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"Living, making, and transmitting" Yokohama's small art center Wakabacho Wharf has started!

「住まう、作る、発信する」横浜の小さなアートセンター若葉町ウォーフが発進!

Artist-in-residence facility with theater, practice studio, and inn

-What kind of facility is Wakabacho Wharf?

(Kawaguchi)
It is a facility with a theater with a capacity of 44 people on the 1st floor, a studio with a mirror and lesson bar on the 2nd floor, and accommodation with 20 beds on the 3rd floor.

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The theater on the first floor. It features variable seats, a stage, and a high ceiling of 4 meters or more.

(Kawaguchi)
Wakabacho Wharf is aiming for an "art center in your town". There are places to "make" and "stay" and "live" here. Live, make and announce. Furthermore, various people can be involved in various ways, such as watching a play or being involved in production. Worf means "pier", and I imagine that activities and exchanges will expand as a result of this.

I think that the number of artists in residence (AIR) facilities where artists stay in the area, receive inspiration from their lives and exchanges, and create works while using them as food for their creations will increase in the future, both domestically and internationally. However, I would like to make it a place where I can actively collaborate with other facilities and areas and make connections, such as the ones I made here will be staged somewhere next time.

Wakaba Town is a very attractive city. One of the features is that people from various countries live in it, and it is especially easy for foreign visitors to spend time…

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The studio on the second floor. It is suitable for training because it has the same size as the stage on the first floor. You can also use the dressing room during the production.

Read Sarah Kane's "4.48 Psychosis"

-Please tell us about this event.

(Kawaguchi)
Sarah Kane was born in 1971 and was a playwright who was active in England in the 90's. It has been 20 years since his death. It was also introduced in Japan in the 2000s.
In the 90's when she wrote the play, during the Rwandan Civil War, the Gulf War, and the Yugoslav Wars, Kane made a brilliant debut with a play that inserted the cruelty of the British soldiers of the time. She wrote "4.48 Psychosis" in 1999, but died at the young age of 28 without seeing a performance in the theater.

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At the shared lounge for guests on the 3rd floor. 12 beds for unisex / 8 beds for women. Equipped with shared kitchen, shower, washing machine, free Wi-Fi, etc. It is also registered on the inn reservation site, so you can stay even if you are not a theater person.

-When I read the play of "4.48 Psychosis", it doesn't have a role name, and it looks like a list of numbers.There are some parts that are not, and it looks far from the drama format. I can't imagine how it will be performed

(Kawaguchi)
That is right. It's not a simple play, so first unravel what is written in the play. Then I wanted to work on the work. Taking advantage of Wakabamachi Wharf, where an artist-in-residence can be established, the plan is to work on it in two years.
The author, Sarah Kane, himself said, "I don't know how many actors will appear." Since he is a writer who rewrote and published his own play that was performed, it can be said that "4.48 Psychosis" is not a definitive draft. I think that it has various possibilities because it is not a definitive draft.
I'm currently discussing with Sarah Kane's researcher Nina, using English and Japanese textbooks.
In this reading, I will convey the words of Sarah Kane. I have a plan to announce it in the form of an opera in the winter of 2019.

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British playwright Sarah Kane was born in 1971 in Essex. In 1995, at the age of 23, he made a brilliant debut with "Blasted". Received praise from Harold Pinter, Edward Bond and others. Released 5 plays and 1 short film script. Suicide at the age of 28. I can't feel the darkness from the expression on the cover of the drama collection.

Sarah Kane's work from Yokohama

-How did you meet Mr. Nina, a researcher of Sarah Kane, and Mr. Takimoto, who appears?

(Kawaguchi)
A few years ago, when I was performing a series of Sarah Kane's works,I happened to meet Nina Kane, who had come to Japan on a trip there. Has it been about 10 years since you first met Mr. Takimoto? We met each other during their training era. I don't think there are many people who will be involved in a project like this one (laughs), but with Mr. Takimoto, I have been working on experimental things other than Sarah Kane's work.

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Tomoko Kawaguchi Director. Wakabacho Wharf Artistic Associate. Born in 1983. Completed graduate school at Tokyo Gakugei University. Studied under Makoto Sato, a playwright and director.

-How do you feel about Sarah Kane's research in Japan, which is far from England?

(Nina)
This is the first time I have stayed in Yokohama, Japan. I also participate in theater salons and interact with local theater people, which is inspiring. I feel that various activities and connections that transcend national boundaries are empowering the place of Yokohama.
When I saw Mr. Kawaguchi's performance by Sarah Kane, I was shocked that some people had the same sensibility as I did. Sarah Kane is famous in the UK, but her interpretation is biased and I'm not happy with it. I would like to bring this project to England.
We are editing this fall to publish a book on Sarah Kane's research, but we have decided to include our efforts at Wakabamachi Wharf in the final chapter. If it is published in the world, I think I can introduce that there is such an interesting place of art in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan.

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Nina Kane. Worked on Sarah Kane research since 2007. This invitation artist (UK). Artistic director of the cast-off drama. Dramaturge in the text reading of "4.48 Psychosis" to be performed at Wakabacho Wharf on February 7th and 8th.

-On February 7th and 8th, the esoteric work "4.48 Psychosis" will be performed in a text reading, that is, a recitation drama. Mr. Takimoto plays a work for which it is unknown how many performers there are. How do you feel about Mr. Takimoto?

(Takimoto)
Some people may think that this place called Wakabamachi Wharf, the expression itself as a play, and Sarah Kane's writing are "scary." I want to tell you that I'm not scared. I hope I can be embodied by the affection of Nina, the passion of Mr. Kawaguchi, and the affection of the local people. The play, the theater, and Sarah Kane's book are surprisingly normal.
I think of myself as a sponge, and this time I received it from a sharp book, a sharp planner, their love and passion, works and customers, and absorbed it. What I have accumulated here may be released elsewhere.

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Naoko Takimoto. actor. Belongs to the theater company Black Tent. Involved as the only performer in the text reading of "4.48 Psychosis" to be performed on February 7th and 8th.

I want to convey the freedom of theater

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-Why are you talking about Sarah Kane's work here now?

(Kawaguchi)
If you want to set up in Worf, first of all, I wanted to do something pointy. It means that there can be various plays. Instead of heading to a uniform world, theater can be more free. While approaching the playwright Sarah Kane from various directions such as talks, workshops, and text reading, I would like to meet someone who will work with me on activities and projects at this theater.
And I want to keep in mind that when you come to Worf, you can see something strange. I want to keep the point that I can see what I haven't done elsewhere.
The playwright Sarah Kane, who is not always well known, is difficult! It is easy to think that. But it's not interesting because it's difficult to pick up. Actually, it is relatively junk, there are many access points, and the hurdles are not high. I think you can go out with it as if you were reading a manga.
The influence of the theater that you have seen a difficult thing, the fact that human beings perform on the spot, the things that are more interesting than the net, the things that you can not usually find if you come to the theater alone, the things that you can not receive in yourself I hope it will be a work that you can experience.

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Wakabacho Wharf building. The 50-year-old building that retains the atmosphere of the Showa era was renovated.

WAKABACHO WHARF
Address 3-47-1 Wakabacho, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
Phone number 045-315-6025
Fax number 045-315-6027
E-mail info@wharf.site

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“4.48 PSYCHOSIS”
Period: January 28th (Sun) -February 9th (Fri), 2018
Invited Artist: Nina Kane (Cast Off Drama Artistic Director / UK)
Planning: Tomoko Kawaguchi (Wakabacho Wharf Artistic Associate)

◇ Program 1 Screening + Talk
Video screening + talk program of "Cleansed" (written by Sarah Kane), which was performed continuously from 2010 to 2013.

January 31st (Wednesday) 19:00
Screening: "Purification. (2011 Koza cleansed project)
Talk Program: Hyakuyo Niimi (Art Forum Azamino Gender Equality Center Yokohama Kita) & Nina Kane

Thursday, February 1st, 19:00
Screening: "Washed and Cleansed" (2012 Koza cleansed project)
Talk Program: Hiroyuki Kondo (Shakespeare Researcher, Professor, Tokyo Gakugei University / Translator of "Washing Cleanse") & Nina Kane

◇ Program 2 Open Workshop
Saturday, February 3rd, 13: 00-16: 00
Facilitator: Tomoko Kawaguchi & Nina Kane

◇ Program 3 Text Reading
February 7 (Wednesday) + February 8 (Thursday) 19:30
"4.48 Psychosis" Text Reading Written by Sarah Kane Translated by: Takehiko Tanioka Director: Tomoko Kawaguchi Dramaturge: Nina Kane Stage Director: Tatsuhiko Ito Sound: Takeshi Shima Lighting: Yusuke Yokohara Cast: Naoko Takimoto

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