kunio Maekawa, an architect representing Japanese modernist architecture who designed the Youth Center, Music Hall, and Library.
Like Studio HIKARI, performances will also be held in this square, which was extensively maintained during the renovation in 2019, creating a “journey without distance” where the audience, the artist, and the space itself are united. High school students living and studying in Kanagawa Prefecture are also scheduled to participate, and as a related project, a dance and video workshop will also be held.


A scene of training in the open space in front of the Youth Center, which was refurbished in 2019. The camphor tree that rises in the center is splendid! Provided by: Prefectural Youth Center

On the day of the event, we had a lot of rehearsals and were limited to about an hour, but I was completely drawn into the artistic and profound world of Yanaihara. Please enjoy!

Artistic and somewhat charming! Very charming Mr. Yanaihara Provided by Prefectural Youth Center

■ Please tell us the background to the birth of the excursion type performance "Travel without Distance".

Well, as a stage performer, I've always been on stage, in a box, but...
In fact, for a long time I wanted to create not only the theater space, but also the outside and inside, the space, the body, and all of them, even if it were loosely connected.
Even though I thought about it, it was quite difficult to make it happen due to the number of spectators and other things.
In the meantime, the world has been placed in a harsh environment called corona misfortune.
I think we realized the importance of the body in such a harsh situation. "The body is something that cannot be replaced by anything else, and cannot be separated from yourself."
It's the same for me, and when I was doing stage performances, I began to be very concerned about "how to place the audience."
Of course, it was a special situation where we had to keep our distance, but I wonder if the audience felt more distant and distant from us.
That's why I decided to create something where the performers, the audience, the space, the sound, and the visuals are all close together, and everyone can express themselves and feel it together.
I was selfish and troubled everyone at the Kanagawa Prefectural Youth Center, but I feel like I was finally able to make it happen (laughs).

■What is your ideal audience?

I don't know what to say, it's like going to a museum to see a piece of art.
Customers don't sit and appreciate artworks, do they? You will be able to freely look around the various works that are wonderful and attractive, and you will feel the voice of the creator or the work talking to you in the immediate vicinity of the work.
That's why I wanted to give both the audience and the performers more freedom of choice by making it possible to "walk" on stage in the same way.
Isn't the body more amazing than a work of art? ! Raising your hand, bending your hand, taking a cup of tea, just moving like that changes the space. hey? Amazing body! (smile)
If you face it properly, there are even moments when you can see the life that person has walked.
In this performance, it is said that the audience will be close to the audience, as if "we will travel together and reach the goal together", and not only the dancers but also the audience will be able to realize the meaning of the existence of the body. is the biggest point. The highlight is that the change in space is interwoven with Nibroll-like images and music, and the things that can be felt in each place are different.

Rehearsal at the "Hiroba" Provided by: Prefectural Youth Center

■ Please tell us about the choreography.

There are four performers in this performance. Everyone is a child who has been facing the body, so you should be able to see something very interesting. To reiterate, by having the audience and the performer's bodies exist on the same level, the aim is for the audience to experience the walks and lives of each performer in their own memories.
I am also conscious of the choreography and words that express "life" such as the sun and light, so as not to be technical like ballet or modern. It's very difficult to connect words and the body (dance), and there aren't many people who can do it, but what I'm aiming for is a fusion of dance and theater in the "true sense".


A rehearsal in the "plaza". What does the whole body express? Provided by Prefectural Youth Center

Indoor performance rehearsal courtesy of Nibroll

■What are your thoughts on getting high school students to participate?

This time, we asked high school students to participate in the role of "trees" and let the audience pass by the corridors lined with trees. There is a certain trick that combines sound and video when you pass through, so please look forward to it!
I think that this experience of high school students will greatly affect their lives after that. When I was a high school student, I was taught that dance is not just about technical things, but more everyday actions such as opening a window, drinking tea, raising your hand, and so on. It was time Without that experience, I definitely wouldn't have become a dancer.
I wonder if there is a feeling that I want to teach you to move freely when you feel it.
I would be happy if even one person was born who could shine in this industry in the future (laughs).

Thank you very much, Mr. Yanaihara!

■ Nibroll "Travel Without Distance" performance information

Starring: Moe Aoki, Takahiro Hosoya, Emi Koyama, Anna Kuroda
Directed and choreographed by Mikuni Yanaihara
Video, lighting, art……Keisuke Takahashi
Music……SKANK
Costumes: Yosuke Tanaka
Video/Lighting Assistant: David Kirkpatrick
Advertising art……Keisuke Takahashi
Produced by Izumi Kasagi
Cooperation: Kinki University Yanaihara Laboratory Murasaki Penguin

date and time
Friday, July 22, 17:00
Saturday, July 23, 13:00 17:00
Sunday, July 24 13:00 17:00
* Performance time is scheduled to be about 60 minutes

venue
Prefectural Youth Center Studio HIKARI

price
General advance sale 3,000 yen
General day 3,500 yen
18 years old and under Advance/Same-day ticket: 1,500 yen
*This performance will be an excursion type performance.
*Standing is allowed outdoors, and all seats in Studio HIKARI are non-reserved.
*In case of rain or stormy weather, the event will be held only at Studio HIKARI.

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