Lots of musicals, plays, dance, and more! Experience another world at the theater

ミュージカル、演劇、ダンスなど盛りだくさん! 劇場で別世界を味わおう

Shiki Theater Company's "Phantom of the Opera" is coming to Yokohama!

Speaking of the musical "Phantom of the Opera"...yes, it's Shiki Theater Company. Although the name is so well-known that people remember it right away, there are probably many people who are hesitant, saying, ``I'd like to actually see it someday, but it's a bit far to go to the theater.'' Good news for those people! The Phantom of the Opera will be performed at KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theater <Hall> from March!

What is “The Phantom of the Opera”?

Photographer: Ken Arai (from the previous performance)

Photography: Ken Arai (from the previous performance)

The Paris Opera House in the mid-19th century. During stage rehearsals for the opera ``Hannibal,'' the curtain in the background suddenly falls. Starting with that incident, which was rumored to be the work of the "Phantom of the Opera," a series of mysterious phenomena occur one after another. What will be the fate of the “Phantom” who lives in the Opera House and the songstress Christine?

``The Phantom of the Opera'' is based on a novel written by the popular French author Gaston Leroux (at the time, his popularity was split evenly with Maurice Leblanc, the author of Arsène Lupin!) A story of the most heartbreaking love. Since its inception in London in 1986, it has been performed in 164 cities in 35 countries around the world, with a cumulative audience of over 140 million people. Even if you are not familiar with musicals, there are probably many people who know about ``The Phantom of the Opera.''

The total number of performances in Japan ranks third after “The Lion King” and “Cats”!

``The Phantom of the Opera'' has been performed all over the world, but the Shiki Theater Company's Japan premiere was in 1988, the same year as the Broadway premiere.It remains in history as the third country in the world to perform it after England and the United States. It ranks third in Japan in terms of total number of performances (as of September 30, 2016) after "The Lion King" and "Cats."It is truly one of the best musicals in Japan.

Photography: Katsushi Hori (from the previous performance)

Photography: Takashi Uehara (from the previous performance)

What appears on the stage is a faithful reproduction of the Paris Opera House. Don't miss the elaborate proscenium arch that surrounds the stage like a picture frame and the majestic chandelier floating high above your head! What a luxury it is to be able to experience the profound atmosphere of the Paris Opera in Yokohama!

With gorgeous costumes and stage equipment, the overwhelming singing ability of the actors, and the majestic music that supports them...this performance is a must-see! ! It makes me feel like that.

The impressive stage packed with various attractions is sure to draw you into an extraordinary world all at once.

This is the first long-term performance in the Yokohama area in 4 years!

This is Shiki Theater Company's long-term performance in Yokohama for the first time in about four years since their last production of ``Cats.'' As many of you may remember, "Cats Theater" was located near Shin-Takashima Station in the Minato Mirai 21 district for three years from November 2009 to November 2012. Over the past three years, Cats Theater has become a familiar part of Yokohama's landscape, and I felt very sad when the show ended and the theater was demolished.

Such a long-term performance in Yokohama. It seems that Shiki Theater Company has been considering holding another long-running performance in Yokohama for a long time. This time, the performance will be held for 5 months until August. You can enjoy a spectacular drama that makes full use of the KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theater <Hall>.

The gorgeous stage set, powerful performances by the actors, and heart-touching music will warm your heart.

■Shiki Theater Company musical “Phantom of the Opera” Yokohama performance
Date and time: March 25, 2017 (Sat) - August 13, 2017 (Sun)
Venue: KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theatre (Hall)

Take a break at Kanteido Bookstore, the only book cafe in Chinatown (probably)

Book Cafe/Kanteido Bookstore

This is a little-known cafe where you can escape from the hustle and bustle of Chinatown and enjoy a cup of coffee or Chinese tea while quietly reading a book. Inside the store, there are books on everything from Journey to the West, Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and Kung Fu to Chinese history and fortune-telling, as well as books related to pandas (?). There are also Chinese versions of comics that are familiar in Japan, so you might even be able to study the language! ? The colorful and kitschy interior typical of Chinatown is also a must-see. There is also an outdoor terrace where you can smoke.

Book Cafe/Kanteido Bookstore

Chinese teas such as jasmine tea and lychee tea come with refills of hot water, snacks, and grinning panda jelly.
``At first, the pandas were just cute, but now that I've gotten used to drawing them, their facial expressions have become more complex (lol),'' says the store manager.
We also have beer and pound cake. Perhaps because it is located on the third floor of a building, it is a hidden cafe where you can spend a relatively relaxing time. The store also sells used books and miscellaneous goods.

In addition to pressed flower art classes on Thursdays and Saturdays, we are also planning picture book readings, picture-story show events, a coloring cafe, and a manuscript cafe. We also have a collection of books about Peking Opera, also known as Peking Opera, and books set in 19th century China, the same era as ``The Phantom of the Opera.''

After watching ``The Phantom of the Opera'', which is set in 19th century Paris, you can relax at a retro Chinese restaurant and enjoy the exotic atmosphere of Yokohama for a day.

■BOOKS&CAFE Kanteido Bookstore
Address: 3rd floor, Yokohama Bazaar, 166 Yamashita-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama
Business hours: Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays 11:00-19:30, weekdays: Irregular
Closed: Wednesday

Indulge in the richness of physical expression - Yokohama Dance Collection

©Damien Jalet|Kohei Nawa, VESSEL_2016_ROHM theater_Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue

©Damien Jalet|Kohei Nawa, VESSEL_2016_ROHM theater_Photo by Yoshikazu Inoue

What is “Yokohama Dance Collection”?

This dance festival started in 1996 with the aim of discovering and nurturing young choreographers and popularizing contemporary dance, and is one of the oldest cultural programs in Yokohama. This year will be the 22nd time. The competition, which is the main program of this festival, places emphasis on the uniqueness of the choreography.

We naturally express joy and sadness by shaking our bodies since we were babies, without being taught by anyone. There are an infinite number of ways to express ourselves in this world, such as words, pictures, and music, but dance can especially be said to be the beginning of ways to express ourselves. ``Choreography'' sublimates this method of expression using the ``body'' that everyone has into a work that can be appreciated by everyone, such as the era, aesthetic sense, emotions, and values of the person, and ``choreography'' conveys it with ease. And when I look at the solid technique of the dancers who support this, I feel a sense of joy that lies beyond physical expression.

In any case, this is a stage that I want you to see in real life and feel in your heart.

This year, the 22nd year, an art program in collaboration with the Yokohama Museum of Art will be held.

Well, the Yokohama Dance Collection has a long history, and this year they are holding a program in collaboration with the Yokohama Museum of Art. The Yokohama Museum of Art's special exhibition ``BODY/PLAY/POLITICS'', which was held until December 14th last year, was a group exhibition of contemporary art with the keyword ``body.'' Sharing the same theme as this exhibition at the Yokohama Museum of Art, which multifacetedly shows the expressions created by a single human body, collective behavior, and the spiritual "body," the "body" in dance is Delve deeply into the expressions you create.

New work performance ahead of the world! Junnosuke Tada “Choreograph”

“RE/PLAY (DANCE Edit.)” © Ryuichiro Suzuki

“RE/PLAY (DANCE Edit.)” © Ryuichiro Suzuki

What I would like to draw your attention to is the new work ``Choreograph'' directed by Junnosuke Tada (organizer of Tokyo Deathlock and artistic director of Fujimi Civic Cultural Center Kirari☆Fujimi), who is also a judge of the competition. This performance at Yokohama Dance Collection will be the world premiere.

Junnosuke Tada

``First, let's think about ``choreography'' in dance. Choreographed, choreographed, choreographed, choreographed, dance. The body that gives birth and the body that accepts. Then there's ``choreography'' and ``direction.'' Next, let's think about ``choreography'' in our society. We will also refer to the history of Yokohama, the history that continues there, and particularly consider the relationship between the West and Japan and the future. ”

(From official website)

The performers include Aokid, who is an award-winning choreographer, dancer, and artist at Yokohama Dance Collection 2016 Competition I, and Kaori Ito, who is also an award-winning choreographer and member of Tokyo Deathrock, as well as others from the breakdance world. Gunjo, who was active as a member of the influential band BRONX, has the ability to win the Juste Debout Experimental (2016), a world competition for creative original dance that goes beyond the framework of street dance. , Naoko Tozawa, who is active in a wide range of fields, including appearing in Yokohama Dance Collection 2016 opening ``Mu・Oto・Hana'' and 2017's ``VESSEL yokohama'', is listed.

(From official website)

Director Junnosuke Tada will also appear!
Junnosuke Tada is known as a director who creates ``dance that feels like theater, and theater that feels like dance,'' and has created new stage expressions while expanding new possibilities beyond the framework of existing theater. The unique and unparalleled production has received high praise both domestically and internationally. In recent years, he has continued to create works in Southeast Asia such as Singapore and Cambodia, so why not stop by to see his broad perspective on history?

■Junnosuke Tada “Choreograph”
Direction: Junnosuke Tada
Music: Yoshio Otani
Cast: Aokid, Kaori Ito, Gunjo, Naoko Tozawa, Junnosuke Tada

Date and time: Thursday, February 16th, 2017 from 19:30, Friday, February 17th from 19:30, Saturday, February 18th from 16:00, Sunday, February 19th from 16:00

“Who the hell am I?” Young actors’ Hamlet begins!


Lazona Kawasaki is a commercial facility right near JR Kawasaki Station. Plaza Sol, located on the 5th floor of the West Building, is a multipurpose hall that is easy to enter and familiar to. We host a variety of performances by young musicians and performers, including concerts, plays, and vaudeville performances. This time, the main cast will include fresh young actors and theater trainees from the New National Theater, and an exciting stage performance will be held.

2015 performance “Macbeth”

2015 performance “Macbeth”

One of the joys of watching young actors grow on stage is watching them grow during the performance. In last year's performance of ``Macbeth,'' the performers made the most of the space and body under the limited conditions and performed a powerful and innovative ``Macbeth,'' which received great acclaim.

The number of spectators increased steadily with each performance, and by the final day, the performance had become so popular that it was impossible to enter the venue.

This time, ``Hamlet'' is a masterpiece by Shakespeare, just like ``Macbeth,'' and it is a masterpiece among masterpieces that shines through Shakespeare's eye for human observation, which is representative of Renaissance drama.
“Who am I?” The up-and-coming young actors portray the main character worrying about his way of life, worrying about his own image in a collapsing world, and heading toward madness with passion and speed. Masu. Experience the enthusiasm of the actors on a stage full of energy.

■Lazona Kawasaki Plaza Sol 10th Anniversary Performance Hamlet
Date and time: January 25th (Wednesday) - February 1st (Wednesday), 2017
Location: Lazona Kawasaki Plaza Sol http://www.plazasol.jp/index.html
Kawasaki City, Saiwai Ward, Horikawa-cho 72-1 Lazona Kawasaki Plaza 5F *About 5 minutes walk from JR Kawasaki Station

Japan's only performing arts platform "TPAM-International Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama 2017" will be held!

Courtesy of Kick the Machine Films_feverroom

Courtesy of Kick the Machine Films_feverroom

What is TPAM?

It is Japan's only international performing arts platform, with three programs: ``Performance Program,'' ``Exchange Program for Theater Professionals,'' and ``Public Recruitment Program.'' When it was held last year, 292 participants from 40 countries and regions around the world, including 424 from Japan, made it one of the world's leading performing arts events. Basically, professionals participate, but general participation is also possible in most programs. You can see it for a reasonable admission fee, and the number of visitors last time was 18,773.

A performance program where you can experience performing arts from Asia and the world

The performance program features 13 works/projects that embody the latest trends in performing arts from Asia and the world.
For example, "Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Fever Room" will be premiered in Japan at TPAM!
Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand) has won numerous film awards, including the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and is very active internationally. As a genius Thai filmmaker and artist, he has had many screenings and exhibitions in Japan, including last year's "Uncle Boonmi's Forest," and has been receiving enthusiastic attention from Japanese film and performing arts people who are fascinated by his work. I did.
``Fever Room'' is Apichatpong's first stage production. This work, which has received high praise at festivals around the world, will be performed for the first time in Japan as a completely new theatrical experience that transcends the framework of film and theater!

You can also view exchange programs and open recruitment programs.

The ``Exchange Program'' is for information exchange and networking among performing arts professionals from Japan and abroad, and the general public can participate in symposiums and talk sessions, with the exception of business talks and negotiations. You can also view the open call program ``TPAM Fringe,'' which is an opportunity for new artists to gain international recognition. It is popular every year as a chance for theater fans to discover new talent and works.

In addition, there will be a variety of performances and events during the period!
Therefore, we asked the TPAM management office for recommended performances.

The dance work "BALABALA" (https://www.tpam.or.jp/2017/?program=balabala) , choreographed by Eko Supriyanto (Indonesia), is the third Asian international co-production in which TPAM has participated.
Eko Supriyanto, who has worked as a choreographer and dancer in mainstream works such as Madonna's shows, reinterprets the traditional dance of Jairolo, a remote island in eastern Indonesia, from a modern perspective with five young local female dancers. It is a refreshing performance that transcends gender and cultural barriers. Those under 18 years old can watch for free!

(TPAM PR, Mr. Amemiya)

Those under 18 years old can watch for free.

TPAM, which brings together people involved in the performing arts from Japan and abroad, will also feature performances that are being performed for the first time in Japan, world premieres, and artists who are currently attracting attention. please check it!

■International Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama 2017 (TPAM2017/TPAM in Yokohama 2017)

Date and time: February 11th (Sat) - 19th (Sun), 2017
Venues: KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theatre, Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No.1, BankART Studio NYK, YCC Yokohama Creative City Center, Zou-no-hana Terrace, Amazon Club, and multiple other venues in Yokohama and Tokyo

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